Even though Juliet Capulet is a fictional character created by Shakespeare, millions worship her as a love goddess. Every year tourists from around the globe flock to Verona just to see the balcony where she was wooed by her Romeo.
In reality the building dates from the 12th century. In 1905 the house was purchased by the City of Verona.
The balcony belongs to the aptly named La Casa di Giulietta, or House of Juliet, the former home of the Cappello family and the inspiration for the Capulets. Love-struck couples linger in the garden, pose for pictures on the balcony, or attach letters filled with sweet nothings to the walls. For good luck, many like to touch the bronze statue of Juliet, which has resulted in it developing a patina. Many people also leave their mark through graffiti and sticking chewing gum to the walls, some of the blobs being shaped into crude hearts.
People even send mail to Juliet of Verona. There is a local volunteer group that is dedicated to responding to the thousands upon thousands of letters that pour in annually from people desperately seeking romantic advice.
What was nothing more than a figment of Shakespeare’s imagination is now a central part of Verona’s tourism industry.
Know Before You Go
From 6th August 2021 to enter Juliet's House and places of culture it is compulsory to have the Green Pass, the green certification COVID19