Geocache, geocache, wherefore art thou? — Juliet’s Balcony (GC49T24) — Geocache of the Week

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou? Photo by geocacher theyoung

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou? Photo by geocacher theyoung

Geocache Name:

Juliet’s Balcony (GC49T24)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2.5/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Italy—and what better way to celebrate geocaching love than featuring a geocache located at a (supposed) site of one of the greatest love stories ever told? Travelers (and geocachers) from around the world come to Verona, Italy to catch a glimpse of the balcony where Juliet called out for her Romeo. Visitors come to stand by the statue of Juliet and to proclaim their love by adding a lock (hint hint) to the nearby fence.

Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. We revealed Croatia will also be among the six new country souvenirs on Tuesday.  Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.

The new Italy souvenir.

The new Italy souvenir.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“What a great experience! It was awesome to find a cache in the middle of so much muggles and nobody cared.” – Jaxi2s Bruder

“During our holiday in Verona, we must visit this place of love. The cache was quickly found :-) TFTC” – MenF

“Found it during my trip in the wine districts. Nice experience to log among hundreds of mugglers. Favorite point of course!” – piapotter

 

What the Geocache owner, Fedeb, has to say:

“In my opinion this kind of cache should firstly help the geocachers to visit the main turistic attractions in a particular town while geocaching, giving them also accurate informations about these sites. The other target is to bring the geocachers to places that usually are skipped by the normal turistic tours, but should be considered as hidden treasures.

When you place a urban cache you should place it in this kind of sites, but for me, the most important rule is to create a unique, original and camouflaged cache according with the surrounding environment and theme…. in this case the “Love, Graffiti and Locks”. This cache was created respecting mainly this rule, mixing those 3 aspects.

Juliet’s Balcony is for sure the most visited site in Verona, even more famous than the Arena. The Geocachers must face the fact they’ll have to search and log the cache while besieged by hundreds of muggles and the secret is not to care about them (infact part of the hint is: “forget about the muggles… just log it). My target was indeed to let the seekers believe that this mission is impossible, giving them, at the end, the surprise of doing it quite easily but with a lot of excitation. I think I succeeded according with the logs and I am very happy and proud about it.”

Photos:

Love locks near the balcony. Photo by geocacher Helli4314

Love locks near the balcony. Photo by geocacher Helli4314

These two found love at the balcony. Photo by geocacher toffa&fra

These two found love at the balcony. Photo by geocacher toffa&fra

Juliet stands near her balcony. This was one of the few appropriate photos. Photo by geocacher Guanacos

Juliet stands near her balcony. This was one of the few appropriate photos. Photo by geocacher Guanacos

The balcony. Photo by geocacher Koalice

The balcony. Photo by geocacher Koalice

 

Do you have a geocaching love story? Tell us and post photos in the comments.

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