For the First Time Ever, You Can Spend the Night in Juliet's House in Verona, Italy
Want to spend Valentine's Day in the most romantic house on Earth? Airbnb is holding a contest to send one lucky couple to Verona, Italy.
This Valentine’s Day, Airbnb is giving one lucky couple the chance to play Romeo and Juliet in the most epic of settings: Casa di Giulietta, the Verona, Italy, house popularly believed to be the actual home of Juliet Capulet.
The 14th-century townhouse is now a museum, where people from all over the world leave behind their love letters and wish for romance. But for just one night, Valentine’s Day, the museum will be transformed into the most romantic of bedrooms, with the actual bed used in the 1968 film adaption of the story from the Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. It’s the first time people will get to stay there overnight since the 1930s, Airbnb says, and the only way to do so is to win their contest.
Every year, thousands of people send letters to Juliet in Verona, which are received by Juliet’s Club, a non-profit that responds to each one of them. To enter, all you have to do is write a letter to Juliet with the tale of your own love story, and try to persuade her that you and your significant other are deserving of a stay in her home. The contest ends Feb. 2. Airbnb will provide roundtrip flights to the winning couple, plus a few other romantic Airbnb Experiences. The part-time Romeo and Juliet will get to learn from Michelin star chef Giancarlo Perbellini and partake in a romantic, private photoshoot around Verona with a professional photographer.
The lucky lovers will also get to try their hand at responding to a few letters to Juliet. Her room is outfitted with a desk and plenty of writing supplies to inspire heartfelt letters.
While Juliet’s home isn’t up for grabs at any other point, the Airbnb Experiences associated with the prize trip are available for anyone to book in February.
Romantic Airbnb Rentals to Book if You Don't Win the Contest
And of course, you can find romantic Airbnbs throughout the US for a date weekend away year-round. Even if you don't win the contest and can't whisk your partner away to Italy, you can still gift them a romantic getaway, especially if your Valentine prefers experiences over chocolates and flowers. Here are a few particularly stylish and cozy spots to inspire your next trip.
This cozy cabin reminds us of the homes in The Hobbit. It's tucked into a hill in Washington's Columbia River Gorge, where you can enjoy stunning views of the mountains. An indoor fireplace and plenty of blankets make this place a cozy spot to come home to after hiking and exploring around the six acres of property you're free to wander. If you visit during winter, be aware that you need four-wheel drive and you'll need to trek a short distance to the house, so bring appropriate footwear.
This spacious three-bedroom chalet in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, is the perfect spot for an enchanted forest getaway. Snuggle up by the woodstove on chilly evenings. We'll give you bonus points for writing your own sonnets to read to one another.
This historic carriage house in one of Denver's best neighborhoods has been transformed into a unique Airbnb perfect for a couple. You'll have access to a private hot tub and patio, and a full kitchen so you can choose whether to stay in and cook together or head out to some of the West's best restaurants.
Few natural wonders make for a more romantic moment than watching the sunset over the beach. This lovely Malibu apartment has a deck facing the water and is so close to the ocean that its waves will lull you to sleep at night.
Savannah, with its old-world charm and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, is a romantic destination year-round. Stay at this gorgeous apartment in a Victorian home from 1891 with stunning interior design to be walking distance from all the excitement (and great food) downtown and in Forsyth Park.