Juliet's House (Casa di Giulietta): A Romantic Refuge in the Heart of Verona
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This enchanting abode is famous worldwide for being the presumed residence of Juliet, the celebrated heroine of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet." The house has become a symbol of eternal love and an essential destination for tourists visiting Verona.
Finally, from August 20, 2023, the third and fourth floors of Juliet's House will also be reopened to the public, currently closed for maintenance, and visitors will be able to explore it in its entirety.
History of Juliet's House (Casa di Giulietta):
Juliet's House dates back to the 13th century and is an exemplary representation of Verona's medieval architecture. It is located on Via Cappello, in the heart of Verona's historic center, and consists of various structures surrounding a delightful inner courtyard.
Although there is no concrete historical evidence proving this was actually Juliet's residence, the legend and Shakespeare's theatrical masterpiece have contributed to making it a place of great romantic significance.
The Iconic Balcony of Juliet (Balcone di Giulietta):
The highlight of Juliet's House is undoubtedly the famous balcony on the first floor, overlooking the inner courtyard. It is believed that it was from this balcony that Juliet spoke her famous words of love to Romeo, in the renowned balcony scene from the Shakespearean play.
The balcony is often surrounded by a large number of visitors who gather to admire it and take photographs. A bronze statue of Juliet is placed in the courtyard, just below the balcony, and it is customary for visitors to touch her right breast. This gesture derives from popular tradition, which believes it safeguards true love, and with this act, lovers ensure good fortune in love, a fortune the tragedy's protagonist couldn't have.
The Courtyard and the Wall of Love:
The inner courtyard of Juliet's House is a lovely place with a romantic atmosphere. The courtyard walls are covered with graffiti and love dedications left by visitors from all over the world, who attach love notes to the surrounding walls. The courtyard is also adorned with beautiful flowers, making it a charming and poetic refuge, ideal for lovers.
Inside the house, there is a small museum dedicated to Juliet, which exhibits theatrical costumes and props used in various performances of Shakespeare's play, providing deeper insight into the magic and allure surrounding this place. The house has been furnished in a medieval style, with period-style paintings on the walls. Visiting it feels like being transported back to the time of the two lovers. The balcony room recalls the interiors depicted in Hayez's painting: "The Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet," with its arches and trilobed windows. Also, on the first floor is the ballroom, while on the second floor is Juliet's bedchamber, featuring the bed used in Zeffirelli's film "Romeo and Juliet." The third and fourth floors, also decorated with wall paintings, respectively host the writing desk, where visitors can leave a message for Juliet, and a collection of terracotta and ceramics. In this room, the ceiling is reminiscent of that of the Basilica of San Zeno, with its unique shape resembling the hull of an upturned ship.
Juliet's House in Verona is a magical and romantic place, attracting visitors with its historical and literary heritage. A universal symbol of love and passion, this place continues to enchant the hearts of anyone who visits it, making Verona a city steeped in romance and poetry.
Info and Opening Hours:
To visit Juliet's House, reservations and online purchases are always required exclusively on museiverona.com.
Juliet's House is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (last entry at 6:50 pm). Closed on Mondays.