Verona is, perhaps, one of the lesser-known cities in the north of Italy, but boasts a great deal of charm and history, and would be a fabulous option for a romantic weekend away or as a base from which to visit an interesting array of nearby cities during a longer holiday, including Venice, Milan and Vicenza, along with the magnificent Lake Garda, which is very close by. Almost entirely surrounded by walls dating back to the sixteenth century and sliced in half by the snake-like River Adige, Verona is awash with fabulous Renaissance architecture, while its centrepiece monument, the first century Arena di Verona, is an incredibly well-preserved Roman amphitheatre that dominates the spacious, cobbled Piazza Bra (which is also home to The Liston, a collection of super restaurants and bars).
Each summer, the city hosts a world-famous opera festival that utilises the Arena di Verona as a spectacular open-air venue - an event not to be missed - while at other times of the year, it is used for rock and pop concerts. The compact nature of the city means that it is easily walkable, allowing visitors to experience a great many of its cultural riches within a relatively small area, including a number of Romanesque and Gothic churches, the riverside Castelvecchi, built on the site of a Roman fortress between 1354 and 1376 and now home to the Verona's fine art museum, and the stunning Renaissance gardens known as Giardino Giusti. Of course, visitors familiar with Shakespeare's adapted tale, Romeo and Juliet, will recognise the city as the setting for the book and a favourite attraction is the fourteenth century Casa di Giulietta on Via Cappello, which is set in a courtyard and boasts an ornate balcony. Despite it not being the actual residence of the Capulet family portrayed in the story, this restored property remains a mecca for tourists and has a small statue of Juliet beneath the balcony in the courtyard. By complete contrast, Verona is an excellent place in which to enjoy a spot of shopping, with designer labels and lingerie shops aplenty along the pedestrianised Via Mazzini, along with a wealth of bookshops and wine bars, while Corsa Porta Borsa is the sacred road to the city and boasts a third century gate and Renaissance palazzi. Here, you'll find shops, gourmet restaurants, bars and cafes.
Close to the church of Saint Anastasia and situated in the historic Medieval centre of Verona, near 'Juliet’s' famous balcony, Due Torri Hotel is a boutique base from which to discover the cultural and artistic gems of Verona. Stroll the central Citta Antica area and visit the Scaliger Tombs, before returning to indulge in the hotel’s spa and impressive roof terrace views.
Due Torri Hotel
Housed in a lavish former palace in the historic centre of Verona, Due Torri Hotel invites you to experience exemplary Italian elegance. Combining beautiful antique furnishings and hand-crafted art with ample modern comforts, this boutique hotel provides the perfect base for exploring the city on a luxury holiday in Italy — visit the magnificent Church of Santa Anastasia and legendary balcony of Juliet's house less than five minutes away. In the lower levels of the hotel, the basement features ornate original frescos by Arena Casarini, whilst the exclusive panoramic roof terrace offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Verona, as well as a cocktail, coffee or delectable light lunch whilst you bask in the warmth of the Italian sun.
- Type:Luxury Hotel
- Summary:Former 14th-century palace at the heart of Verona
- Feature:Admire a panoramic city view from the luxurious terrace
- Rooms:89 rooms and suites
- Nearest airport:Verona Villafranca Airport