Sunday, 25th May 2014
In Verona, Italy, never miss to visit and see the balcony where Romeo declared his love while Juliet stood on the balcony. Remember the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare's play? "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" The play is one of the most powerful western love story. When we were there, the place was packed with tourist, almost no room for you to roam around and take pictures.
Casa di Giulietta is owned by the family dell Capello, sounds like Capulet (Juliet's family name in the play). It was built during the 13th century and courtyard was added in the 20th century. You can actually go inside the house and discover a small museum. In the courtyard, you will also find a bronze sculpture of Juliet. I noticed a long queue towards the sculpture and people are rubbing her right breast for luck. I don't know why! :)
Another striking observation is a wall of love notes and it was like a graffiti wall where you can find at the entrance on our way to the courtyard. Some people believe that posting notes on Juliet's wall will make their love unending. People commonly used chewing gum to attach their notes. But sticking love letters have been banned recently because it damaged the building. Visitors will be fined $500 euro if authorities found them putting love notes on the wall.
Found a Romeo and Juliet souvenir shop near the courtyard, so I just grabbed a snow globe and a magnet for keepsakes.