Casa di Giulietta

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Via Cappello 23, Verona, Italy

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Andy99 Andy99
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What light though yonder window breaks? Oct 01, 2012
The entire historic center of Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But, by far, the most popular tourist attraction in all of fair Verona is the Casa di Giulietta - the House of Juliet. Giulietta Capulet, that is. The Juliet of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

I think every visitor to Verona must visit here. It's just a few doors down from the central Piazza delle Erbe.

It is an old house to be sure, dating from about the 13th century. But, it was acquired by Verona in 1905 for the purpose of setting up an attraction in response to the popularity of Shakespeare's play. The Capulets were a real historical family, but there is no evidence they lived at this house or that there was a Giulietta. A family named Cappello may have lived here. (On the other hand, Shakespeare's story is based on several Italian stories and plays, so there may be a kernel of truth somewhere.)

A visit to the House of Juliet enables one to see the balcony of the house facing a courtyard. It would make an excellent setting for the Balcony Scene! In the passageway leading to the courtyard, years of graffiti messages have been left by young lovers and visitors. (Juliet receives a lot of mail even today and there are four Secretaries who answer the letters.) Also in the courtyard is a bronze statue of Juliet, which people rub for good luck. (In immodest places I might add! Poor girl!)

The passageway and courtyard were mobbed during our visit. I was able to take a photo of the balcony, but could not begin to get near the statue.

There is no charge to visit the exterior of the house. Tours of the house are available, but we did not wait in line.
Balcony at the House of Juliet
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rsvpme says:
Nice story
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012
Vikram says:
Good to know. I've never been to Verona, I had no idea it was a UNESCO W H site.
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012
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3 reviews
Julitte house / Casa di Giulietta Jul 06, 2011
This area is a famous place to visit if you watch romeo and juliet film.

Who doesn’t know about the love story between Juliet and Romeo? Immortalised by Shakespeare in the first line of his play, Verona holds the claim to having the houses of perhaps the greatest lovers in history. Of course, there is much debate as to whether the lovers existed or not. That hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands of tourists from wanting to see the Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet’s House.

The dell Capello family owned the house on Via Capello for a many years. In fact, it is the similarity of their name that spurned the popular belief that this was the house of the Capulets in Shakespeare’s play. The dell Capello’s coat-of-arms can still be seen on the keystone of the inner archway in the courtyard. The house itself was built in the 13th century. A massive restoration effort to add the windows, gothic doors and the balcony was carried out in the 1930s. The late addition of the balcony is a point of contention, though.

From the courtyard you can see Juliet’s Balcony. This is supposedly the very same balcony where the tragic heroine cried out to her Romeo. These days, do not be surprised to see many a young girl standing on the balcony, probably dreaming her own dreams.

Perhaps the highlight of the visit would be the 20th bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard. Though its origins cannot be determined, the most popular thing to do when visiting the statue is to rub its right breast, which will bring good luck. So don’t be surprised if the right side of the bronze Juliet seems to be shinier than the rest of her! Numerous graffiti and stick notes can also be found on the walls and doors in the courtyard. This is a pity as it somehow destroys the ambience.

Inside the house is a small museum. All the items on display are genuine antiques from the 16th and 17th century. The frescoes, paintings, and ceramics all relate to Shakespeare’s play, but again, it is not proven that they ever belonged to the Capulets.

If you want to escape the crowds, time your visit to Juliet’s House perfectly. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon would be best. There is no entrance fee for the courtyard but you have to pay to enter the house. They are open everyday until 7:30 pm. On Mondays, they open in the afternoon only.
mn4262 mn4262
39 reviews
Dec 31, 2006
L’edificio, risalente al XIII sec., fu a lungo proprietà della famiglia Cappello, il cui stemma è scolpito sull’arco interno del cortile. L’identificazione dei Cappello con i Capuleti ha dato origine alla convinzione che lì sorgesse la casa di Giulietta, eroina della tragedia di Shakespeare (in realtà mai esistita). L’aspetto attuale dell’edificio deriva dal radicale restauro operato all’inizio del XX sec., tesi a costruire l’immagine di una dimora medievale ideale (di quella originale, soprattutto degli interni, non era rimasto quasi nulla).L’edificio presenta una bella facciata interna in mattoni a vista, un portale in stile gotico, finestre trilobate, una balaustra che mette in comunicazione dall’esterno i vari corpi della casa e, ovviamente, il famoso balcone.All’interno sono esposti arredi del XVI-XVII sec., affreschi relativi alle vicende di Romeo e Giulietta e ceramiche rinascimentali veronesi. Le sale dell’ultimo piano sono coperte da un soffitto ligneo trilobato, con cassettoni dipinti d’azzurro e stelle dorate.Nel cortile è collocata la statua in bronzo di Giulietta, di Nereo Costantini.

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