It’s taken me almost 10 years of studying film and being a self-confessed cinephile to realise my favourite genre of movies is romance. Romcoms, romance animations, romantic dramas… You name them, I love them. And that probably explains why I was so excited about hitting up all the Letters to Juliet filming locations on my recent trip to the fair city of Verona in Italy.
Letters to Juliet (2010) centres on Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a fact checker and aspiring writer working for The New Yorker. When she and her husband-to-be head to Verona for a pre-wedding honeymoon, she gets wrapped up in a fifty-year-old love story. She meets the Secretaries of Juliet who answer letters left at Juliet’s House in Verona (as in, Romeo and Juliet) by the heartbroken and she finds one letter lost in a wall left by young Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) who’s now fifty years older. Sophie leaves Verona to join Claire and her grandson on a trip around Tuscany to find the former lover she wrote about in her letter to Juliet…
I know. It’s mushy and corny and very unrealistic… But I love this film. And the freakin’ beautiful Italian scenery makes up for any of the plot’s shortfalls.
I’ve watched Letters to Juliet so many times and you CANNOT visit Verona without watching this film. I don’t know another film that features Verona so prolifically! Granted, I didn’t visit Tuscany on my trip to Italy but the majority of the locations are in Verona anyway. And I plan to visit the Siena locations one day, for sure!
This is my detailed list of all the Letters to Juliet filming locations in Verona and Siena, Tuscany complete with addresses, photos and map!
Letters to Juliet Filming Locations in Verona, Siena and Tuscany
Letters to Juliet Filming Locations in Verona
1. Castel San Pietro, 37129, Verona
After our young couple, Sophie and Victor, leave New York, they head to Verona! The first Letters to Juliet filming locations in Verona are establishing shots of this drop-dead gorgeous city.
This is undoubtedly the view from Castel San Pietro, one of the best viewpoints in the city. The castle viewpoint is free to enter, but I chose to use the funicular so I wasn’t a hot, sweaty mess at the top. The funicular of Castel San Pietro is only €2 per return ticket for adults anyway. Worth it!
2. Piazza Delle Erbe, 37121, Verona
Next stop is Piazza Della Erbe! This is the main piazza in all of Verona. Every day this piazza hosts a market with stalls covering the whole square. It used to sell fruit, veg and other produce and while there is still some food, it mainly caters to selling tourist tat these days.
3. Ponte Pietra, 37121, Verona
Ah, Ponte Pietra. Maybe not the most walked-across bridge in the city but it’s still very pretty. It was originally built by the Romans in 100BC but was destroyed in WWII and had to be rebuilt. This is the third shot in the establishing montage. It’s shot from the side of Castel San Pietro across the river.
I’ve seen this filming location incorrectly listed as the Castelvecchio Bridge/Ponte Scaligero which is definitely wrong! Any googling will tell you the same.
4. Gardello Tower, Piazza Erbe, 40, 37121, Verona
For the last establishing shot, we’re actually back in Piazza Della Erbe. This time, it’s a close-up of the Gardello Tower which sits in the northwest corner of the piazza with the Madonna Verona Fountain in the foreground.
5. Verona Arena, Piazza Bra, 1, 37121, Verona
Yes, the arena is very similar to the Colosseum in Rome! Except it’s now a spectacular theatre hosting opera shows during the summer months.
6. Scalette San Marco, 37121, Verona
We cut to Sophie still walking around Verona but she’s jumped to Piazza Delle Erbe and turned left onto Via Pellicciai.
She looks up Scalette San Marco where her husband-to-be is on the phone and he shouts to her down the street. Prime location for a hotel, eh? In reality, I think it’s just an apartment.
7. Vicolo San Marco in Foro, 37121, Verona
Sophie meets Victor outside the entrance of their hotel just further down the street on Vicolo San Marco. The sign says ‘Pensione Verona’ with three stars outside, but this must have been added for the film.
8. Rocca Sveva di Cantina di Soave, Via Covergnino, 7, 37038, Soave
I’m quite smug about finding this particular Letters to Juliet filming location because I haven’t seen it listed anywhere else. And it was pretty straightforward to find! Let me bask in my snugness for just a couple more minutes while I explain how I found it…
After Sophie meets Victor outside their hotel, he proceeds to take her on a mind-numbing food and wine tour in Verona’s countryside. I mean, Sophie seems to hate it but eating a lot of delicious food and drinking wine in Italy sounds a bit like heaven to me.
The first place they visit is a winery. Well, I just made out ‘Cantina di Soave‘ behind Victor and the wine seller’s heads in the film, which is a fancy wine made in Verona. Their main wine shop is Rocca Sveva di Cantina di Soave which is a few miles outside of Verona. It looks exactly like the location in Letters to Juliet, vineyards and all, so I think I’ve nailed it!
Sadly, the other vendors didn’t have any obvious signage or evidence as to where they might be…
9. Casa di Giulietta. Via Cappello, 23, 37121, Verona
Back in Verona’s city centre (leaving Victor to eat truffles approx 120km away), Sophie ends up at Casa di Giulietta AKA Juliet’s House. There’s a lovely brass-looking sign outside the courtyard on Via Cappello in the film which isn’t usually there. Let’s dive into some back story!
The History of Juliet’s House
I’m assuming you know the gist of Romeo and Juliet, the play by William Shakespeare. It was a fictional story, but the characters (the Montagues and Capulets) might have existed in Verona all those years ago. What is now known as Juliet’s House might have belonged to the Capulet family. There’s more to it, but when you visit you can read the helpful information plaques in the courtyard.
Flashforward to Juliet’s House as it is today. Young women (usually) leave notes, chewing gum (yes, really) and letters to ‘the secretaries of Juliet’ asking for help with their love life problems. In reality, Club de Giulietta actually exists and you can apply to volunteer in the club here and write letters back to people!
In the courtyard, there’s a statue of Juliet and you’re supposed to rub her right boob for good fortune and luck in love (which is demonstrated in the film) which seems a bit weird because Juliet was supposed to be 13-years-old. You can also pay to visit the Juliet House Museum which is where you deposit your letters IRL. Which I did, and I’m still waiting on a reply… And the museum is where you can stand on the famous ‘balcony’ which most likely was built in the 1930s, not the 1500s/1600s. And the play didn’t even explicitly mention a balcony… WHATEVER, I’m a romantic, okay?
Juliet’s House and Courtyard in the film
In Letters to Juliet, there are benches and loads of girls sitting around weeping and writing their letters to Juliet, but normally that courtyard is so packed benches would be a bad idea.
Also, since the letters are posted inside the museum IRL, they aren’t stuck to a wall and collected like in the film. Letters to Juliet also constructed a fake wall for the letters to be stuck to because wow that’s a really old wall plus a brick had to be pulled out of it so Sophie could find the 50-year-old lost letter from Claire. You kind of need a fake wall for that.
It’s only the courtyard that’s featured in the film, and Sophie returns to the courtyard a few scenes later where she meets Claire and her grandson for the first time.
10. Green Door on Via Cappello, 23, 37121, Verona
When the lady collects the letters in a basket and walks away, Sophie decides to follow her. In Letters to Juliet, it looks like the lady walks through an arch but in real life, this is the doorway to a building which is almost always closed. It’s a big, green door if you want to look out for it. It’s directly opposite Intimissimi on Via Cappello.
11. Left of Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria, 9, 37121, Verona
She follows her to a restaurant in Piazzetta Pescheria which is a small piazza not too far away from Juliet’s House but far enough. The other secretaries of Juliet are sat outside in a restaurant called ‘Trattoria Lettere e Giulietta’ which, of course, doesn’t exist. Apparently, this is where they respond to letters but it’s just an empty building which was dressed up for the film. Sadly, I’m not sure about the interiors. The restaurant was situated to the left of an actual restaurant called Pescheria I Masenini which is a fine-dining seafood restaurant.
Sophie will reverse this exact path when she follows Charlie, Claire’s grandson, from the fake restaurant back to Juliet’s House courtyard.
12. Villa Arvedi Verona, Via Conti Allegri, 37023, Grezzana
This is a Letters to Juliet filming location that’s a bit out of sync. It should appear after number 13 in the chronology of the film. But, it’s technically in the wider area of Verona so it belongs in this section!
Sophie, Claire and grandson Charlie all head off in search of Claire’s long lost love. Since Lorenzo Bartolini is apparently a common name, they stumble upon a few dead ends. I don’t know most of the filming locations used for the several different Lorenzo’s homes, but I do know the location of this one. By far the most flashy and wealthy of all the Lorenzos is Count Lorenzo who lives in this stunning mansion called Villa Arvedi Verona.
Letters to Juliet Filming Locations in Siena and Tuscany
13. Relais Borgo Scopeto Hotel, Strada Comunale 14 Siena-Vagliagli, 18, 53010, Castelnuovo
And so, after hearing about Claire’s sad story about leaving her true love, Lorenzo Bartolini, as she went home to England all those years ago, the search is on to find this man fifty years later! It turns out, there are a quite a few Lorenzo Bartolini’s living in the wider Siena area in Tuscany so it’s not a simple task.
While searching for the real Lorenzo Bartolini (will the real Lorenzo please stand up…), they stay in a super swanky hotel. The swanky hotel in question is the absolutely charming Relais Borgo Scopeto Hotel. They even have a room called ‘Sophie’s Suite’ if you’re an Extremely Keen fan of Letters to Juliet.
14. Piazza Tolomei, 53100, Siena
With Claire resting for the day, Sophie and Charlie take the opportunity to explore Siena…
Piazza Tolomei! This is where the weird gold mime is using an old-timey film camera. The church you can see in this piazza is St. Christopher’s Church and Sophie and Charlie appear from the street to the right of the church called Via Cecco Angiolieri.
15. Piazza del Campo, Il Campo, 53100, Siena
It’s pretty funny ’cause this shot must have been captured with a huge crane over the entire piazza and almost everyone sat in the square seems to be staring right into the camera or at the actors!
16. Piazza San Giovanni, 53100, Siena
Eventually, the pair end up sitting down to grab a gelato in Piazza San Giovanni and you can see the black and white facade of the Duomo di Siena directly behind them. They playfully throw gelato at each other as some kind of way of saying ‘I secretly love you’ without the words. Personally, I’d never waste good gelato under any circumstances
17. Caparzo S.R.L. Vineyard/Winery, Località Caparzo, 53024, Montalcino
The final Letters to Juliet on this list is the real Lorenzo’s winery and vineyard. Yes, spoiler alert, Claire finds him and they live happily ever after! His winery is Caparzo S.R.L Vineyard/Winery and it looks just as fairytale-esque in real life as it does in the film.
Claire and Lorenzo get married here at the end of the film. And, of course, Charlie and Sophie profess their love for one another here! …Victor who?
Seriously, if you don’t want to move to Tuscany and open your own winery after watching this film then I don’t understand you!
BONUS Romeo and Juliet Locations in Verona
If you’re a hopeless romantic (like me) or a sucker for good marketing strategies (also me) then there are plenty or Romeo and Juliet themed restaurants, hotels, etc. in Verona. Perfect stops to visit during a romantic weekend in Verona with your significant other!
- Hotel Giulietta e Romeo (3-star hotel near Piazza Bra)
- Romeo & Juliet Non-Hotel (Guesthouse just outside of Verona)
- Relais De Charme Il Sogno Di Giulietta (5-star Luxury Boutique hotel in Casa di Giulietta’s courtyard, this would be my pick!!)
- Osteria Giulietta e Romeo (Laidback restaurant in Verona)
You can also visit Juliet’s Tomb, which is a museum on the site of a former Monastery which somehow claims to be where ‘Juliet’ is buried (?). It’s something to do with the Friar in the play, I think. It’s a tenuous link at best, but it’s a pretty and quiet place to visit and popular with weddings. I would only go out of your way to visit the tomb if you also wanted to visit inside Casa di Giulietta and not just the courtyard. It’s only €1 more to visit the tomb on the same day as Casa di Giulietta which was worth it to me. Definitely, don’t pay full price for Juliet’s Tomb, you’d be so disappointed!
And those are ALL the Letters to Juliet filming locations in Verona! Have you watched Letters to Juliet or visited Verona? Let me know in the comments below!