The tourism to Verona is not of Dante or of the Petrarch or dell’Arena, it is of Giulietta. However it is not even sure that Shakespeare ever visited Verona and the characters of the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet come from a story by Luigi da Porto of Vicenza.
It is also not sure, whether Romeo and Juliet were living persons.
The legend, that Juliet lived here, spread in the 19. century, since the house built in the 12. century, was the property of the Family Dal Capello (the name Capulet would come from here).
From the courtyard you can see Juliet’s Balcony, which was added to the house during a restoration in the 1930s. The late addition of the balcony is a point of contention, though.
But the highlight of the visit would be the bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard.
True or not, you may rub the right breast of Juliet's statue for good luck like everybody else.
You can also see a lot of graffiti notes on the walls.
Juliet's house is now the property of the state and is used to house a small museum and temporary art exhibitions. All the frescoes, paintings, and ceramics on display are genuine antiques from the 16th and 17th century, however, none of them have ever belonged to the Capulets.
By the way, you can save money - 3 Eu for general entry and 7 Eu for the whole tour - if you just walk in the courtyard, sjnce it is free. The whole complex is opened daily from 9am to 7pm, except on Mondays, when is opened in the afternoon only.
So, if Juliet lived here, what about Romeo? A couple of streets away the house at 4, Via Arche Scaligere has been designated as his home. It is private, so other than a sign on the wall there is nothing much to see.
"There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world,
And world's exile is death."
—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene III
Since the story is fictional the house must be also, but, like they say, it's the thought that counts. It is, however, a very old house (13th century). The house's most photographed attraction is the balcony and visitors rub the right breast of Juliet's statue for luck.
This is one of the most visited spots in town, however it was very, very difficult to find! We got lost several times trying to find it so, we had to ask to locals for it. Of course Juliet didn't exist but tourists wanted to see something related with the story so, this balcony was made to satisfy all those dream-lovers. There is not so much to do there, just to see the balcony and if you wish you can go up there. There is also a Juliet statue, if you touch her right breast, it is supposed it'll bring you luck. There is a souvenir shop with lots of things with the name of 'Romeo and Juliet' printed on them but it was quite expensive. In the walls of the entrace of this place you can leave a love message or whatever you want. I'm not that superstitious but my sister wrote a note asking to find a special person and that same night she met a nice guy in Venice, needless to say they are in touch up to this date, seriously!!
Verona is home to Shakespeare's fictional yet legendary couple, and he only elaborated on a previously existing script. In actuality, the feuding Montagues and Capulets were inspired by the real Montecchi and Capello families from the area. Since Shakespeare's famous play, the city, ever with a mind to the tourist dollar, has fully empraced the Romeo and Juliet story. They have Juliet's house (balcony and all) as well as Juliet's Tomb, not to mention Giardino Guiliano, my personal choice of things to see (refer my general tips).
The fact that the balcony that the busloads swoon over was only built in the 1930's makes little difference to the swarms - it's Via Capella or be damned!
All fictional, but this detracts not one iota from the allure of the place. Hearts with names abound on the wall. Who am I to deny people their bit of romance?
Still, at the risk of being petty, I find reality far more interesting and Verona has more than enough of that. Apart from the Scalegeris and Calgrande Ist who entertained Dante, there is a wealth of wonders, particularly in the churches. Do yourself a favour, visit the balcony if you must, but take time out to learn about the reality of the other things Verona has to offer. They're far more interesting I assure you.
This is THE tourist drop off to gawk at the balcony and the house. Made famous by Shakespeare story of lover unhappiness, he spoke to her on the balcony. So much graffitti and just grimey in the area, turned me off, as well s the number of people standing around, kind of wondering why am I here, maybe we should hang out a while. The home was built around 1300, and the balcony was added in 1936 in an effort to draw tourists to Verona. It is just off Piazza Erbe-south. Open 8:30-19:30 daily except Monday.
It was "must"thing to do in verona,even if it is only a fairytail.I´m a romantic,so i wanted to see it.it was very hard to find-I can´t even tell you how we found it,but ask from tourist-info,don´t loose time by trieing to find it without good map.
Fun thing was the wall full of chewing-gums and names written on them,we also acted like teenagers and wrote our names to wall..
No visit to Verona would be complete without a visit the the Romeo and Juliet Balcony.
Sorry to say, when we visited, it didnt do anything for us. 10 minutes was enough and back to the Piazza for coffee. A the end of the day, its a balcony
Regardless of the ancient site that hosts it (the convent, which previously belonged to the Cappuccini Monks, dates from the XIII century), Juliet’s tomb as we now see it dates only back to 1937. That year, the Director of Veronese Museums Antonio Avena decided to give a new face to the site most identified as the place of burial of the Shakespearean heroine. An ancient red marble sarcophagus had lain in the garden of the former convent for decades, perhaps even centuries. With no cover, the completely empty sarcophagus was indicated as the place of burial of the beautiful Juliet, as early as the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Today, Juliet’s tomb is the sight where civil weddings are celebrated: many couples come especially from abroad, to crown their dream of love in the place where Romeo and Juliet saw their hopes shattered. And here, in the den illuminated by the high gothic windows, where the empty tomb awaits the romantic tribute of visitors, a singular tradition was born: the habit of addressing messages of love to “Juliet, Verona”. An entire squad of secretaries gathers these messages and answers them, because the story of Juliet is legend, but the throes of love that afflict men and women from every continent are a reality.
The Capulet House, best known as "Juliet's House", dates back to the thirteenth century. It is tower-shaped and belonged to the Dal Cappello family, whose coat-of-arms is visible above the inner arch-way of the court-yard. The brick façade is decorated by elegant gothic windows standing on either side of the famous balcony on which Juliet is said to have spoken to Romeo.
The house has several storeys and tickets can be bought to visit it. The interior contains the furniture of a typical fourteenth century aristocratic household, enhanced by a wide range of medieval ceramics. Antonio Avena's masterful restoration (carried out in 1935) brought to life the elegant frescoes within, and which highlight inlaid wooden chests, brick fireplaces, wooden staircases and landings.
At the far end of the courtyard stands Nereo Costantini's bronze statue of Juliet visited by thousands of tourists every year from all over the world.
Today, a thousands of love notes are written on the walls of the house. The tradition of writing messages dated 1937. when the first letter addressed "Julia, Verona" was found beside her tomb.
Verona is the setting of the story of Romeo and Juliet, made famous by William Shakespeare. Although the earliest version of the story is set in Siena, not Verona — the move was made in Luigi da Porto's Istoria novellamente ritrovata di due Nobili Amanti — a balcony falsely claiming historical connection to the fictional lovers has become a tourist attraction for lovers; the short passageway leading to the balcony is covered with slips of paper carrying their graffiti, and a bronze statue of Juliet stands under the balcony, one breast polished by those touching it for luck.
With the help of some nice VirtualTourist members on the Verona Forum I was able to figure out that Vero and Giada are girls' names (Vero is short for Veronica), and that the person who loves Giada does so in two ways: erotically (ti amo) and selflessly (ti agapo, which turns out to be Greek and not Italian).
Giada means jade, by the way.
You can click on the link below if by any chance you would like to see this thread from the Verona Forum.
This is both a must see and a tourist trap. It draws in the crowds by their hundreds at all times of the year, but it is a fake: it's just an old 12th century building dressed up in the romantic style associated with these two famous lovers. There are many that believe it really is the place that the story was based on, as it belonged to the Dal Capello family, who are believed to be Capulets of the tragedy. However it is also true that Shakespeare never even visited the city, so it is unlikely that he chose that spot to stage one of the most famous scenes in the play, even if he based the story on the Dal Capellos.
Despite its lack of credibility as Juliet's actual balcony, it is still worth seeing as it is a beautiful little courtyard. It's also become somewhat of a pilgrimage for lovers the world over, and there are many messages of love attached in bits of paper and written on chewing gum. If you are coming to Verona for the romantic air, and not the history, then you will definitely want to pass by this monument to the most romantic couple in literary history.
The courtyard with the balcony is free to wander into and around, but if you want to enter the buildings it will cost you €3.10. They are open from 08:00 until 19:00 every day of the year except Mondays.
This building, originally dating back to the 12th century, was radically restored [1936-1940], during which the windows, gothic-style doorway and famous balcony were all added to the interior façade.
Inside the house are furnishings from the 16th-17th centuries, frescoes, and paintings - all relating to the story of Romeo and Juliet - as well as Renaissance ceramics from Verona. A bronze statue of Juliet by sculptor Nereo Costantini stands in the courtyard.
This is it, Juliet's original, absolutely genuine bed.
Not from the fourteenth century, of course, but from the twentieth, when it was built and used for the love scene in Zeffirelli's film Romeo and Juliet in 1968.
This film won two Oscars, for the Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Zeffirelli was also nominated for Best Director, and the film was nominated for Best Picture, but both of these awards actually went to Oliver!, directed by Carol Reed, which was a musical based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Second photo: Next to Juliet's bed is a printed explanation and a photo from Zeffirelli's film.
It's believed that famous lovers Romeo and Juliet had lived in Verona.You can see the house that juliet lived and also the balcony.
Also there is a statuary of Juliet.
Be careful; very touristy and crowded place :(