Found the house after walking around a bit, expecting a tribute to one of the greatest love stories of all time. Actually for a moment I felt that we had made a mistake as we walked down a small passage. The walls were covered in graffiti and something else which on closer inspection turned out to be old chewing gum and lots of it, I just dont understand why or how this habit started. There were also small papers with love quotes that people had written, I did not see how they were stuck to the wall, perhaps with the chewing gum. Then the balcony itself comes into view where people can take photos. A wall with ivy growing on it was where Romeo was supposed to have climbed to balcony was on one side and I could picture the scene. Near the balcony are written the words of the play:
"Bvt. Soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun! It is my lady, o, it is my love!"
But what have they done to poor fair Juliet? She has a bronze statue below the window, where people have their photo's taken whilst cupping her breast for luck! There is a gift shop in the courtyard but in my opinion nothing tasteful. We did not go into the house itself as there was so many people in such a small space. Perhaps another time either early in the morning or evening, but more than likely never. Ok its a story, fiction, but still it deserves some respect. I was so disappointed in the end as it was one of the main places I wanted to see in Verona. If you are a Shakespeare fan it has that "must" factor, but just be prepared it might not be what you expect.