It was the most powerful love story ever written in the history of literature. Many lovers want to re-live at least a part of their story even though the tragic ending was not aspired. It’s often not given much concern that Romeo and Giulietta (Juliet) are indeed fictional characters of Shakespeare’s imagination.
EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STOP BY CASA DI GIULIETTA, WHICH WAS ONCE OWNED BY THE CAPPELLO FAMILY, A NAME NOT TOO DIFFERENT FROM CAPULET
Casa di Giulietta is one of the main attractions of Verona. Couples of all ages visit the house to promise a life filled with fidelity in the memory of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.
Every year thousands of people stop by Casa di Giulietta, which was once owned by the Cappello family, a name not too different from Capulet. The house dates from the 14th Century and the family’s coat of arms can still be seen on the wall. The city of Verona bought the house from Dal Cappello family in 1905. The most famous balcony where Giulietta used to stand on is now a platform for many girls to stand and re-live few seconds of Giulietta’s life.
There is a museum inside the house and bronze statue of Giulietta, sculpted by Nereo Costantini in the courtyard. It is a must to rub her right breast for luck in love. Love notes stuck on the walls and doors of the entrance to the Casa are the unspoken words of love that many want to scream at the top of their lungs.
None of the characters in the play really existed and William Shakespeare never visited Verona in his life. However, he still had the power to connect to millions of people through his storytelling.
Apart from giving life to the famous love story, Casa di Giulietta has other interesting attractions to offer. The Casa is an L-shaped 14th Century structure, which is now restored to an idealised medieval appearance to match Shakespeare’s writing.The interior of the Casa was styled with paintings, frescoes and furnishings reproducing medieval motifs from the 16th and 17th centuries and renaissance ceramics from Verona. The house also gives us a glimpse of ancient Verona. The painting by Francesco Heyez “The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet” inspired the redecoration of the main hall in the first floor. Antonio Avena, director of the Museum of Verona was behind the restoration of the Casa, which resulted in a fantastic creation of an idealised medieval architecture.
About 10,000 letters arrive every year from allover the world simply addressed to “Juliet, Verona”. The letters received by the City of Verona addressed to Juliet are read and replied by local volunteers of Club di Juilietta (Juliet Club), which is financed by the City of Verona.
The mythical story of Romeo and Giulietta has brought many real life lovers together for eternity. Desirous visitors who enter the Casa are embraced by a feeling of being a part of this greatest fictional love story.