Verona Opens Juliet's Balcony For Weddings

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The 13th century mansion of the Cappello family — believed to be the Capulets of William Shakespeare's tragic play Romeo and Juliet — has for years been a place of pilgrimage for lovers, who have scrawled messages on its walls. Now Verona's town council is offering it as a place to get married.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Shakespeare wrote, Never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. Still, lovers seem to focus not on the woe but on the wooing and have long flocked to the balcony of a 13th century mansion where Romeo supposedly courted his Juliet. Now the Italian city of Verona has turned it into a wedding venue. But love Shakespeare-style isn't cheap. A marriage license that includes the Capulet balcony costs up to $1,200 more.

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