Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

Juliet's House and Balcony Verona Italy

Juliet’s House in Verona

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east and Juliet is the sun!
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.”

Visiting the Italian city of Verona considered it essential that we find and see Juliet’s house in a cobbled courtyard tucked away in a side street.

Supposedly the location of the famous balcony scene from Shakespeare’s love story, Juliet’s house is a popular romantic shrine and tourist honey-trap where lovers leave messages to each other on the walls and attach the dreadful love-locks to the fences and the railings.  This is a problem of course so there are attendants on duty to make sure visitors only do this in one specially designated spot because if there wasn’t some control the courtyard would be quickly covered in untidy graffiti and more ironmongery than an average Home Depot store!

Although the courtyard has become a major destination for tourist pilgrimage the house of course has no connection at all with the bard’s fictional characters and although it is old and looks authentic enough, the balcony was actually added in 1936 and declared to be “Juliet’s house” by the city authorities in a blatant attempt to cash in on the Shakespeare connection and to attract more tourists.

The balcony overlooks a tiny courtyard containing a dainty bronze statue of a graceful Juliet and people were waiting impatiently for their turn to be photographed with the heroine and to touch her right breast which is supposed to bring good fortune but I was worried that public groping was ever so slightly inappropriate so I steered clear, chose to do without the good luck boost and on the way out decided not to waste my money on a lottery ticket next weekend.

Have you been to Verona?  Have you been to Juliet’s house?

Juliet's House Verona

“Ever a shadow, he disappears, all but utterly, from 1585 to 1592….There is not a more tempting void in literary history, nor more eager hands to fill it”  –  Bill Bryson on Shakespeare.

It is an interesting fact that thirteen of the thirty-seven plays of William Shakespeare were set either completely or partly in Italy and if we rule out the ten English history plays (which naturally have to be set in England) then half of the remainder of the major works are set in the Italian states and no one knows for sure just why.

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23 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

  1. And as if the lovelocks weren’t enough, now couples can prove their devotion by sharing a piece of chewing gum and sticking it on Juliet’s wall. So much more romantic than letting it lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight.

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  2. It is quite endearing what people/visitors will do to keep the fantasy of tragic but deep love alive 😀 Don’t know how Juliet hasn’t risen from the dead yet – her statue seems to have been “fondled” a billion times by human touch – but, hey – she is alive in our hearts I’m sure, so is Romeo – we can thank Shakespeare for such delights of imagination 🙂

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  3. A great play to introduce kids to Shakespeare.
    And when you’ve finished reading the Life of Matthew Flinders can we have a review.

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  4. 1936? That makes it a Fascist balcony. Romeo would have been very surprised to see Benito Mussolini pop his bald head up as soon as he started his speech.

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    • I always appreciate your take on a post. In 1976 I went to Rome and on a bus tour the guide pointed out a balcony from where Mussolini made his bombastic speeches. You have reminded me just how similar they are!

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  5. We avoided the public groping too and made do with the balcony picture. Our son found it highly intriguing though!!

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  7. Give the people what they want and they will come. 😀 😀 😀
    I guess this brings out the romantic in the visitors.

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  8. Verona is a place I’d possibly enjoy to go back. It was baking hot and I was just on a day trip (from Lake Garda, I think). Juliet apart, I don’t think I made the best of it. 🙂

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  9. Nope, haven’t been to Verona nor groped Juliet’s breast. 🙂 –Curt

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  10. We visited Verona and this house. Impressions? The house of Juliet is a business that was made from nothing. Funny place and maybe profitable.

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