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Juliette’s Balcony

Verona - Juliets Balcony - detail

Following William Shakespeare’s play about Romeo and Juliet, Verona developed and emphasized Juliet’s monuments. Today, visitors of Verona can see Juliet’s house, the balcony where Romeo delivers his famous speech and the two speak of illicit, and more tragically, Juliet’s tomb.

The story of Romeo and Juliet is a fictional one; Shakespeare chose Verona as the setting for his story despite never having gone to the city. Shakespeare is said to have taken his inspiration from the Italian story by Luigi Da Porto titled “Istoria Novellamente ritrovata di Due Nobili Amanti” (the “Newly found story of two noble lovers”) written in 1530. Luigi Da Porto himself got his inspiration from a tale written in 1476 by the Italian poet Masuccio Salernitano titled “Mariotte e Ganozza”.

Things to see

Juliet’s house was built during the 12th century and used to belong to the Dal Cappello family; their coat of arms can still be seen on one of the walls in the courtyard. During the 19th century, people believed it was the house of Juliet Capulet because of the consonance between the name Cappello and Capuletti. The house is now a museum decorated with furniture from the 16th and 17th century, and displaying several paintings depicting the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet.

The balcony from which Juliet spoke with Romeo was added to the façade between 1936 and 1940 when the house was being renovated. Today this famous balcony can be seen from the courtyard, becoming an important tourist attraction. In addition to the balcony, a bronze statue of Juliet was installed in the courtyard. Legend says that women have to touch her right breast in order to be fertile and find happiness in love. Unfortunately, Juliet’s house of is now covered with ugly graffiti along with numerous letters from lovers who visited and wanted to leave a mark of their being there.