Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) is one of the main attractions of Verona with 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 the famous balcony. Couples of all ages swear eternal fidelity here in memory of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.
The house in Verona that has been billed as Juliet’s, is on the whole fluff covered with touristic fairy dust. Shakespeare’s Juliet wasn’t based on a real person, and the house doesn’t have any relation to the story. Nevertheless, you’ll always find big crowds of people from all over the world who come here to live the fantasy.
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 cop a feel of the bronze statue of Juliet, specifically her right breast, which has resulted in it developing a beautiful 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.
Entered through a little arched passageway set inside Casa di Giulietta’s main courtyard, the small statue of a girl is a favorite for visitors. Found just a few feet from the balcony from which she and Romeo first confessed their love, this statue of Juliet effectively humanizes this tragedy we all know so well. Before you leave, take a moment to rub the right breast of Juliet, a tradition no one seems to be able to explain.