In Verona, Tourists’ Love Letters Deface Juliet’s House and Entire Street

Dec 05, 2018 350

BY: Silvia Donati

Two million tourists arrive in Verona every year, to visit the city eternally linked to Romeo and Juliet’s impossible love. Couples head to Juliet’s House to kiss, take a selfie and write their names, often circled by big hearts, on the walls of the courtyard.  Others leave post-it notes and messages, which sometimes stick to the wall with chewing gum and even Band-Aid.  

The (questionable) ‘tradition’ of writing couples’ names and love phrases with permanent markers on the walls of the courtyard goes back many years. To the point that there is no more room for new ones, not even after removable plywood panels were installed to protect the façade of the house. So lovers from around the globe have taken to writing on the walls of the street where the house is located, Via Cappello, near centrally located Piazza delle Erbe.

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