Writing’s on the wall for star-crossed lovers’ graffiti spreads to other neighborhoods

For romantics, it is a staple of any visit to Verona — the Gothic palazzo where Shakespeare purportedly imagined his Juliet to have lived.

The Bard’s “star-cross’d lovers” may have been fictional, but that does not stop tourists from leaving sentimental notes and scrawling their names on the brick walls of the palazzo’s courtyard.

The custom was even celebrated in the film Letters to Juliet, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Amanda Seyfried.

But locals are losing patience with the...

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