Love during pandemic took on a Shakespearean twist in Italy when a couple who fell in love across balconies during lockdown kissed and met for the first time.
Michele D’Alpaos, 38, and Paola Agnelli, 40, a lawyer, the couple’s relationship had drawn widespread comparisons with Romeo and Juliet as they fell for each other as people gathered on balconies in Verona — the city where the passionate tale is from.
In March, neighbors Michele D’Alpaos and Paola Agnelli, created social media buzz for crushing on each other during lockdown from their respective balconies in Verona, Italy — the setting of the 1597 William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet — while the pandemic intensified throughout their country.OOInin March, Italy had more than 53,000 COVID-19 infections and the highest death toll in the world.
During Italy’s eight-week lockdown, locals utilized their balconies for fresh air, social interactions and nightly serenades with clapping, singing and musical instruments to honor health care workers.
It was when Agnelli’s sister Lisa, a professional violinist, put on a 6:00 p.m. performance that the couple locked eyes.
“I was immediately struck by the beauty of this girl, by her smile,” D’Alpaos, who lives on the seventh floor of his apartment building, told the Washington Post. “I had to know her.”
When lockdown got easy, As they came down from their respective homes, they were able to look closer into each other’s eyes.
“We were both nervous but it went really well — he was just like I imagined he would be,” Agnelli told U.K. paper The Times.
“It was wonderful to finally meet her, she is more beautiful than I thought,” added Mr. D’Alpaos, an IT expert.
Although he lives at home with his parents, he had already bought an apartment and the couple is planning to move in together soon and of course, their wedding, The Times reported.