Michele D'Alpaos wrote Paola Agnelli's name on a bedsheet and hung it on top of his apartment building in a gesture to show his love.

An Italian couple who met on their balconies throughout quarantine at the moment are engaged in the identical metropolis the place ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was set


It was love at first sight for Michele D’Alpaos, 38, who remembers the precise second he laid eyes on Paola Agnelli, 40, as she walked throughout the terrace of her condominium in Verona.

“It was the afternoon of March 17, once I was compelled to earn a living from home due to the lockdown,” D’Alpaos instructed CNN. “I noticed this stunning lady, Paola. I used to be instantly struck by the fantastic thing about this lady, by her smile. I needed to know her.”

The pair had lived in buildings throughout from one another virtually their whole lives, however had been by no means conscious of one another’s existence. However that afternoon, whereas her sister performed the violin on their balcony as she did each night to cheer up the quarantined neighborhood, Agnelli caught D’Alpaos’ gaze.

“I instantly thought, ‘What a fantastic boy’,” Agnelli instructed CNN. “I imagine he was despatched to me from heaven.”

Michele D'Alpaos and  Paola Agnelli.

Whereas the 2 had been strangers up till that second, destiny nonetheless discovered a technique to convey them collectively.

Agnelli occurred to know D’Alpaos’ sister as a result of they use to go to the identical fitness center and adopted one another on Instagram. Moments after discovering this, D’Alpaos shortly created his personal Instagram profile simply to succeed in out to Agnelli.

“One message after one other, we ended up chatting till late at evening,” D’Alpaos stated. “By then I used to be simply ready to get up within the morning to have the ability to discuss to her once more. We had so many issues in frequent, from meals to politics, she was very good, she all the time laughed at my jokes, even probably the most silly ones.”

Romance within the neighborhood

Shut sufficient to smile at one another from their balconies however too far to embrace, the 2 spent their days and nights speaking, laughing, and studying about one another till they stated it felt like they’d recognized one another ceaselessly.

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As Italy remained underneath lockdown due to the pandemic, Agnelli and D’Alpaos had no alternative however to stay aside. However that did not cease D’Alpaos from discovering methods to remind Agnelli of his love for her.

One instance of his romantic techniques is when D’Alpaos stunned Agnelli one summer season morning by writing her title in massive letters on a white bedsheet and hanging it from the highest of his constructing for her to see.

“The best problem of a courtship from the balcony in comparison with a traditional one is to woo an individual by stimulating them within the soul and never merely counting on bodily look. You must get their consideration and by no means fall into monotony,” he stated.

“You aren’t getting an opportunity to set the temper by going out to a pleasant place or something like that. Every part is centered solely on the 2 of us.”

Their first kiss

On Might 4, practically two months because the starting of their love story, Agnelli and D’Alpaos had been lastly capable of meet at a backyard close to their properties.

“We did not even discuss, we sat on a bench and kissed for half an hour like two youngsters,” D’Alpaos stated.

Whereas many individuals would have feared their chemistry wouldn’t translate in actual life, the pair instantly fell into rhythm. They spent the summer season stunning one another on the seaside, spending their birthdays collectively, and planning dates that started within the morning and bled into the evening.

Michele D'Alpaos and Paola Agnelli on one of their dates.

Whereas the 2 stated they’re engaged, the main points have been stored personal and there are at the moment no plans for a marriage date or location, however what they know for certain is their shared hope to start out a household.

D’Alpaos famous that Shakespeare’s tragedy is predicated on two rival households and the story of Romeo and Juliet “ends in tragedy with the 2 of them committing suicide.”

“Let’s hope our story has a greater ending than theirs.”


Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman to win fifth Italian Open title and set Masters file


Djokovic defeated Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-Three in a decent contest on clay within the build-up to the French Open.

The victory means Djokovic now has a file 36 Masters 1000 titles and stays unbeaten in 2020 barring his early US Open exit this month when he struck a line choose with a ball.

Within the ladies’s competitors, Simona Halep received her first Italian Open title as Karolina Pliskova was compelled to withdraw within the second set as a result of a thigh damage.

Djokovic (left) meets at the net with Schwartzman following the Italian Open final.
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Djokovic wins shut match

Two early breaks noticed Schwartzman mount a 3-Zero lead within the first set on Monday, however Djokovic rallied and took the following 4 video games in a row.

The pair then traded service video games till Djokovic, main 6-5, broke Schwartzman to take a primary set that lasted an hour and 12 minutes.

Schwartzman, who was taking part in his first Masters 1000 last having overwhelmed clay courtroom supremo Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals, broke Djokovic in the beginning of the second set, just for the world No. 1 to instantly break again.

With the set evenly poised at 4-3, a sweetly struck backhand noticed Djokovic capitalize on the primary of three break factors on the Argentine’s serve and transfer inside one recreation of the title.

He duly served out the following recreation to seal the victory, going one Masters 1000 win away from Nadal on the prime of the all-time checklist.

Djokovic celebrates winning his fifth Italian Open title.

Djokovic has now received 5 titles in Rome and he’ll head to Roland Garros on the lookout for his second victory on the French Open and first since 2016.

“It was a terrific week, a really difficult week,” the Serb mentioned in his on-court interview.

“I do not suppose I performed my finest tennis all through the whole week however I feel I discovered my finest tennis after I wanted it probably the most within the decisive moments at the moment, yesterday, virtually each match.

“That makes me very happy and proud that I managed to search out that fifth gear when it was most wanted.”

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Halep steps up French Open preparation

Pliskova, who wore strapping on her left thigh, was off the tempo within the ladies’s last as Halep raced by way of the primary set in simply 20 minutes.

Former world No. 1 Plisokva later mentioned she had an eye fixed on the French Open as she withdrew as a result of damage for the primary time in her profession.

Halep secured her first title at the Italian Open.

“I hope to be prepared for Roland Garros,” she mentioned.

“I’ve to see a health care provider to verify it isn’t too extreme of an damage. I feel it is from taking part in so many robust matches in a row. Even when they weren’t all three-set matches, they have been nonetheless on clay, which is sort of a quick change from exhausting courts.

“The sliding and operating within the final two matches, I started to really feel it in opposition to (Elise) Mertens and it grew with every single day.”

As for Halep, she will be able to method the French Open with confidence having not misplaced a match for the reason that Australian Open semifinals in January.

“I really feel completely satisfied that I’ll have an opportunity to play one other grand slam this yr,” she advised reporters.

“I am not going to let myself be bothered by the climate or one thing like this. I simply attempt to be completely satisfied, to take the positives from this match and to go there (Paris) smiling.”


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