Too many love letters?
There are so many love letters left by tourists at Juliet’s house that Verona City Council has to remove them twice a year: On the eve of Saint Valentine’s Day and on the 17th September, Juliet’s birthday. A museum is currently being planned to exhibit all of them.
At the risk of shattering this romanticism, we have to reveal the truth: the mythical balcony does not appear in Shakespeare’s original work, but was recreated for later theatrical productions. Neither the balcony nor the famous Gothic window are originals, but were added to the house in Verona at the beginning of the 20th century. The house is a palace dating from the beginning of the 12th century that belonged to a Veronese family called “Dal Capello”, as you can read on the plaque on its facade. It was the dates and the surname “Capello” that created the popular belief that the house belonged to Shakespeare’s Juliet.
If you have yet to find your soul mate, don’t despair: legend says that in order to find true love you have to touch the right breast of the bronze statue of Juliet that is underneath the balcony. And if you have…why not show her that you love her as much as Romeo and Juliet by having a civil wedding on the most famous balcony in Verona?