Is Romeo and Juliet a real story?
There isn't much liklihood that Romeo and Juliet is a true story, however: "The plot of Romeo and Juliet was taken from an earlier version of the story. The theme appeared in the fourth century in a Greek tale and later in the sixteenth century as Luigi da Porto’s Hystoria di due nobili Amanti. In the later version, the city is Verona, and da Porto was the first to call the hero and heroine Romeo and Giulietta. Probably Shakespeare’s most direct source was a long English narrative poem written in 1562 by Arthur Brooke, called The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet."
Romeo and Juliet may be distantly based on a real story—Shakespeare worked from older accounts—but should be considered fiction because of all the specific ways Shakespeare has shaped the story.