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World's Weirdest Superstitions: Love Letters to Juliet, Italy

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Love Letters to Juliet, Italy

The courtyard in Verona where Shakespeare’s star-crossed heroine Juliet Capulet supposedly resided has become a shrine to true love. Visitors grab the right breast of the bronze statue of Juliet for luck in love. It’s also popular to write messages to Juliet and use gum to stick them to the walls. Too popular, actually—concerns about defacement of the historic city center prompted the introduction of a fine in late 2012; that love note could now cost you as much as $600.  


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