It might not end happily, but Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is one of the most iconic romances of all time. Now one couple will get to channel the star-crossed lovers – preferably minus the poison – with a Valentine’s Day stay in Juliet’s historic home, courtesy of Airbnb. 

The 13th-century balcony, draped with vines and flowers, associated with Juliet's "wherefore art thou Romeo" speech
One couple will win a Valentine's Day stay in Juliet's historic home © Airbnb

In Verona, Italy, where the Bard laid his scene, Casa di Giuletta is the 13th-century townhouse thought to be the inspiration for the fictional heroine’s home, and it bears an uncanny resemblance, right down to the balcony of “wherefore art thou Romeo” fame. Today a museum and a magnet for an international assortment of tourists, the home will receive its first and only overnight guests on 14 February. 

Juliet’s bed, created by Renzo Mongiardino and featured in Franco Zeffirelli's “Romeo and Juliet”
Juliet’s bed was created by Renzo Mongiardino and featured in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film, “Romeo and Juliet” © Airbnb

The property’s normally bare-bones interior has been gussied up for the occasion, draped in crystals, candles, and trailing vines and flowers, and the winning couple will be treated like royalty for the evening, with a personal butler, a private dinner from a Michelin-starred chef, and a night in the very bed that featured in director Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘60s take on the classic story. A Romeo and Juliet–inspired tour of the town and a private tour of the townhouse are also included. 

A dining table set with candles and and flowers, placed between columns on a checkerboard-tiled floor
The winning couple will be treated to a candlelit dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef © Airbnb

“This stay will give one couple the unique chance to celebrate their love in what is possibly the most romantic home in the history of literature, ” Giacomo Trovato, general manager for Italy at Airbnb, said in a statement. “Juliet’s House is the most important museum in the City of Verona, attracting millions of visitors every year,” added Federico Sboarina, mayor of Verona Municipality. “We are excited to promote our cultural heritage, share traditions that were previously safeguarded, and bring international visibility to the City of Verona.” 

A wooden writing desk beside a flower-covered stone fireplace
Juliet's medieval bedroom has been transformed into a romantic boudoir for the occasion © Airbnb

Wannabe Romeos and Juliets should start sharpening their quills. Airbnb is accepting applications from 21 January until 11:59pm EST on 2 February, and to win the stay, all candidates have to do is share their tales of love, detailing why they and their partner would be the perfect guests. 

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