"Juliet's Balcony" was added to the building in 1934 by the government to encourage tourism.
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1) the balcony was added: yes
2) the house is fake? Obviously, there is no "history" for the Shakespeare's legend. But on the arch at the entrance there was (nearly ruined now) a hat, "cappello", obvious symbol of the Cappelletti ("small hats") (Capulets) family, how they were called by the italian Poet Dante in 1300s'. Dante was actually in Verona for years. So the house may not be so "fake" as many claim without knowing the history
Effeti thanks for the info, interesting to know,
I was referring to the Balcony Scene " Romeo where art thou Romeo" , and the size of the balcony Juliet and Romeo would never had fitted on it !
Sure, I got that. And the balcony is an original of the time of Julie's legend, but taken from another house and placed there a century ago.
But no one can think Shakespeare is a literal report of a story. Just a legend, with some seeds of truth (How many… impossible to say)
But that is the greatness of a poet, isn't it?
Meanwhile, i found a picture (no time to go there) of the hat on the internal arch, that was not lost like the one facing the streeet.
>>And the balcony is an original of the time of Julie's legend, but taken from another house and placed there a century ago<<
I thought it was built in the 1930s as a tourist attraction?
<<I thought it was built in the 1930s as a tourist attraction?>>
I think the balcony was added in the 1930s or thereabouts but I remember being told it was actually part of an ancient sarcophagus.
The house itself is a fine example of a medieval house and is worth visiting with or without the Romeo and Juliet connection.
The strange thing is that everyone knows about 'the' balcony, but Shakespeare never mentioned a balcony. In the play, Juliet appears at a window.