Italy

Get married, Romeo and Juliet style

Maybe you already heard about it… I think it would be a great idea to consider for a romantic wedding in Italy.

La Casa di Giulietta (House of Juliet) – where, legend has it, Romeo wooed the young maiden under her balcony – will soon be used as a venue for weddings. This 14th-century tourist spot draws about 1.2 million people annually. The building belonged to the Cappello family, traditionally identified with the Capulets, leading to the folklore that William Shakespeare’s fictional character may have lived there.

The idea is part of a campaign by Verona, Italy where Shakespeare set his tale of star-crossed lovers, to foster its image as a romantic city. “Verona is known worldwide as the city of love,” said Daniele Polato, the city official who made the proposal. “We have inherited this splendid reputation and we want to promote it.”

But even romanticism comes at a price: The tab for getting married at the House of Juliet ranges from 600 euros (about $770) for Verona residents to 1,000 euros ($1,280) for non-EU citizens not living in the northeastern Italian city. The cost difference is due to the larger amount of documentation needed for non-residents, officials said. Polato says the money will be used to fund the initiative, including paying for city hall staff, extending hours, and processing documents. Eventually the city wants to expand the campaign to a full tourist “wedding package” that will include everything from hotel accommodation to flower arrangements.

Non-religious weddings at the House of Juliet will be possible starting in April, when the last bureaucratic hurdle is cleared, Polato said. The weddings can either take place inside the house or in the courtyard right below the famous balcony.

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