Verona Wants You to Wed Romeo and Juliet Style

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2009 1:50 PM CDT
Tourists take pictures of Juliet's balcony.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Verona, Italy, the scene for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is making a bid to become a “wedding capital,” ANSA reports. Packages include an exchange of vows on the Juliet Balcony, thought by some to be the locale for her famous “Romeo, Romeo” speech. It won’t be cheap—just the wedding license runs almost $1300 for foreigners—and historians are skeptical of the validity of historical claims.

“We’ll be offering tourist packages, the whole shebang, just like Las Vegas does,” the city’s tourism director said. “It’s a way of using the city’s artistic heritage to boost tourism.”