The perfectly kept medioeval architecture gives a particular charm to the old town.
No doubt these features were very important for the filming, but we deem that Maestro Zeffirelli was allured by Gubbio not only for its architecture; the peculiar relief of the town in which we can catch tension and dynamism supplied the suitable locations for the most vigorous scenes.
From back, through small windows, the day-light penetrates in (in the movie this part of the crypt had been fenced by a wall.) Again, here is the granite column with carvings on the top that was clearly visible in the movie beside Juliet's coffin. When in the town we again enjoyed the view of the church, this time from far and on the back side.
I was so regretful not to have taken with me at least a little flower to be left in the crypt as I usually do when I visit Juliet's tomb in the real Verona! Later we found an ancient public fountain, very similar to the one where Mercutio "took a bath" in the movie.
But one day our dream became true thanks to friends from the Italian Shakespeare Association - Cynthia and Romano.
The weather seemed more suitable for the final of the drama.We sincerely thank them for this "joyful" discovery of Italy.One cannot help recalling Germaine De Stael' s novel "Corinne ou de l' Italie" in which the Italian heroine disclosed to her foreign friends the unique beauties of her Motherland.Once we had the chance to learn that the author of the early Italian story about Romeo and Juliet first called it "JOYFUL STORY..." and we think that there was nothing amazing in it despite the sorrowful ending of the tale.One must note that in this context the word "joyful" does'nt mean "merry" nor "amusing", but understands Happiness in the highest meaning of this noun: the capability of experimenting THE great Love, the sacred gift from heaven of which Romeo and Juliet were so generously endowed.How charming is the rose-window on the church entrance!