A couple who have been dubbed as “Italy’s modern-day Romeo and Juliet” are planning to get married.
Paola Agnelli, 40, and Michele D’Alpaos, 38, have been living opposite each other for years.
It wasn’t until March when a community balcony concert was arranged to lift the spirits during coronavirus that they locked eyes.
And now the couple, from Verona, claim their romance was love at first sight.
After the gig, Michele found Paola on Instagram where they began texting until 3am every night.
Paola realised the two shared similar values which would form a solid base for a relationship.
For some time, the pair were unable to meet due to Covid-19 restrictions so instead they called each other every night.
But after waiting patiently for restrictions to ease, Paola and Michele linked up for the first time in May.
Paola previously told FEMAIL : “The first time I saw Michele it was love first sight and for him as well – our eyes just met each other.
“The atmosphere was so romantic.”
Speaking about the first evening they spoke, she added: “That night we wrote to each other until the early hours.
“We realised we shared the same values and that those would be a solid base for a relationship.”
Their romance soon went viral on social media when IT worker Michele painted Paola’s name on a sheet and put it on his building.
After speaking for two months, restrictions began to ease which is when they met at a park.
And now following their six-month romance, the couple are planning to tie the knot.
Michele and Paola are currently trying to set a date for their special ceremony.
Michele told The Times : “We are absolutely getting married and all we have to do is set the date.
“We are considering a ceremony on the large roof terrace of my building, which would make sense since we met on our balconies.”