Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Romeo and Juliet in the news

It's terribly nice of the Universe to send Romeo & Juliet-related news my way during Brush Up Your Shakespeare month - and while we're discussing that particular play, no less!

Yesterday's news brought information about Juliet's balcony in Verona. You see, there's a house in Verona that is reputed to have belonged to the Capello family, with a balcony that is reported to have belonged to the real Giulietta (if ever there was one). Visitors have come there for years to see the balcony, stand on it, and leave love letters (and love-oriented graphitti) on the walls.

But now, you can actually get married there. If you are a citizen of a country in the EU, it will cost you 700 euros to rent the use of the balcony; for non-EU citizens, it's 900 euros. Soccer player Lucca Ceccarelli and his bride were the first couple to get hitched there just the other day. And no, I'm not making this up. I like this commentator's take on it:

As some of you might remember from when I reviewed the book The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper, there is also an actual Juliet Club, composed of people who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice in matters of love.

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