From this balcony did Juliet call Romeo: "Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" This balcony is actually a medieval sarcophagus.
The bronze statue of Juliet at the Casa di Giuletta in Verona is bright and shiny from thousands of hands rubbing her breasts and touching or hanging on to her body. The original statue was removed in 2014 as it had developed cracks around the right breast and arm. What you see today is a replica.
Visitors rub the right breast of Juliet for good luck in love. But that doesn't stop them from touching both breasts and other parts of the body hence the burnished surface.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
Act II, Scene II, Romeo and Juliet, W. Shakespeare
Where there is a hint of romance, there are love locks.
Casa di Giulietta
Via Cappello 23
Verona (near Piazza dele Erbe in the city center)
Verona is an hour by train from Milan
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