Wherefore art thou, bridegroom?
ROME - There may be no better setting for the words "till death do us part."
The House of Juliet - where, legend has it, Romeo wooed the young maiden under her balcony - will soon be used as a venue for weddings, city officials in Verona said yesterday.
The idea is part of a campaign by Verona, where William Shakespeare set his tale of star-crossed lovers, to foster its image as a romantic city.
"Verona is known worldwide as the city of love," said Daniele Polato, the city official who came up with the idea. "We have inherited this splendid reputation and we want to promote it."
But romance has a price: The tab for getting married at the House of Juliet ranges from about $770 for Verona residents to $1,280 for non-EU-citizens not living in the northeastern Italian city. The cost difference is due to the larger amount of documentation needed for nonresidents, officials said.
Nonreligious weddings at the House of Juliet, as well as in another historical building in the city center that was previously unavailable, will be possible starting next month, when the last bureaucratic hurdle is cleared, Polato said. The weddings can take place either inside the house or in the courtyard below the balcony.