As the setting to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it’s no surprise that Verona is a hotspot for a romantic getaway. Whether you’re looking to escape it all in the hills or find the action in the city centre, with a loved one, friends, family or solo, we’ve got a great hotel for you. We pick Verona’s top 10 boutique hotels for a cultural stay in Shakespeare’s favourite romantic city.
Just across from Juliet’s balcony, you will find the nine suite romantic hotel, Il Sogno di Giulietta. Rooms include beautiful amenities, such as cream-colored décor and whirlpool tubs. For those who choose to upgrade, they can enjoy a fireplace and a luxurious canopy beds. For families, the hotel offers babysitting services and children’s activities.
Less than fifteen minutes by foot from the train station, Hotel Scalzi Verona is a hotel built on the remains of an ancient church. Many of the rooms found in the palazzo have the original ceilings and stone walls. Guests will appreciate particular touches of the hotel, such as the choice to enjoy their complimentary breakfast in the dining room or in the garden.
Although located close to Verona’s center, Delser is hidden way in the hills outside the city. The Delser owner has turned what was once both a Palladian Villa and the property of Saint Dionisi into an elegant luxury hotel. This is the perfect place for couples look for serenity as they will find peace and quiet among the surrounding olive trees and grape vines. Clients note owner Alberto Delser’s passion for hospitality and the impressive service of the restaurant’s chef. With stone walls and linen sheets, the hotel is infused with a simple yet elegant aesthetic.
Located near both the train-station and the center, B&B Arte Nel Centro is found on Corso Porta Nuova, the city’s main street, and is easily reached using public transportation. There are two special rooms, the Charlie Chaplin room and Maria Callas room, with decoration reminiscent of their namesakes. Clients appreciate the quirky charm of the hotel and the attentive staff. To make things easier, the hotel offers transportation to and from the local airport.
About four miles from the Villafranca Airport, La Grotta Hotel is the ideal hotel for those in town on business and not focused on seeing Juliet’s house. Certain rooms offer a hot tub or a balcony, so those here for a conference can decompress after a long day. If you do decide to trek to the center, it may be worth hiring a car, as the Verona Arena is three miles away. Nevertheless, the hotel offers free parking, making it easier for those renting cars to find a secure place leave their transportation.
Housed in a former convert from 1337, Hotel Colomba d’Oro may be just 0.6 km from Piazza delle Erbe, yet it feels far away from the world. The rooms are decorated elegantly, with marble floors and balconies. Those who look to the foyer may just spy fresco paintings from centuries past. Guests who are in town for work will appreciate the hotel’s business center and the free internet access.
Visitors looking to stay in a more secluded location will appreciate the Bylblos Art Hotel Villa, Amistà, 12 km away from the tourist sites. Designer Alessandro Mendini has filled this 18thcentury villa with modern art, juxtaposing the antiquated architecture with contemporary décor. For clients looking to relax, they can either sip on wine from the centuries old wine cellar or get a body treatment from the day spa. There is also a beautiful garden on the grounds that are perfect for an afternoon walk.
Situated close to Piazza Erbe, Hotel Gabbia D’Oro is an elegant boutique hotel, located only a few minutes’ walk from the Arena. Those looking for the entrance should keep an eye out for the foliage that covers the edifice. With the original high vaulted ceilings and the wooden furniture, the hotel offers its visitors the chance to step back in time during their stay. The décor is combination of antiques with modern amenities with a lounge to relax in, and a tennis court where you can find love of a different kind.
Conveniently located on Via Mazzini, near the shopping area, Hotel Accademia is the perfect place to stay for opera lovers. It was home to singer Giovanni Zenatello while he initiated the project to create the Arena, the city’s open-air opera theater, and is still managed by his family today. Rooms are decorated in classically romantic designs with a palette of rich reds and golds and are perfect for couples looking for a long weekend away. Breakfast includes an array of breads, cheeses and pastries – a great way to start the day.