Juliet’s house│Casa di Giulietta, Verona.
Juliet’s house (Italian: Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona. Inside the courtyard, is the most famous balcony in the world. Every day crowds of people make their way through the narrow archway into the courtyard to admire and photograph this famous balcony. Couples of all ages swear eternal loyalty here in memory of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.
The crazy part about all of this – the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, never really existed. On top of that, William Shakespeare never went to Verona once in his entire lifetime. However, Verona is undeniably linked with the fate of these star-crossed lovers. To recognize this fact, and to offer the countless couples who come to Verona every year a worthy location, the city of Verona bought today’s house of Juliet from the Dal Capello family in 1905. Since there is a great similarity of their names, they declared the house to be the family residence of the Capuleti family – a the tourist WENT NUTS for this spot!
After entering the courtyard of Juliet’s house, we immediately noticed the thousands of small scraps of paper which covered entire areas of wall. The legend goes: all who write down their love vows to their partner and stick them on the wall will stay together with their partner for the rest of their lives. They will also be very happy in that relationship. We saw many tourists touching the right breast of the bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard. Apparently this will bring luck to all who are trying to find their true love.
Below, those sweet poetic words that we all know so well…
Tourists flock to Verona to leave the letters and messages, often using chewing gum to stick them to the brick walls of the courtyard beneath the balcony. Unfortunately this results in an unsightly mess of hardened blobs of gum and tattered scraps of paper which deface the World Heritage-listed city’s most popular attraction, a former inn known as the Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s House.
In an effort to clean up these walls, the city put a rule in place which prohibits the sticking of chewing gum or adhesive Post-it notes to the walls. Writing love-struck graffiti on the walls of the courtyard and the tunnel that leads into it will also be banned, apart from on specially-provided, removable panels. While we were in the courtyard, we saw hoards of people writing not he archway walls – so we assumed that this was allowed. We aren’t sure what the current rule is, but back in 2012 there was a 500 Euro fine for those caught doing this.
In the souvenir shop located inside the courtyard, tourists can buy love locks to attach to the wall opposite to Juliet’s balcony. There was barely any space left at all, so lovers had begun attaching their locks to other locks. Participating in an act like this – leaving your love locks attached to each other, and then to a gate – is a symbol of an everlasting love.
Justin and I have done this a couple times. Check out our first time in South Korea:
Love Locks at Seoul Tower
Since it seemed like no one was being chased away from these archway walls, and there were no signs inside there prohibiting writing on the wall, we decided to leave a little mark.
Can you find it?
There wasn’t much room and all we had was a normal pen, so it wouldn’t write over much. We managed to get a little “JC” in a heart. You’ll have to look reeeeeeeeaallly carefully to see it!
Many of you have probably seen the film, ‘Letters to Juliet’, starring Vanessa Redgrave and the American actress Amanda Seyfried. The custom of leaving love declarations, many of them addressed to the fictional Juliet, was celebrated in this movie. The film tells the story of a young American tourist who stumbles on an intriguing letter shoved behind a loose brick in the courtyard beneath Juliet’s balcony. Check out that Trailer HERE.
Even though this location is based purely upon fictional characters, while we were there it was hard to keep that in mind! For some reason, as you stand below that balcony I started to imagine that the entire Romeo & Juliet story was true… And that the balcony scene really happened, RIGHT THERE!
How exciting that we got to visit such an adored place. There was definitely an air of awe in the courtyard, and even though there were far too many people there, it was great to see this infamous balcony!