A beautiful prize-winning photograph of Juliet's balcony in Verona taken in 2004.
Shakespeare’s stories are so rooted in real life that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction – just take ‘Juliet’s balcony‘. Although Shakespeare never visited Verona and his characters in Romeo & Juliet never existed, there is a 13th Century house in Verona where Juliet is said to have lived.
It once belonged to the Capello family for many years. This house, a former inn, is now known as the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) and is one of Verona’s main tourist attractions. The combination of the similar name to Capulet and the fact that it has a balcony that looks out over a courtyard has turned it into ‘Juliet’ balcony’ – the actual balcony where Romeo and Juliet began to plan the events that led to their tragic deaths.
This picture was placed in a Newport Photography exhibition in 2004 and measures 39 x 49cm in surround. The condition of the surround is grubby and it will need replacing but the picture itself is beautiful. Photographer unknown.