Ask any Verona resident and they’ll probably tell you it’s centered around three things: love, music and art. The town is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet and is one of the greatest cultural centers in Italy, so much so that it has been dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s especially lively during the summer, when the city comes alive with weekly operas at Verona Arena and a combination of fairs, plays and concerts at the Roman Theatre. And since last month, affluent travelers looking for luxury when visiting can now enjoy a stay at the five-star Vista Palazzo Verona.
The boutique hotel is located in the heart of Verona, in a quiet alley off one of the city’s main streets. Minutes from Juliet’s House, Piazza del Erbe, the boutique-lined Via Mazzini and the bullring, it’s the perfect place for exploration. But once you enter you are transported to a haven that seems far from the hustle and bustle.
Each of the 16 rooms, including 13 suites, is uniquely equipped; have their own color palette; and are a true celebration of Italian design, with materials and furnishings sourced from local businesses and artisans. Many of the luxurious rooms have both standalone tubs and walk-in rainfall showers and come with plush Simmons mattresses, but it’s the details that make them shine. Above the bed you’ll find intricate hand-woven masterpieces by Dedar, a family-run fabric house that dates back to 1976, while bespoke furniture is crafted by Minotti Collezioni. The magnificent bathrooms are adorned with marble – sourced from all over Italy, including Sardinia, Tuscany and Lombardy – in various colors including green, slate gray and orange, and are trimmed plush monogrammed towels by Rivolta Carmignani, natural J. and C. Cosmetici toiletries and a vase of eucalyptus and lace leaves on the sink. It feels like a house, and very well decorated.
Above you will find a roof terrace with 360 degree views of the city. Stop for an apertivo, then descend the stairs to the hotel restaurant, Sottovoce, where the Milanese chef highlights ingredients found in the Veneto region. There’s also a robust wine cellar that includes 150 different labels, the majority of which are from the region, but with at least one vino representing each region of Italy in addition to a few French options.
But no stay at Vista Palazzo Verona would be complete without a visit to the full-service spa. The underground oasis uses Biologique Recherche products, undoubtedly among the best on the market. There are standard treatment rooms, but if you really want to be pampered, book the Private Spa Suite, a 484-square-foot space with a sauna and whirlpool tub with built-in lounge chairs. Additional facilities at this peaceful enclave include a Turkish bath, a five-setting experiential shower, an ice fountain and an indoor swimming pool with a hydromassage tub where you will also find an ancient Roman well built into the wall.
While you are here, be sure to also take advantage of the experiences they offer. Palazzo Maffei, a private gallery that forges a dialogue between classic and contemporary art, is usually only open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, but Vista Palazzo Verona guests can have private access during the week. The hotel can also organize wine tours to nearby vineyards and excursions on Lake Garda. And if you want a day trip to Milan for world-class shopping or Venice to see the canals, they’re both just over an hour away by train.
For more information or to book a room, visit the Vista Palazzo Verona website.