From Milan, we boarded a coach headed to Verona, the city immortalized by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Upon arrival, we were greeted to a private one-on-one tour with Franklin, our Verona expert and new friend. We toured Juliet’s house (beautiful, but devastatingly crowded) and the supposed balcony where she pined for her sweet, “Romeo, Romeo, Where art thou Romeo?” Juliet’s house is half private owned and half public owned. This means it’s free to enter the courtyard but you must pay €3 to visit the enchanted balcony. During the day crowds will swarm the courtyard to get a glimpse of the amorous balcony. Be careful while gazing up and watch your valuables for pick-pockets. Depending on who you believe, some say this was Juliet’s balcony, others say it’s a ruse put up by the state only to drive tourism. Like most great stories, it’s better to believe than to scrutinize the truth.