Verona is one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Italy and a top destination among tourists. The main attraction is “Casa di Giulietta” or “Juliet’s House”, which was the home of one of Shakespeare’s favorite heroines who was unlucky in love. But do you know the truth about this legend?
Juliet never lived here because she is a fictional character and, in fact, she didn’t live anywhere, ever.
The house was bought from the Capello family by the city of Verona in 1905, and the similarity of the name with the Capulets (Juliet’s family name in the famous opera) resulted in the declaration of the bourgeoisie of the city that here was “Juliet’s house”, in this way appearing the famous tourist attraction.
Little love notes cover the walls of the court. It is said that if you leave a declaration of love to Juliet’s house, you’ll be loved forever by your significant other. However, because of many women that have glued their notes with chewing gum and practically destroyed the structure of the building, if you stick something here you can be fined up to €500.
It is said that if you touch the right breast of Juliet’s statues, you’ll find your true love.
People are still writing letters to Juliet, asking her advice in matters of love. A team of volunteers, called “secretaries of Juliet” answer all the letters, their office being located in a room on the second floor of the house.
The house and the letters became the subject of the film “Letters to Juliet” with Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave.
The house dates from the 14th century and is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture.
You can see the famous balcony where Juliet stood while Romeo was singing her serenades, but take into account that everything is fictional.
The balcony did not originally belong to the house, which is actually a former inn, but was built from pieces of a sarcophagus dating from the 17th century and subsequently attached to the wall.
The rooms contain authentic objects from the time of Romeo and Juliet, giving you the chance of making an idea about how life in Verona was in that period of time.
Every year, thousands of people visit Juliet’s house, because whether it is real or not, is a great place for a romantic vacation.