Two lovers dubbed the Romeo and Juliet of lockdown after they spotted each other from the balconies of their homes in Verona have announced that they are getting married. Michele D’Alpaos, a 38-year-old IT worker, and Paola Agnelli, 40, a lawyer, fell in love in March during Italy’s strict ten-week lockdown but were unable to leave their neighboring apartments to meet.

Their long-distance affair, fueled by phone calls and wistful gazes, drew comparisons to the lovers in Shakespeare’s tragedy, which is set in Verona. However, the couple, who finally embraced in a local park in May, are promising a happy ending. “We are absolutely getting married and all we have to do is set the date,” Mr D’Alpaos said. “We are considering a ceremony on the large roof terrace of my building, which would make sense since we met on our balconies.” Ms Agnelli said: “This relationship is real and something to protect — meeting like that was our destiny and it is wonderful that we could fall in love in the midst of such a tragic event.”

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