One of the most famous monuments in Verona, the attraction that every year brings millions of visitors to the city, is certainly the house of the Capulets, the family that according to the legend gave birth to Juliet, the protagonist of one of the most famous stories in the world. Inequivocable in the town's toponymy and inside the building, there are signs of a mysterious family called Capuleti, Cappelletti or, according to other versions, Dal Cappello. Juliet's house is in fact located on the central via Cappello (Hat street) and, inside the courtyard, on the keystone of the entrance arch, still visible today is the relief depicting a coat of arms in the shape of a hat. The building was in a state of abandonment when in the early '900 was completely restored trying to bring it back, according to some with a little 'too much freedom', to the appearance that could have had at the time of its construction, between the end of '200 and early '300. On that occasion they tried to recreate the environments that emerge in the plot of the legend, such as a large hall where it could be held the party where Romeo meets Juliet for the first time. Juliet's house is now open to the public and can be visited. Inside are exhibited some memorabilia such as the bed and two costumes used in the movie "Giulietta e Romeo" by famous Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. From time to time the building hosts temporary exhibitions.
On the main facade overlooking the courtyard it is possible to admire the famous balcony where the most romantic visitors can imagine the beautiful Juliet, leaning to meet his Romeo saying the famous words: "O Romeo Romeo, why are thou Romeo". It is important to stress that it was not Shakespeare the one who first wrote about the two unfortunate lovers, but an Italian writer, Luigi da Porto, followed a few decades later by Matteo Bandello who published another version of the story. This shows how already in the 1500s such a legend was widespread throughout Europe so much so as to reach far away England where the Bard transformed it into that immortal masterpiece that is the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". As often happens, in a legend there is always a background of truth
Inside the romantic courtyard where lovers from all over the world come to exchange promises of love, there is a bronze statue of Juliet, made in the late '60s by Veronese sculptor Nereo Costantini. The statue soon gave birth to a funny tradition that every visitor must honor and that is the chance for an inevitable souvenir photo.
The Love Wall
On the entrance wall, young couples and lovers from all over the world write their names and romantic phrases on what has now been renamed the wall of Juliet. The canvas that covers the plaster is renewed from time to time and has been used for the creation of works of art, t-shirts, wine labels, various gadgets.
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