From this balcony did Juliet call Romeo: "Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" This balcony is actually a medieval sarcophagus.
Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet. Act II, Romeo and Juliet, W. Shakespeare
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.
A wall of love notes
Love notes written and stuck on the walls of the tunnel leading to the courtyard of Casa di Giuletta. There's a €500 fine for sticking notes with gum on the walls.
Leave a note to Juliet. Or if you can't get there, send a letter by mail addressed to Juliet's house in Verona. You might receive an answer.
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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