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Padua, Vicenza and Verona are prosperous, attractive towns with much to offer the visitor so it is surprising that they are not very strong in hotels. There are plenty of quite ordinary ones, though we have sieved through them and found some of the best places to stay in the Veneto, so that you don't have to.
The hotels fill very easily during trade fairs, of which there are many. Vicenza, for example, holds three very large jewellery fairs every year and you would do well to check on the town’s website and avoid them.
Padua hosts an international cat show, a bridal show and a large biannual horticultural show.
And during the season (mid-June to early September) countless opera lovers crowd into Verona for the performances in its vast Arena. Then prices go up and standards come down.
It is easy to fill the rooms and perhaps this has made hoteliers complacent. Too many offer a dull room with reproduction furniture and heavy damasks, approached through public rooms of no distinction.
Our particular favourites amongst the best places to stay in the Veneto towns would have to be:
Outside the towns it is another matter. The region is well off for attractive luxury hotels with spas and fine restaurants. We think the best places to stay in the Veneto are the family-owned ones where one or two individuals take a personal interest in the guests and have invested in a much-loved estate.
The food in several of them is outstanding and wine-lovers will find that the standard - particularly of Prosecco, the best of which never leaves Italy and has little in common with the poor man’s champagne found in England - is very high indeed. Several hotels arrange tastings and visits to winemakers in their locality.
The drawback of these attractive places is, of course, that they can be expensive and if you want to explore, you will need a car.
You will notice that the villas of Palladio, particularly associated with Vicenza, are actually spread across the region and one of the finest of them, the Villa Barbaro at Maser, is much nearer Asolo and Follina.
It pays to be attentive to the map. For example, an art lover who wants to see Giotto’s wonderful murals in the Scrovegni chapel might do better to stay in Venice and make the short trip by rail - its quick, cheap and easy - rather than staying in Padua.
60 million tourists come to the Veneto every year; it is the most visited part of Italy. Most go to Venice, but those who visit the hinterland will find much to delight them; great music, important paintings, fine wines, the villas built for rich Venetian clients who recognised the point of the terra firma, the rural calm away from the busy canals and squares. You will enjoy it as much as they did.
Check out our pick of the best places to stay in Veneto and start to plan your stay.
San Pietro in Cariano, Veneto
Countryside accommodation with peaceful garden and shaded veranda terrace overlooking Valpolicella vineyards. Air conditioned rustic-chic bedrooms are roomy with original stone walls and smart furnishings. The restaurant serves local wines and Italian dishes. Ideal for wine lovers & local exploring.
Charming farm hotel outside Venice centre. Cosy rooms have wooden floors, traditional fabrics and countryside views. Gardens and sit out terrace, stables and farm. Fantastic traditional Italian menu. Family friendly, quiet and authentic.
Traditional riverside hotel. Room interiors have opulent fabrics, antique furniture and large bathrooms. Garden and terrace. Restaurant offers superb Veneto specialities. Historic, atmospheric and great value.
An elegant hotel surrounded by olive trees just outside Verona. Exquisite rooms have wooden floors, antique furniture, unique views and all mod cons. Vineyards on the doorstep, as well as UNSECO-listed Verona. A laid back country escape for couples or families.
Peaceful country house hotel. Traditional rooms have stone floors, balconies and cream furnishings. Outdoor terrace and gardens. Excellent regional cuisine from locally sourced produce. Intimate, romantic and quiet.
An ideal location and pleasant (if slightly dated) rooms have won the Accademia many friends. Beautiful sand stone building with romantic pale green shutters. Large elegant rooms provide comfort. An ideal spot to explore Verona for pleasure or while on business.
Unpretentious, well-run, comfortable hotel with outstanding views. Old-fashioned but absolutely charming. Ideal for families and those looking for a low key country escape.
Gorgeous Relais - Romeo and Jultiet style. Romantic bedrooms in the palest pastels (pinks, limes, yellows) with four poster beds, Baroque furniture, and fresh white linens. A lovely inner courtyard is equally whimsical.
Santa Fosca, Veneto
A charming lodge in the Dolomite mountain range. Unique rooms are cosy yet modern with views; larger suites have lounge areas. Skiing, mountain biking and hiking nearby. Great choice for family or group weekend with lots of outdoor activities.
Contemporary luxuries, rustic Italian design and eco-development meet in this Manor House located in a vineyard in the northern Italian hills. Each room has an individual style influenced by the local region. Drink in the hotel's own wine and stunning views of the valley on your private patio.
Follina Treviso, Veneto
A fabulous little hotel near Treviso with stunning boutique interiors. Rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated with paintings on the walls, lots of rich fabrics, natural light, and private balconies. Set in prosecco vineyards and with a gourmet bistro and restaurant, it's an indulgent spot.
Valeggio Sul Mincio, Lake Garda
A rustic B&B in a magical riverside setting between Verona and Lake Garda. A stone cottagey building houses 5 lovely rooms with wooden beams and white washed walls. Enchanting terraces dotted around the property soak up the sun. A great choice for rural romance, nature lovers or families.
Elegant 5* hotel. Traditional rooms feature artisan furniture, Venetian terracotta floors and marble fireplaces, large bathrooms. Extensive riverside gardens, gym, massages available and cosy library. Outstanding Italian cuisine in regal dining room. Romantic, opulent and charming.
A small hotel where modern Romeos take their Juliets. Individually themed rooms decorated with elegant romance - antique rugs, magnificent drapes, candles, art objects, private balconies overlooking the courtyard.
Experience life like a local in these stylish apartment-sized suites. Decor is smart and contemporary throughout with wooden floors, neutral colours, and handpicked pieces of modern furniture. Bang in the centre of town, it's ideal for opera lovers or those who want to shop till they drop.
Stylish, discreet ‘street hotel’ with a code that lets you enter directly off the street, bypassing the need for reception. Five individually designed rooms are beautifully decorated with statement floral prints and top notch accessories. Perfect for romantic trysts in the city of Romeo and Juliet
Sona, Lake Garda
Corte Guastalla is all about traditional Verona interiors. Antiques complement the wooden-beamed ceilings and parquet floors, but the rooms are fresh and contemporary. Situated between Lake Garda and Verona it offers a gorgeous base from which to explore city or countryside.
Gorgeous country house at the foot of the Prosecco hills. Antiques, wooden floors and splashes of coloured silk decorate the interior. Peaceful gardens and terraced outdoor pool surrounded by cypress trees, library inside. A lovely spot for exploring and tasting the bubbly.
A peaceful getaway spot in a restored farmhouse in the verdant hills of Vicenza. Contemporary bedrooms offer beautiful post-card perfect views. Enjoy the spa and yoga centre or head outside and explore the many activities on offer nearby. With its own cooking school on site, the food is superb.
Cavaion Veronese,, Lake Garda
An 18th century palatial villa just 10km from Lake Garda, with formal Italian gardens and parkland. Rooms are decorated in a Venetian style with period furniture, high ceilings and original stone fire places. The restaurant favours traditional dishes with local produce. A stunning Italian estate.
A wonderfully romantic setting with views over the valley that can be enjoyed over breakfast. This Renaissance villa mixes nature, art, and history with its perfumed garden, celestial views, elegant interiors, antiques, and its heritage. A magnificent spot for romantics.
Costermano, Lake Garda
A beautifully converted 18th-century farm, outside the medieval village of San Verolo. The restaurant heaves with happy customers every evening, testimony to the incredible food. Rustic chic bedrooms with vibrant walls and crisp white sheets. Heavenly pools and fragrant gardens seal the deal.
Welcoming country comfort for gourmets and oenophiles. Two restaurants with Michelin stars and extensive wine lists. Beautiful and elegantly decorated rooms, and a family annexe, painted in creams and pastel colours. A wonderful spot for exploring.
Classical elegance and top notch luxury. Seamless bedrooms and suites combine modern gadgetry, private jacuzzis, and white leather furniture with marble columns, parquet floors and frescoes. Excellent Michelin chef directed restaurant. Luxurious, but still family friendly.
Fantastic boutique hotel for the design conscious. Baroque furniture, fountains, landscaped gardens, contemporary art, Scandinavian furniture and Venetian chandeliers. Like something from Gatsby. There's also an excellent restaurant and spa.
Akin to staying in a luxury antique shop surrounded by silverware, fine china and highly polished furniture, but deeply relaxing and rather grand. An opulent romantic destination.
Family pride rather than corporate greed are what drives the standards up in this attractive luxury manor house. Beautiful interiors that combine original stone facades, wooden beams, and elegant furniture. Outstanding food and private reception facilities for weddings.
A place of extravagant luxury in the centre of Verona: palatial individually designed rooms (some with private hammam), majestic bathrooms, complimentary minibar. Plus there's a spa for pampering & pretty courtyard garden for romantic dinners. A truly spoiling spot where you'll feel like a VIP!