Our first stop was of course the famous balcony of Juliet, now a part of the museum. The rest of the courtyard leads to a spa, a souvenir store, and what seems to be a restaurant. A Christmas tree lies in the middle of the courtyard with all the love notes from people who have visited. I had a nice time reading all the sweet and romantic notes hanged on the tree, some even wrote poetry. These notes are not the letters to Juliet though, there was another area where you can drop it off. From the movie “Letters to Juliet”, we know that there are some volunteer women who actually replies to these letters, up to this day. And it is believed that this ritual brings luck to the one searching for love. No one in our group was ready with a letter except for one of my nieces.
After our rituals, we headed to the nearby piazza where a market was open selling souvenirs, winter accessories, fruits, etc. It was interesting to see the stalls when closed, looked like the large garbage bins, then the top simply rises up with an automated mechanism when the store owner is ready to open, and all the goods being sold were actually displayed inside the box, and some hanging on the top roof already. With very little organization, the store is ready minutes after it opens - an amazing invention. Coffee shops and stores also line the piazza and the small alleyways around the area. We saw a man in the middle of the street with his easel, and he was about to paint the scene of the piazza. It was a cozy little town.