"Balcony of an 800 year old inn." Romeo & Juliet Tip by hundwalder

Romeo & Juliet, Verona: 112 reviews and 193 photos

  Romeo, wherefore art thou ?
by hundwalder

The city of Verona has many fascinating and unforgetable things to see. For this reason it is difficult to comprehend why this balcony of an 800 year old inn is the most popular tourist attraction in this great historic city. The balcony is a well preserved example of 13th. century Veneto architecture, but Verona has many such treasures. The wall you see in the photo at first glimpse appears to be covered with trash, which is very uncharacteristic of Europe. Upon closer examination you will notice that these thousands of bits of paper are actually love notes left by modern day Romeos and Giuliettas from around the globe. Large hearts are painted on the wall. Some messages are near the level of the balcony, which suggests superior climbing ability of many of the posters.

So why is this well preserved medieval traveller's inn so pupular with tourists today ? The characteristic late Romanesque / early Gothic architecture of the inn, its courtyard, and its balcony, make an ideal setting for the balcony scene from Shakespear's tragedy. Following extensive restoration work it became known to the world as il casa di Giulietta Capuleti. Tourists are given pricey tours of the inn's interior on the premise that it was the home of the ill fated young lover. A bronze statue of the young maiden stands in the courtyard. The right breast glistens from being fondled by countless tourists.

The courtyard is normally crowded. Luckily I arrived when the staff was getting ready to close the grounds, and most of the tourists had left.

No charge for entering the courtyard and admiring the balcony and statue. Hefty charge for tour of the old hotel's interior and standing on it's artistic balcony.

Address: via Capello 23
Directions: Near the south end of via Cappelo. Near Piazza Indipendenza, and ironically near the palace, arches, and tombs of the Scaligeri family.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 14, 2006
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