For the first time ever, one lovestruck couple will have the opportunity to role-play Romeo & Juliet while spending a night in the historic home of Shakespeare’s most famous female protagonist.

Airbnb has today announced that one infatuated couple will get to celebrate Valentine’s day in the home of Juliet, located in Verona, Italy.

The house fabled to belong to the Shakespearian heroine features the iconic balcony associated with Juliet’s ‘wherefore art thou Romeo’ declaration of love.

The winning couple will stay for one night, enjoy a feast cooked by a two Michelin Stars chef and read love letters written to Juliet.

Think modern-day R&J, with more Instagram selfies, and less tragic death.

 

The unique stay

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The 13th century townhouse is a celebrated landmark and museum in the center of Verona and thanks to Airbnb and Verona’s Municipality, the building will be turned into a home for the first time since the 1930s.

One couple will be waited on by a personal butler and treated to a romantic candlelit dinner prepared by two Michelin star chef Giancarlo Perbellini in a glittering dining room filled with crystals, candles, and flowers.

Then, after a busy day of feasting, exploring and reading Juliet’s love letters, they will retire for the night to Juliet’s medieval-themed bedroom which features “Letto di Giulietta”, the original bed used in Zeffirelli’s classic 1960s movie ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

“Juliet’s House is the most important museum in the City of Verona, attracting millions of visitors every year. Partnering with Airbnb brings the widely known Shakespearian myth of Romeo and Juliet to life in a way never before offered.”

Federico Sboarina, Mayor of Verona Municipality.

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Highlights from the stay include:

  • A Romeo and Juliet inspired exploration of Verona, the city of love.
  • Private tour of the most romantic home in the history of literature.
  • Reading and replying to some of Juliet’s most recent love letters.
  • Exclusive access to Michelin Star Chef Giancarlo Perbellini while he prepares the romantic feast.
  • Candlelit dinner for two prepared by Giancarlo in Juliet’s sumptuous dining room.
  • A night in Juliet’s traditional bedroom transformed for the evening into a romantic boudoir

Although the Stay can only be given to one winner and their partner, four exclusive Valentine’s Experiences will be listed on Airbnb with bookable dates in February: Michelin Starred Special Dinner, Juliet’s Secretary for a Day, Romantic Photoshoot and Romantic Food & Wine Walk.

 

How do I enter?

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Thousands of letters arrive at Casa di Giulietta from all over the world each year. The decades-old tradition has earned the Italian city the nickname ‘the city of love’ and has kept the NGO, Juliet’s Club, busy writing individual replies from its team of volunteers known as Juliet’s secretaries.

To stay in Juliet’s house, eligible applicants must pen a letter to Juliet, sharing their own poignant love story and explaining why they and their partner would be perfect guests.

Entries can be submitted here until 3:59pm AEDT on 3rd February 2020 – Conditions apply.