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Verona knows perfectly well wherefore it is popular: a prized location in Italian and European power struggles, some of the finest Roman, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture you'll find anywhere on the peninsula and a history dating back to Roman times, which includes family feuds, romance and drama enough to inspire Shakespeare to lay his scenes for Romeo and Juliet there. Our selection of the best places to stay in Verona are perfectly situated to make the most of this fascinating city. They vary from great value options in the surrounding countryside to top notch luxury a stone's throw from the Arena.
Verona is an easy city to manoeuvre. Most of the highlights are in the bend in the river at the centre of the old town, around the Basilica di San Zano Maggiore. Widely regarded as Northern Italy's most magnificent Romanesque structure, this church's grand square and its red tower mean you'll never get lost. Verona's other great church is the Duomo. Built in the 12th Century, this striking, striped building has some wonderful statues.
Verona's Roman arena was built of rosy marble in the 1st century, and survived the earthquake in the 12th to stand today as the city's largest performance venue, seating 30,000. You can visit it anytime, but it's obviously more exciting if you see a performance.
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One of the most romantic spots in Verona must be Juliet's balcony. Apparently Shakespeare based his play on the real Veronese family who lived here and had a rivals with a neighbouring clan. And in those times wooing ladies from below their balconies was the way to court. For a small fee you can enter the little museum and your lady can go onto the balcony for you to photograph from the courtyard below.
One of the most romantic times to visit Verona is during the summer opera festival. The city hosts opera's biggest names in the gorgeously evocative Roman arena.
Verona is quieter in the wintertime, but still a wonderful destination, lit up, warm and welcoming. And there's plenty to do indoors. One of Verona's other great attractions is the Museo di Castelvecchio.
Firstly for the architecture: it's a pretty spectacular fortress destroyed first by Napoleon's troops and then WW2, and then 'patched up' in the 60s in a fascinating way. And also for the museum interior, including frescoes, great art, medieval artefacts and jewellery.
An ever popular destination, it is best to plan ahead if you want to bag one of the best places to stay in Verona.....they fill up pretty quickly in peak seasons.
For a city break
- If you want comfort and all mod. cons. in style, the Sogno di Giulietta is one of the best places to stay in Verona. Each of the 16 rooms has a different theme, with bathrooms getting special attention.
- For a city break on the cheap with budget-friendly accommodation, book the Hotel Academia. The rooms are elegant and generous (if a little dated) and the environment is friendly.
- If you're looking for a private spot in which to woo your Juliet, the Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistra is our recommendation. Just outside of town, this hotel is like something from The Great Gatsby, but with the twist of modern art. So it's perfect for design conscious Romeos.
- For old fashioned luxury and romance, book the Gabbia d'Oro. Staying in this palace is like staying in a luxury antique store. So a perfect choice for those who think the best places to stay in Verona must be opulent as can be.
For the Opera
- If you're here for the opera festival you can't beat the Palazzo Victoria. It's only five minutes from the arena, so close to all the treasures of the historic centre. And with a Michelin starred chef running the restaurant this is also a top choice for foodies.
Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Verona, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at all our recommendations in the Veneto.
Best Hotels in Verona
Tenuta Delo 4 rooms from $139Verona, Veneto
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.Sights nearby - Mountains of Verona, Mantua, Vicenza and the Lake Garda, Venice and PaduaViews - Each room is named after the view it providesHistoric - 14th century building with 9th century towerSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Accademia 94 rooms from $114Verona
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.City StyleSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Relais Ristori 6 rooms from $137Verona
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.Romantic BreakSights nearby - 50m from the Castelvecchio and adjacent to the Theatre RistoriRomantic - All the rooms are named after historic loversLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays
Sogno di Giulietta 16 rooms from $165Verona
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.City StyleRomantic BreakSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Escalus Suites 6 rooms from $170Verona
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.Sights nearby - Just 50m from Verona's famous ArenaRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Cinque Rooms 5 rooms from $171Verona
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 JulietSights nearby - Located in San Zeno, so close to the Arena, the Philharmonic Theater, the historic center, and the major shopping streetsDesigner - All rooms are on the ground floor and feature large windows allowing guests to look out, but no-one to look in!Romantic - Good for couples.Quirky - An experience!
Relais Fra Lorenzo 6 rooms from $223Verona
Relais Fra Lorenzo is a delightful guesthouse, looking down onto the city of Verona. It's comfortable rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed with bespoke furnishings. With the city centre within walking distance, it's the perfect quiet haven to retreat to after a day's exploring.Great walks - Lovely walks in the nearby Parco delle Colombare park.Sights nearby - Twenty minutes walk from Juliet's House in Verona.Full of characterSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Il Relais 4 rooms from $229Verona Historical Centre
Steeped in history, Il Relais is a charming B&B in the heart of Verona. Its rooms are true to its 19th century Palazzo Tommasi heritage with lush modern additions. Perfect for exploring the romantic city of Verona. For Shakespeare aficionados, it's just a short walk from Juliet's balcony.Romantic Break - The setting for the world's greatest love storySights nearby - Basilica of San Zeno and Church of St. Eufemia within ten minutes walk.Local markets - Verona's Historic Centre is home to a host of market places.
Palazzo Victoria 58 rooms from $245Verona
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.City StyleSights nearby - All of Verona's historic centre is easily accessible on foot.Lively - Hip and happening.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista 60 rooms from $249Verona, Veneto
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.Artworks - The hotel houses works by world famous contemporary artists5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.HoneymoonsRecommended by - Tablet
Gabbia d’Oro 27 rooms from $307Verona
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.Romantic BreakRomantic - Good for couples.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Hotel Villa del Quar 28 rooms from $274Verona, Veneto
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.Romantic BreakSwimming Pool - Outdoor PoolSpaRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
The Gentleman of Verona 14 rooms from $500Verona
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!Sights nearby - Just 50 yards from Castelvecchio Castle and a couple of minutes from the ArenaSpa - With sauna, hammam and massages on requestOpulentRomantic - Good for couples.