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Juliet’s Birthday: A Visit to Verona

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Juliet’s Birthday: A Visit to Verona
Romeo and Juliet—a love story that has left a mark all its own on history. The famous love story takes place in Verona with the famous Juliet’s Balcony waiting to invite you for the perfect snapshot of your visit. 
Each September Juliet’s house and the streets of Verona fill with excited romantics celebrating the birthday of Juliet Capulet. Considered a goddess of love, visitors from around the world dress up and celebrate her birthday hoping to secure their love for the ages. Here is everything to know before you celebrate Juliet’s birthday. 
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A Shakespearean Love Story

As one of the most famous love stories of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tale as old as time. Star-crossed lovers meeting in the night, two families at war, and a tragic ending that makes the love story even more historic. 
Romeo and Juliet is a classic and the tragedy itself couldn’t have said it better, “Never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo”.
Set in Verona, Italy, the love story between Romeo and Juliet is legendary, giving up who they are and everything they have, including life, to be with each other. 
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Juliet’s Infamous Balcony

As the story goes, when the Capulet celebration ends, Juliet secretly declares her love for Romeo from her bedroom window. This has been interpreted in many ways and is now known as Juliet’s balcony
Romeo, blinded by love sneaks into the Capulet orchard hearing Juliet’s declaration. The two meet with Romeo revealing himself and the two are secretly married the next day. 
The balcony is one of the key scenes in the tragedy and you can visit Juliet’s house and the infamous veranda. The 13th Century mansion is a museum with fascinating artefacts from years gone by with the original coat of arms of the Dal Cappello family, said to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Capulets. 
Along the way, you can stand on the famous balcony overlooking the courtyard where Romeo once hid. The courtyard is stunning with ample spots for fantastic photos of your historic visit. The vines growing down the walls, the exposed bricks, and medieval architecture make the whole visit feel like a step back in time. 
If you go into the museum, you will come to Juliet’s bedroom where a large wood bedframe stands. This is the bed used in the original 1986 movie Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli.
If you’re searching for love, leaving love letters within the walls of the courtyard is permitted. Who knows? Maybe your love finds it and you two can unite in the stunning city of Verona.  For a little extra luck try stoking the right breast of Juliet’s bronze statue, a popular pastime.
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Juliet’s Birthday Celebrations

As one of the most famous protagonists in literary history, Juliet’s birthday is celebrated in Verona during the first week of September. 
If you happen to be in Verona over the celebrations, you have the chance to see some amazing sights. From street parades, dances, and visitors dressed up in romantic period costumes, you’ll be transported through the centuries when lovers throughout history once walked the same Verona streets you stand on. 
The festivities don’t end there with delectable street food and street artists offering celebrations filled with traditional cuisine and fantastic live performances. 
While the date of Juliet’s birth has been controversial, a scholar discovered that her 18th birthday would have been Saint Euphemia Day, meaning her birthday falls on September 16th. 
Still, her birthday is celebrated in the first week of September in Verona and is an absolute must-experience for romantics. 
If you’re on the lookout for a magical romantic experience, visiting Venice, Verona and Lake Garda in one trip will take you and your loved one on a passionate holiday of the real Italy. 
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Visiting Verona

Apart from being one of the most romantic cities in Italy, Verona is extremely popular for its incredible Roman architecture, delectable cuisine, and art that will inspire visitors of all ages. 
Situated between Venice and Milan, Verona holds a long history that is waiting to be explored by history buffs. Thanks to its remarkable past as a Military stronghold, the city has UNESCO World Heritage status. 
The gothic architecture, fantastic opera houses, and galleries will make any art lover's heart swoon. Walking down the old streets of Verona you may come across some exciting Renaissance-era sculptures, giving you a first-hand peak into the city’s marvellous history.
Plus, the 11th and 12th Century churches await, offering exquisite artworks. This along with the famous amphitheatre built in the 1st century is the perfect mix of history and art. 
If you’re looking for a history adventure, a trip to Verona and Lake Garda is in order to give you a chance to experience the city's culture while appreciating the enticing natural landscapes. 
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