words by Carol King Lovers will soon be able to marry and spend their honeymoon night in what is perhaps the most famous spot for lovers in the world: the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) in Verona. Casa di Giulietta is a popular tourist attraction because of its possible connection to the heroine in William Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ set in Verona. The local council has dreamed up a way of supplementing the city’s coffers by opening the doors of Casa di Giulietta to perform wedding ceremonies. Honeymoon couples will also then be able to stay in a luxury suite at Casa di Giulietta. The suite is on the top floor of the house in the attic. It will contain everything to make for a perfect love nest: antique furniture, paintings, bed and silk furnishings. Plans are afoot to move the entrance of the house from Via Cappello to Piazzetta Navona, using two side entrances at the Teatro Nuovo. This means that lovebirds will be able to access Casa di Giulietta via a private path leading to a small courtyard. And the price of the ultimate romantic gesture? A snip: costs are €800 for the wedding ceremony and an estimated €5,000 for a honeymoon night in the suite. Casa di Giulietta is the former home of the Cappello family, who may have been the model for the Capulets in the Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Its balcony is purported to be where Romeo and Juliet declared their love for each other. However, historians point out that it is unlikely the star-crossed lovers of the bard’s play ever existed.
Juliet’s House Soon Open For Weddings And Honeymooners in Verona