Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s House in Verona, Italy, is one of the most visited sights, especially by lovelorn visitors who come here to leave the letters and messages, often using chewing gum to stick them to the brick walls of the courtyard beneath the balcony.
This has resulted in an unsightly mess of hardened blobs of gum and tattered scraps of paper which deface the World Heritage-listed city’s most popular attraction. A new decree being drawn up by Verona city council will prohibit the sticking of chewing gum or adhesive Post-it notes to the walls and the consumption of food or drink in the courtyard of the house.
No more writing of graffiti on the walls of the courtyard and the tunnel that leads into it, apart from on specially-provided, removable panels. A fine up to 500 Euros will be imposed on anyone caught breaking the new rules.
Verona earns a fortune from the legend of Romeo and Juliet, despite the fact that there is little evidence that the couple ever existed. Historians say there is almost nothing to link the house to Shakespeare’s tragic love story and that the celebrated balcony was constructed out of bits of a medieval sarcophagus in the 17th century. The only shred of a connection is the fact that the house was probably once the home of the Cappello family — who may have been the model for the Capulets of Romeo and Juliet.