Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) in Verona
A Pilgrimage for Romantics and Shakespeare-lovers
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Shakespeare’s lines have thrilled poetry-lovers and romantics for centuries and have inspired generations of pilgrims to seek out the star-crossed lovers in their hometown of Verona. Nevermind that there may never have been a Juliet in the first place... or that the place now known as Juliet’s House may never have belonged to a family called “Cappello.” The thrill is there nonetheless.
The house itself is a museum, though many visitors skip the spartan furnishings on display and simply pose for photos on the famed balcony. Standing in the courtyard below, it’s not uncommon to hear full recitations -- even dramatic presentations -- of Shakespeare’s balcony scene from visitors who have come from all over the world.
Location: southeast of Piazza delle Erbe in Verona
Hours: Mon 1:30-7:30pm; Tues-Sun 8:30am-7:30pm. (Last admission 45 min. before closing.)
Price: entrance into the building is 4€ adults, 3€ children; the courtyard is free
Who will love it?: romantics who don’t care of historical accuracy; anyone who has read Romeo and Juliet. This is a great activity with teens! The balcony is in a lovely part of town where teens can wander and shop unaccompanied for awhile with little worry.
Notes: The museum is filled with artifacts from the time period, but there is absolutely no proof that Juliet and her family lived in the house -- or even that there was a Juliet. In fact, some say the balcony itself was added on to the building in the 1920s. I recommend skipping the museum, but stopping by to take a quick snapshot of the balcony itself.
Casa di Giulietta
Via Cappello 23
Verona is a charming city, and Juliet’s house is not the only thing to recommend it. In the center of the old city the Arena is fantastic -- a tiny Colosseum where operas are staged under the stars all summer long. For those truly on a Romeo and Juliet pilgrimage, Juliet’s tomb is in the Capuchin monastery San Francesco al Corso (Via delle Pontiere 5, near the river). For a small fee you can see the tomb where the lovers died as well as the small church where they were married.