Italian couple’s first meet from balconies amid lockdown leads to engagement

An Italian couple has become known as the “Romeo and Juliet” of the coronavirus lockdown.

In true Shakespearean style, their romantic story began on their respective balconies this year while Italians were forced to sequester in their homes because of the pandemic. It was in Verona – the same city where “Romeo and Juliet” took place.

But the love story of this pandemic couple does not have a tragic ending like Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. In fact, six months after they met from afar, the covid-19 sweethearts are engaged to be married.

Michele D’Alpaos, 38, first laid eyes on Paola Agnelli, 40, in mid-March when she walked out on her balcony. Agnelli spotted D’Alpaos that night on his terrace, and said it was love at first sight. 

“I was immediately struck by the beauty of this girl, by her smile,” D’Alpaos said. “I had to know her.”

Agnelli, a lawyer, stood directly across from him on her sixth-floor balcony while her sister performed a violin rendition of “We Are The Champions” as part of a nightly 6 pm musical performance, intended to uplift the quarantined neighborhood.

A few minutes into the song, Agnelli caught D’Alpaos‘ gaze.

Agnelli had lived in the same apartment complex since she was 5 years old yet never met D’Alpaos before, even though he has lived opposite her, on the seventh floor, for most of his life. 

D’Alpaos’ sister knew Agnelli from the same gym, he looked her up on social media and the duo got writing, texting and later talking over the phone for hours together. 

From a distance, the couple got to know each other, and learned they share similar ideas: “The values you could build a relationship on,” Agnelli said.

The relationship got off to a strong start, and by July, the couple had met each other’s families and are now engaged to be married soon. (Source: The Washington Post)

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