Fancy treating your loved one this Valentines Day? Well, this is the chance to sweep them off their feet and give them a night they’ll never forget.
Airbnb is offering one lucky couple a Valentine’s Day overnight stay at a 13th-century Italian townhouse which mirrors the one from Shakespeare’s most romantic play, Romeo and Juliet.
The pair will spend the night at Casa di Giulietta in Verona, a historic building that has a beautiful balcony and shares several similarities to the description of Juliet’s house in the classic script.
The winning couple will also sleep in the original bed used in the original 1960s movie Romeo and Juliet, named ‘Letto di Giulietta’.
If that wasn’t enough the pair 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.
After dinner, they’ll get to meet the chef, who will share the secrets behind the special Valentine’s Day dinner.
Whilst the actual location of Julie’s home was never revealed by Shakespeare, Casa di Giulietta began life in the 13th century as a family home belonging to the Dal Cappello (or ‘Cappelletti’) family, passing through several hands over the centuries. It has been a museum since the 1930s, but Airbnb, working with an Italian architect and the Municipality of Verona, has transformed it into a sumptuous temporary love nest.
Over time, the belief that it was the birthplace of Giulietta Capuleti grew and in 1907 the Municipality of Verona decided to buy a section of the complex. The Letto di Giulietta bed didn’t have to be moved far as it’s one of the museum’s exhibits.
As part of the prize, the lovers will also be given a ‘Romeo and Juliet inspired tour of Verona’ and get to read and reply to Juliet’s love letters.
The Juliet Club has been handling Juliet’s mail for many years; this unique phenomenon has made Verona the world-wide known “capital of love”. Addressed to “Juliet, Verona” thousands of letters arrive from all over the world and our team of volunteers replies to each and every one of them in the name of the most famous heroine in literature keeping alive this extraordinary epistolary tradition.
To stay in Juliet’s house, eligible applicants must write one of these letters to Juliet, sharing their own poignant love story and explaining why they and their partner would be perfect guests.