Clockwise from left: as visitors were sticking love notes with bubble gum defacing the walls of the house, it was decided to encourage the use of the gallery's walls instead. The gallery has become a singular site in its own right, usually full of people expressing their love in colourful graffiti; The bronze statue depicting Juliet by Paolo Groppo has developed a legend of its own. According to the myth, touching the statue's right breast brings good fortune, which accounts for the polished look of this part of Juliet's body; despite being devised as a touristic attraction (the balcony was an addition of the last century and Juliet may have never lived in the house), the courtyard at Casa di Giulietta is usually packed with tourists cramming to see the bronze statue and the famous balcony
photos: Sherif Sonbol

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