Lonely Planet Writer

Same-sex civil unions to take place on Juliet’s balcony in Verona

Same-sex couples in search of somewhere romantic to tie the knot need look no further than Juliet’s balcony in Verona, which is now an authorised venue for civil unions.

Juliet's balcony in Verona, Italy.
Juliet’s balcony in Verona, Italy. Image by Matteo Colombo

Romantics and fans of Shakespeare flock to the 14th-century Casa di Giulietta to see the balcony of the house once owned by the del Cappello family that local legend says inspired Shakespeare’s depiction of the fictional Capulets. The house is home to furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries, frescoes that tell the story of Romeo and Juliet’s romance, a carving of the del Cappello coat of arms and a famous statue of Juliet.

When Italy finally legalised civil unions for same-sex couples in May this year it became the last of the major European nations to do so. This week Verona’s city council announced that all of its municipal wedding venues, including the Casa di Giulietta, can now also be used by same-sex couples to celebrate their union. Verona has so far received about 20 requests for same-sex civil unions.