households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our
scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood
makes civil hands unclean.”
Who doesn’t know about the love story between Juliet and Romeo?
Immortalised by Shakespeare in the first line of his play, Verona
holds the claim to having the houses of perhaps the greatest lovers
in history. Of course, there is much debate as to whether the lovers
existed or not. That hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands of
tourists from wanting to see the Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet’s
The dell Capello family owned the house on Via Capello for a many
years. In fact, it is the similarity of their name that spurned the
popular belief that this was the house of the Capulets in Shakespeare’s
play. The dell Capello’s coat-of-arms can still be seen on the
keystone of the inner archway in the courtyard. The house itself was
built in the 13th century. A massive restoration effort to add the
windows, gothic doors and the balcony was carried out in the 1930s.
The late addition of the balcony is a point of contention, though.
From the courtyard you can see Juliet’s Balcony. This is supposedly
the very same balcony where the tragic heroine cried out to her Romeo.
These days, do not be surprised to see many a young girl standing
on the balcony, probably dreaming her own dreams.
Perhaps the highlight of the visit would be the 20th bronze statue
of Juliet in the courtyard. Though its origins cannot be determined,
the most popular thing to do when visiting the statue is to rub its
right breast, which will bring good luck. So don’t be surprised
if the right side of the bronze Juliet seems to be shinier than the
rest of her! Numerous graffiti and stick notes can also be found on
the walls and doors in the courtyard. This is a pity as it somehow
destroys the ambience.
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 Capulets.
If you want to escape the crowds, time your visit to Juliet’s
House perfectly. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon would
be best. There is no entrance fee for the courtyard but you have to
pay to enter the house. They are open everyday until 7:30 pm. On Mondays,
they open in the afternoon only.
Not far from the house you can visit La Tomba di Giulietta, or Juliet’s
Tomb. The heroine’s final resting place can be found in the
San Francesco al Corso cloister on Via del Pontiere. If you are a
die-hard romantic, be sure to take the time to visit this place.
Purists scoff at the idea that this house on Via Capello has anything
to do with the great love story at all. However, that hasn’t
taken anything away from the enjoyment that countless people have
had. So, whether or not it really was Juliet’s house —
that is if Juliet ever existed at all — the courtyard and her
tomb is still worth a visit.
Via Cappello 23, Verona, Italy
045 803 43 03
Cost of Entry: €3
8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun, 1.30pm-7.30pm Mon