Historic walls of Italy

Historic walls of Italy

Italy is known for its many historic walls including Roman, Etruscan, Norman and Aragonese. But there are walls in the country which are famous for rather unusual reasons. Here is a list of such interesting historic walls.

  • Muretto di Alassio. This is a wall of the public gardens near the town of Alessio consisting of 550 ceramic tiles signed by celebrities who visited the palace in the past decades. The tradition was started in the 1950s at the initiative of a local painter who decided to post tiles signed by famous people who visited his father’s bar Caffè Roma. The first tile was posted by Ernest Hemingway. Since then, tiles decorated by various celebrities of film, theater, sport, music, and art – including Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Anita Ekberg, and Jean Cocteau – have been added to the wall.
  • Historic walls of ItalyJuliet’s Wall (Verona). Juliet’s wall, also known as the Wall of Love, is situated in the courtyard inner archway of the house where Juliet Capulet is supposed to have lived in Verona. The wall is covered with graffiti and notes left by visitors for their loved ones. It is said that if you have a special love request and paste it on the wall, your wish will be granted. The building, dating back to the 12th century, was owned by the Dal Cappello family. Identification of the name Cappello with that of the famous heroine of Shakespeare, Capuleti, gave rise to the popular belief that this was Juliet’s house.
  • Muretto dei Ciclisti. This is a true attraction among cycling tourists and it consists of tiles signed by the Gotha of champion cyclists.
  • Wall of fame of Tocco Da Casauria. Located in province of Pescara the wall is decorated with the portraits of Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Sid Vicious, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley and Janis Joplin and many others.
  • Wall of Sormano. Located in the province of Como, it is not actually a wall, but a road with a legendary vertical slope for cyclists. The slope became famous for its toughness as even champions get off their bikes and continue on foot.

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