Yes, that’s right – my Romeo didn’t show up at Juliet’s Balcony in Verona. He ditched me. 😀
Perhaps, there’s only one reason why people visit Verona – to see Juliet’s Balcony or House. And of course, Romeo’s House, too! But, don’t get me wrong, Verona is beyond those two fictional characters.
Wait, Who’s Romeo and Juliet? Hmmmmnnn…. I reckon you skipped your high school English class that you don’t have an iota of idea who they are? You must have seen the movie of the same names, right? No? Okaaaayyyy…. Romeo and Juliet is a story of star-crossed lovers (guess who?) written by William Shakespeare. It ended in tragedy but ultimately reunite their two warring families. Sorry for the spoiler. 😀
Was Shakespeare Original? While Shakespeare is very much credited to the popularity of the play, the story is not his originally. And entirely. The plot is based on an Italian tale which was translated into verses in 1562. Then, it was retold in 1567. Shakespeare’s version of the story was published in 1597.
Did Juliet Really Live Here? The answer is NO. She didn’t live here. She is a fictional character, ok? So, there was no Juliet in real life! Neither did Romeo exist. 😀
So, why it’s called Juliet’s Balcony? The house where the balcony is located was once owned by the Capello Family. In 1905, the city of Verona bought it from them. In the story, Juliet’s last name is Capulet which, for some people, sounds similar to Cappello. And then, people started to refer it as Juliet’s Balcony or Juliet’s House. Now, it has become a must-see tourist destination in Verona.
All visitors enter this tunnel-like gated door.
As you notice, the walls are covered in tiny love notes.
They’re usually pasted using a band-aid or a gum. It’s gross, right? 😀
After passing through the gate, you’ll reach into this courtyard.
Directly in front of you is the statue of Juliet.
You might be wondering, “Why is Juliet’s right boob is shinier than the other?”
Well, it is believed that if you touch her right boob, you’ll be blessed in your love life. You will find your true love, they say. So, if I were you, better join the queue for a photo op touching her right…you know. 😉 Yes, I have photos of me doing it as proof!
Behind Juliet’s statue and almost all the walls in the courtyard are plastered with post-it notes. They carry messages of love, wishes, inspirations and dreams of lovers around the world. If you plan to do it, make sure you post your notes on removable panels – or else you’ll be fined when caught! How much? It’s 500 Euros!
After posing with Juliet, look up and you’ll find her balcony.
It is in this balcony where she used to meet Romeo at night, without her parents knowing.
Let’s take a closer look at the world’s most famous balcony.
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Though the house dates back from the 14th century, the balcony wasn’t there until the 17th century.
From above, the balcony is just a tiny feature of the entire house.
And yes, you’re allowed to go up there and have your photo taken right on the balcony! Pretend to look down to the courtyard and find your Romeo among the crowd. 😀
And if you’re a drama queen, say these lines, “Oh Romeo! Where art thou, my Romeo?” 😀
I stayed for a night in Verona. And it was just enough to see the places I wanted to visit. I arrived there in the morning, taking a train from Venice. I wasted no time exploring the city for a day, following the routes I saved via Google Map. Just in case you wanna stay here for a night, stay at II Salotto del Conte. It is inside the historical city center and walking distance to everywhere you wanna go and see. Juliet’s House is just 5 minutes walk from here and 30 minutes walk to the top of Piazza de San Pietro. It’s clean and in a quiet area.