World at a Glance: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

2015-06-05T09:15:43+00:004 June 2015|Italy, UNESCO World Heritage|

Juliet's balcony Verona

One of the most visited spots in the city of Verona is not real. La Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house, and even more famously, Juliet’s balcony, is a figment of an author’s imagination. Now, William Shakespeare isn’t just any author, of course. Though he probably didn’t ever set foot in Verona.

And while the city of Verona has much more going for it than this balcony – just like Kronborg Castle is much more than just Hamlet’s Elsinore – the fictitious home of the Capulet family draws hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Such is the power of a good story.

As you can see, this photo wasn’t exactly taken yesterday. I was 15, and on my first jaunt abroad without parents, when I waved from Juliet’s balcony. Don’t know if that’s still possible. However, Verona’s authorities are mighty tired of love declarations (and locks) stuck with gum on the wall beneath the balcony. So if you bring your significant other to this romantic spot, it’s probably best to look deeply into each other’s eyes and declare your love with words rather than attach it to the wall.

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo, portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.


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  1. Jackie 4 June 2015 at 1533 - Reply

    Been there! Your post made me go back and look at my photos.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 1955 - Reply

      Often a fun activity that 🙂

  2. Shiko N 5 June 2015 at 0220 - Reply

    I stared at this pic for a while, apart from looking dreamy the architecture looks like it could be a scene from a movie, like that “Love is All We Need” movie

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 1955 - Reply


  3. Life Images by Jill 5 June 2015 at 1050 - Reply

    so fabulous to look back over old travel photos isn’t it. I have been doing the same recently.
    Happy travels. I am joining you today over at Travel Photo Thursday.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 1956 - Reply

      And to you 🙂

  4. [email protected] 6 June 2015 at 1823 - Reply

    Hi Sophie, it must have been wonderful place to visit that place at 15, to feel that the stories you romanticize jumped out of the book and became almost real. The power of great fiction is truly fascinating.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 2000 - Reply

      It is indeed.

  5. Marcia 7 June 2015 at 0244 - Reply

    Traveling abroad solo, visiting such a lovely spot – Ahh, that must have made for such a wonderful experience, Sophie. Beautiful memories for sure!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 1958 - Reply

      It was certainly a fun trip, and educational in more ways than one 🙂

  6. Mette 7 June 2015 at 1108 - Reply

    I’ve been there recently and the place is plastered with love locks and gum. Not that it seems to deter the visitors.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 1956 - Reply

      Sad 🙁

  7. Nancie 11 June 2015 at 2231 - Reply

    Hi Sophie! What a great photo and memory. One of these days I will get to Verona, visit the balcony and declare my undying love for myself…haha 🙂 Thanks for linking up last week! #TPThursday

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2015 at 1957 - Reply

      As good as – or even better than – to a fictional character, I suppose 🙂

  8. Caroline 14 June 2015 at 0101 - Reply

    Even if it’s not real, one can dream about it as if it were … Italy makes it easy to do that!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2015 at 1034 - Reply

      Italy really does, doesn’t she…

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