Whether or not they believe that the building is the house of the Capulet Family, tourists crowd the compound where you can see the balcony of Romeo and Juliet. The house is located at No. 23 Via Capello Street, the street named as it once belonged to the Capello family. People then began associating the name "Capello" with "Capuleti" or "Capulet" and the rest is history. The marble balcony is actually situated in a restored 13th century inn.
For those who wanted to pay a visit, note that the attraction is closed on Mondays. Visiting hours: 8am - 7pm.
Starting from the gate, the walls are marked with love notes written by tourists from all over the world. That makes the entrance colorful and even more crowded because of the couples trying to leave a mark on it. Don't worry about not having an adhesive to stick your note with... the chewing gums stuck all over the wall will do the trick (nasty but it works).
|The entrance to Juliet's courtyard|
|Notes of love painted the walls leading to the courtyard|
|My husband and I also made our own note to mark our visit.|
|Engraved below the balcony is an excerpt from Act II, Scene II of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"|
It is best if your camera has a good shutter speed if you want to take a picture of an "empty" balcony. Ladies take turns posing at the balcony so their partners can take a photo of them from below. This can actually save couples half the price of the admission fee since only one goes up and the partner stays down outside to take photos.
|It is believed that touching the breast of Juliet's statue brings good luck.|
Another belief is securing your love by fastening a padlock on the grills of a gate inside the courtyard. The same can be observed on the grills of some bridges in Venice, and many other tourist spots world wide.
|The gate where couples lock their love|
|These colorful padlocks will remain locked and couples wish the same for their love|
|A souvenir store inside the courtyard|
Opposite Juliet's balcony is Il Sogno di Giulietta ("Juliet's Dream"), a hotel where people can stay if they want to experience the night inside the compound.
|Il Sogno di Giulietta|