Juliet's House
(Casa di Giulietta)

March 2012 trip to Madrid, Venice, Verona, Milan and Paris.

Verona: Piazza Bra, Roman Arena, Chiesa San Fermo Maggiore,
Juliet's House, Piazza delle Erbe, Chiesa di Santa Anastasia,
Roman Theater & Archaeological Museum, Ristorante Torcolo di Luca Barca,
Castelvecchio Museum

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Juliet's statue - Verona, Italy
Hundreds of people pose with the statue of Juliet each day

Entrance to the courtyard below Juliet's balcony

Friday continued

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.

Court yard outside Juilet's house in Veorna
Tourists milling below Juliet's balcony

Juliet's balcony - Verona, Italy
Juliet's balcony was originally an old sarcophagus

Love padlocks at Juliet's house
Padlocks are sold in the gift shop next to the courtyard, then added to a metal grate - probably for a very short time:-)
(prints of this photo are available at Finearts America)

gum and graffiti at Juliet's house
Heart shaped gum and graffiti fill the walls leading to Juliet's house (prints of this photo are available at Finearts America)

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