Let me show you inside Juliet’s House in Verona.
The charming city of Verona is home to Shakespeare’s ill-fated lovers – Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps, the city’s most famous tourist attraction (or tourist trap) is Juliet’s House built in the Middle Ages.
Did Juliet Really Live Here? Nope, she didn’t. She’s just a fictional character from Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.” If she doesn’t exist in real life – and so does Romeo.
So, why is this casa called Juliet’s House? According to history, the house was once owned by the Capello family whose surname sounds like Capulet, Juliet’s surname in the story. When the house was bought by the city – this tourist trap was created.
The Arched Gate / Door. All visitors enter through this tunnel-like door full of graffiti.
They’re mostly vandalized with tiny messages and a lot of band-aids. I have no idea why there’s a lot of band-aid but, I reckon, this is wishing for a speedy recovery of a broken heart? LOL… 😀
The walls are also infested with bubble gums. Gross. Ew!
And yeah, there are love padlocks, too. In fact, you can buy them in the tiny souvenir shop inside.
The Courtyard. Once you pass the door, you’ll come out into the small courtyard with the statue of Juliet. It’s been said that touching her right breast would bring good luck to your love life! And for sure, I fell for that trap, too! 😀
From the courtyard you’ll findwhere Romeo Montague serenaded her. Look up and be amazed at the original design of the house built in late 14th century.
Its Gothic style is undeniable.
First Floor. You buy your ticket on the first floor (aka, ground floor). Once you’re done paying, this bald, shiny statue of Shakespeare welcomes you.
The stairs to the second floor look like this. You’ve got to remember that the frescoes and wood here are way back from the Middle Ages. It’s an amazing feeling to touch a bit of something from a different time.
Then, this view of the spacious room emerge right before your eyes.
From its floor to its furniture and to the frescoes in the ceiling, you can’t help wonder if Juliet were really a fictional character.
The walls are decorated with sketches and paintings from the play. The “Death of Romeo and Juliet” by Angelo Dall’ Oca Bianca is my most favourite of all the paintings hanging in there. I found myself staring at this while replaying the story in my head.
On this floor, you’ll find.
Move on to the next chamber where this was used as a set of the movie,in 1968 by Franco Zeffirelli.
Climb another floor and you’ll find these old-fashioned computers where you can send an email to Juliet. The letters that were sent here were the inspiration of the movie, .
There’s a room in here where the ceilings are covered in a beauty like this.
Or these walls.
Another tiny room is converted into a museum with interesting relics from the past.
Open one of the windows up there and look down to the courtyard. It’s fun to observe what tourists do to Juliet’s statue and balcony.
I stayed for a night in Verona. And it was just enough to see the places I wanted to visit. I arrived there in the morning, taking a train from Venice. I wasted no time exploring the city for a day, following the routes I saved via Google Map. Just in case you wanna stay here for a night, stay at II Salotto del Conte. It is inside the historical city center and walking distance to everywhere you wanna go and see. Juliet’s House is just 5 minutes walk from here and 30 minutes walk to the top of Piazza de San Pietro. It’s clean and in a quiet area.
Well, you know, solo travel is not for everyone. Should you decide to go on with a group tour, go with – Intrepid Travel. They have a wide variety of tours for all ages and different kinds of travelers, including solo, seniors, teenagers,