You could call it a stay to die for. This Valentine’s Day, Airbnb is giving one lucky couple the chance to spend the night at Juliet’s house in Verona, Italy.
While Shakespeare’s heroine is a fictional character, Casa di Giulietta is a very real museum dedicated to Romeo and Juliet. Each year, it draws millions of visitors who want to see its famous balcony and make their own declarations of love. Considered “the most important museum in the City of Verona,” according to Federico Sboarina, the city’s mayor, the 13th-century building will be transformed into a home for the first time since the 1930s for the winners of this one-night stay.
How to enter
For decades, lovesick people have written letters to Juliet, which are answered by volunteer secretaries at the Juliet Club in Verona. To enter the Airbnb contest, interested couples must write their own letter to Juliet sharing their love story and why they’d be the perfect guests for this rare opportunity. Entry letters can be submitted at airbnb.com/juliet.
Submissions can be submitted now through 11:59 p.m. ET on February 2, 2020.
What you’ll win
The winning couple will get to spend February 14, 2020, in Juliet’s balcony bedroom—complete with the actual bed used in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that is usually on display inside the museum.
That alone is nothing to bite your thumb at. But the stay includes much more. During the day, you’ll get a private tour of the museum and also get to read letters from—and write back to—a few of the 50,000 people who write to Juliet each year through the Juliet Club. You’ll also get to take a tour of Verona to see some of the places mentioned in Shakespeare’s play. Then at night, chef Giancarlo Perbellini, of Verona’s two-Michelin star restaurant Casa Perbellini, will cook a candlelight dinner for you.
But that’s not all
Even if your submission isn’t deemed a winner, don’t consider yourself fortune’s fool. Airbnb is also offering these limited-time Experiences in Verona this February that anyone can sign up for:
- A Valentine’s Day special menu at Casa Perbellini ($115 per person, airbnb.com)
- The chance to be a Juliet Secretary and answer love letters at the Juliet Club for a day ($35 per person, airbnb.com)
- A romantic photoshoot in Verona (from $81, airbnb.com)
- A romantic food and wine walking tour in Verona (from $81 per person, airbnb.com)
For more information about this contest, visit airbnb.com/juliet.