Letters to Juliet Filming Locations in Verona and Tuscany

Sophie in the courtyard of Juliet's House in Verona, Italy as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010

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.

The first is a view of the river Adige, the Santa Anastasia Church and the Lamberti Tower. Essentially, a view of Verona.

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!

Castel San Pietro from across the river in Verona, Italy
View of the castle
View from Castel San Pietro in Verona, Italy
View of Verona from the castle, like in the film!

Almost Ginger blog owner and the view of Verona from Castel San Pietro in Verona, Italy

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.

Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona Italy

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.

Ponte Pietro bridge in Verona, Italy

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.

Gardello Tower in Piazza Erbe, Verona in Italy

Madonna Verona Fountain in front of the Gardello Tower in Piazza Erbe, Verona in Italy

5. Verona Arena, Piazza Bra, 1, 37121, Verona

Finally, the proper scenes in Verona begin! The camera sits in a crack in the wall, like a small passage or back street, and Sophie is walking towards us in Piazza Bra next to the Verona Arena.

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.

Verona Arena in Piazza Bra, Verona in Italy

Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy

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.

Via Pellicciai just off Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona, Italy
Via Pellicciai

Scalette San Marco just off Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona, Italy

Scalette San Marco just off Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona, Italy

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.

Vicolo San Marco in Foro in Verona, Italy

Vicolo San Marco in Foro in Verona, Italy

Sophie and Victor getting into a car in Verona as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010
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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!

Entrance to Casa di Giulietta Courtyard in Verona, Italy
The sign IRL isn’t quite as fancy!
Sophie in the courtyard of Juliet's House in Verona, Italy as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010
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Sophie looking at letters outside Juliet's House in Verona as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010
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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?

Casa di Giulietta balcony and courtyard which are Letters to Juliet filming locations in Verona, Italy

Almost Ginger blow owner in Casa di Giulietta Courtyard in Verona, Italy which is a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

Chewing gum and notes on the walls of Casa di Giulietta in Verona, Italy

Chewing gum and notes on the walls of Casa di Giulietta in Verona, Italy
Chewing gum, chewing gum everywhere…

Almost Ginger blog owner posing with the Juliet statue in the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta in Verona, Italy

Casa di Giulietta Courtyard in Verona, Italy which is a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

Quote on a plaque from the play Romeo and Juliet in the Casa di Giulietta Courtyard in Verona, Italy

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.

Casa di Giulietta Courtyard in Verona, Italy which is a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

Juliet Statue in the Casa di Giulietta Courtyard in Verona, Italy which is a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

Inside Casa di Giulietta in Verona, Italy
Inside Casa di Giulietta
Posting a postcard in the Casa di Giulietta postbox in Verona, Italy
Still waiting on my reply from the Secretaries of Juliet!

Almost Ginger blog owner on the balcony in Casa di Giulietta in Verona, Italy which is a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

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.

Green door on Via Cappello in Verona, Italy, a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

Green door on Via Cappello in Verona, Italy, a Letters to Juliet Filming Location

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.

Left of Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria in Verona, Italy

Left of Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria in Verona, Italy

Left of Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria in Verona, Italy

The Secretaries of Juliet in Verona, Italy as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010
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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

Next, they walk through the imposing Piazza del Campo, which is home to Pubblico Palace, the big church-like building with a huge tower.

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

Sophie and Charlie eating gelato in a piazza in Siena, Tuscany as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010
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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!

Claire and Lorenzo in a vineyard in Tuscany as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010)
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Lorenzo and Claire on a vineyard in Tuscany as seen in Letters to Juliet (2010
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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!

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!

The courtyard in Juliet's Tomb in Verona, Italy

Plaque of Romeo and Juliet play excerpt and William Shakespeare bust at Juliet's Tomb in Verona, Italy

The actual tomb at Juliet's Tomb in Verona, Italy
Yup, this is the tomb, folks

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!


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6 thoughts on “Letters to Juliet Filming Locations in Verona and Tuscany

  1. Cheryl says:

    This was a fantastic article and such a treat! Did you know Clair and Lorenzo are married in real life? Like the couple, they were together (and had a child) in 1969, but tragically separated, remaining friends,, only to reconnect and marry 30 years later! I love true love!

  2. Fredrik says:

    This is so cool! Amazing blog and the job u have done to find these places. Thank you ☺️
    Fredrik from Sweden

  3. Mai says:

    Amazing blog post! I’m planning a trip to Italy when I graduate law school. I adore this movie and I really want to follow Sophie’s itinerary so this is really helpful 🙂

    • Rebecca says:

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Sounds like an awesome way to celebrate! If you need help with anything else feel free to reach out! ☺️

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