When someone mentions Verona you immediately associate it with romance and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet immortalised in Shakespeare’s work. It is said that Casa di Giulietta is the house where the Capuleti family was living. You have to pass through a short dark tunnel to get to the courtyard where you will find Juliet’s balcony.
Under the balcony there is Juliet’s bronze sculpture. The most popular thing to do when visiting the statue is to rub its right breast which will bring good luck. As a consequence the right side of the bronze Juliet is shinier than the rest.
Next to the sculpture is a big barred gate which is full with small padlocks. Most of them are red, pink or silver and on all of them there is a heart and two names advertising their love. Many romantics believe that leaving a padlock in Juliet’s courtyard will make their love everlasting.
I don’t believe that leaving a padlock anywhere will make someone’s love everlasting, but I think it’s a lovely thing. It’s a pity, that there are many other love messages as well which are not so much lovely. The walls, the doors and the dark tunnel at the entrance are full with messages of love. They are ugly graffities, tags and you can also find messages written on chewed up gums taped on the wall. I can’t understand why people do things like this.