Entrance to the courtyard below Juliet's balcony
As we approached the center of town, we came to Juliet's House. Although Romeo and Juliet were fictional characters, in Verona today you will find the Casa di Giulietta, a home which belonged to the Capello family for many years. Tradition and a city council who encourages tourism have established that the Capellos were the Capulets in William Shakespeare's play. A balcony was added to the home in 1936 and it has become a world famous attraction.
We didn't pay to tour the inside of the house, which is reported to be fairly uninteresting, but did photograph the courtyard, Juliet statue and places where people were leaving mementos of their love. While preparing for this trip, we had watched the movie Letters to Juliet which is largely set in Verona. Letters addressed to Juliet have been arriving in Verona since the 1930s and more than 5,000 letters are now received annually. Much as depicted in the movie, the letters are read and replied to by local volunteers in the Club di Giulietta, which is financed by the City of Verona.
copyright 2012 by Keith Stokes.