Where does most of the action in Romeo and Juliet take place?  

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There are several different settings for the action in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the majority of which are in the northern Italian city of Verona. One scene, Act V, Scene 1, takes place in the neighboring city of Mantua. Within Verona, Shakespeare sets scenes in the streets of the city, the Capulet estate, Friar Laurence's "cell," and the Capulet tomb in Verona's cemetery. Two of the most action packed scenes explode in the city streets where the Montagues and Capulets clash over a longtime feud. In Act I, Scene 1 violence erupts over a simple gesture which is viewed as an insult. In Act III, Scene 1 two men are killed in the street. Many of the scenes are set at the Capulet estate, in the hall where Lord Capulet holds a masked ball focused on in Act I, Scene 5, Juliet's bedroom adjacent to the balcony which is the setting of Act II, Scene 2, and short comedic scenes set in the house's kitchen. The final scene of the play is staged at the Capulet monument which would have been a large vault housing the bodies of the Capulets, including the newly dead Tybalt, and the sleeping Juliet. It is here that the ultimate tragedy occurs as both Romeo and Juliet commit suicide.