Well, according to the city councils of Verona, the second most favorite tourist spot in Italy is La Casa di Giulietta (House of Juliet). Whose not familiar with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Fact or fiction, this place is believed as the home of Juliet Capulet, the heroine of the tragedy written by Shakespeare.
I must warned you first though, for those who's not interested in love story, there's no point of visiting this place. There are no spectacular views or many tourist attractions in here. But, if you are a romantic person and have a love wish, you'll be satisfied here.
House of Juliet features the balcony, and in the small courtyard, a bronze statue of Juliet. The balcony is supposedly the very same balcony where Juliet cried out to her Romeo. These days, do not be surprised to see many young girl standing on the balcony, probably dreaming her own dreams.
While for the bronze statue, the metal of its chest is worn bare due to a legend that if a person strokes the right breast of the statue, that person will have a good fortune.
The balcony and bronze statue in Juliet's House
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 Capulet family. Not far from the house you can visit La Tomba di Giulietta, or Juliet’s Tomb.
Many people write their names and the names of their beloved one on the walls of the entrance, known as Juliet's Wall. Many believe that writing on that place will make their love everlasting. It is also a tradition to put small love letters on the walls (which is done by the thousands each year), which are however regularly taken down by employees to keep the courtyard clean.
Verona also washes the walls, but because the writing comes right back on the walls, lovers are being urged to post their notes online. There are also some "secretaries" who will answer for those letter. To get the picture about this work, you might wanna check the recent movie, Letters to Juliet (starring Amanda Seyfried).
If you really interested, just visit this house at Via Cappello 23, Verona, Italy. It only cost €3 to enter. But remember to avoid rush hour, because this place often very crowded.