In the entrance of the building, where you will see the famous (BUT false) balcony , where Giulietta Capelletti met Romeo Montecchi, you will be able to stick your Love-letters on a wall , where you will find already thousands of other love-letters.
To post your love-letters there is to be said to be some sort of a guarantee for a love lasting forever....
....so take your chance, as even writings directely on the wall seem to be working well !!
It is a pity, we came too late to the gate of Casa di Giulietta, but at least we could take a look through the fence :
During the day thousands , mainly male tourists are trying to touch the right breast of the statue of Giuletta and get a photo as well while doing so.
Look at this statue, that is completely cleaned by all of these touches, while the face is almost black.
It is ment for good luck and ever-lasting love...
There is NO guarantee, but maybe it will work, so why not trying yourself.
During the day you will hardly ever find a quiet moment inside that lovely innercourt with the famous balcony and the statue of Juliet.
Watch out for the interesting Whale-rib that hangs down since more than 1000 years from "Arco della Costa".
There is a legend, saying that the whale-rib will not fall down untill the moment, that a person walks under it, who never told a lie .
Kings and popes walked underneath and nothing happened - the bone remained there even in the moment, when Lothar(lerch) and I went under it....
...I simply DO NOT believe such legends...
...but there are certainly more rewards in real life for liars than for people who stick to the truth . But where else than in Verona will they also be thrown a whale-rip on their head, when walking at the wrong places...?? :-)
There are so many contradictions regarding W. Shakespeare and his work, some experts doubt he ever visited Italy and Verona, others doubts he wrote all those novels among which "Romeo and Juliet" is probably the best known. To those who visiting Verona it is absolutely irelevant, this beautiful town, which is crowded by historic sights of world's importance, is best known for its love legend and most of tourists visiting it just because of it.
The city of Verona honoured W. Shakespeare by relatively small bust which is hardly visible if one isn't in its close distance. Besides, it is placed on Portoni della Bra as it was idea to hide it from the visitors of the town. On the other hand, that is my impression only and of course it might be wrong.
As homeland of Romeo & Juliet, Verona celebrates St. Valentine in a special way.... See the central shopping street of Via Mazzini full of red hearts decoratios for Feb, 14th 2006.
In those days, there is "Schermi d'Amore" a "sentimental and melo international film festival".
Of course, every Feb, 14th the "Dear Juliet" award is given to the best love letter sent to Juliet.
Yes, load of letters are sent every year to Juliet, and a few secretaries (no joke, it's for real!) read them all, often reply giving advice.... and select the best for the finals of the love letetrs award!.
See the above link for more! So, are you a real romantic soul? Write to Juliet!
The tragedy of Juliet Capuleti and Romeo Montecchi, first written b the vicentine poet Luigi da Porto in 1524 and immortalised sixty years later by William Shakespeare. Popular imagination, influenced by the sad story of the two lovers, mixed legend and reality .
In my picture you can see on of the two key monuments of the tragedy: Capuleti house. Capuleti house was long property of Dal Cappello family. The building dates from the XII century. In 1905 the house was purchased by the City of Verona. The building took on its current aspect only seventy years ago.
Via Capello 23, Tel 39-0458034303
Hours: 8.00-19.00 Closed: monday
Entrance: 3,10 euros
Students: 1 euros
This is Piazza Leoni which is following by Via Leoni which leads you to Via Capello and Giulietta's house. Further on, there is Piazza delle Erba with Torre Lambertu which can be seen on this picture. Via Capello is one of the most crowded streets of Verona, here you can hear and see tourists from all over the world speaking in languages you probably never heard before.
Piazza Leoni, with its cafes, is a good place to take a break after strolling around.
Be warned, this custom should be done only in Verona and only with Juliett's statue.......I repeat, do not try this with live Italian girls...
But actually the custom or belief is that if a woman comes and embraces Juliett's breast she will have luck in her love life.
Here you can see Zohara doing it also, I guess she figures it can't get worse.....
Of course Verona is associated with the tale of Romeo and Juliet. which takes place in 1303. At the height of the Scaliger dynasty two of the most prominent waring families fighting for domination of the city were the Capulets and the Montagues ...but did they really exist?? Well in ancient chronicles of Verona there is no mention of the CAPULET family but there was a DAL CAPPELLO family (related to San Bonifacio family, sworn enemies of the Montagues) who lived since the 13th century in the palazzo known today as Juliet's House and visited by thousands of people.
Not many people know though that it was Count Luigi Da Porta (1485-1529) who first wrote the immortal tale, "La Guilietta", written in 1524 but not published until 1531, two years after his death. It is claimed that the Count was told a true story of the two tragic lovers by a soldier who served with him in the Venetian Republic army. Count Luigi was thus the first to give literay form to the famous story but of course it was Shakespeare's artisit expression of the tragedy in 1596 that is most well known.
In the grounds of the monaastery where Juliet's grave can be found (see off the beaten path tip) is this so called wish tree.
Messages of good will and love adorn the tree with this poem by Marina Begnini :
"Hang your wish on a tree, it will be
Kissed by the sun
Caressed by the Moon
Wet by the rain
Lit by the star"
Verona has opened a museum at Juliet’s tomb to display the paintings and frescoes of local artists. For a fee of L5,000 ($3.00) a person can view these exhibits. Among the works of art are 16th, 17th, and 18th century examples taken from churches and buildings in Verona. Many of these paintings are repaired and placed here in order to preserve its history. One exhibit was the ornamental painting located in the archway of the Piazza dei Signori, famous for the location of the Della Scala mansion and also the duel scene of Romeo and Tybalt. Many of the paintings displayed are done by an artist named A. Busá. He has illustrated the scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Among them are the first meeting in the ballroom, the secret marriage ceremony, the duel between Romeo and Tybalt, Romeo returning from exile, the duel between Romeo and Paris at Juliet’s tomb, the death of Juliet, and the death of the two lovers.
The story of the two star-crossed lovers, a secret marriage, potions to simulate death, and a tragic ending has been the subject of writers for centuries. Claims of a basic plot can be found as early as the third century, however, the more detailed versions of did not appear until the fifteenth century. The legend of Romeo and Juliet slowly developed by the efforts of Luigi da Porto, Matteo Bandello and Arthur Brooke. However, it was, only in Shakespeare’s hands did the love story itself become the lyrical celebration of youthful passion that we all associate with the names of Romeo and Juliet today. Luigi da Porto published his version of Romeo and Juliet in 1530. The people of Verona credited him with 'the first to tell the story of the two unfortunate lovers'. They may acknowledge his story with such acceptance since he claimed Pellegrimo of Verona had the early fourteenth century chronicles from Bartolomes Della Scala showing the two unfortunate lovers as a true story. Porto’s claim of a factual account may have actually inspired the future writers to use Verona as the setting of Romeo and Juliet.
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