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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:
- Sogno di Giulietta - a hugely romantic choice in the centre of Verona. Jacuzzi baths come as standard and breakfast is served in your room!
- Gabbia d'Oro - small luxury hotel in Verona with quirky touches and most of the rooms are suites.
- Hotel Accademia - slightly dated Verona hotel that has a trusty band of followers. Perfect position for shopping and just minutes on foot from the arena.
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.
For fabulous food book into:
- Villa Abbazia - the perfect place for gourmets: both its restaurants have Michelin stars and the wine list is extensive. The rooms are tasteful too!
- Hotel Villa del Quar - luxury manor house hotel dating back to the 16th Century. Beautiful interiors and superb food, and handsome grounds with pool.
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.
For the best places to stay in Veneto for a rural escape try:
- Hotel Villa Cipriani - a renaissance villa in a wonderfully romantic setting.
- Albergo al Sole - Comfortable country inn with a very warm welcome and great views.
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.
Best Hotels in Veneto
Canonici di San Marco 4 rooms from £105VE, Veneto
Uber-luxe, eco-friendly tented experience within easy reach of Venice. African style tents are elegant and sophisticated with antiques and creatively designed furniture in natural materials. Smart bathrooms combine rustic woods with ceramic baths. A stay amidst nature with all the mod-cons.Romantic Break - Large, totally luxurious tented accommodation with four-posters and huge bathroomsLocal exploring - Ideally located in the Venetian countryside close by to Padua, Treviso and VeniceEco break - A model of eco tourism, this hotel has structures with zero environmental impactGreat walks - Lovely hikes in the countryside
I Tamasotti 6 rooms from £96Mezzane, Veneto
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.Hideaway - Only 6 rooms, surrounded by vineyards, this is a peaceful break, with beautiful Verona a short drive, and plenty of cycle routesGreat walks - Around nearby Lake GardaSights nearby - Less than 20km to VeronaRestrictions on children - Children over 5 welcome
Villa Barberina 6 rooms from £154Valdobbiadene, Veneto
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.Wine tasting - Taste the owners' prosecco and visit lots of local wineries nearby.Great walks - Plenty of lovely walking for all abilities at Pianezze, just 15 mins awaySights nearby - AsoloLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani 95 rooms from £988Venice
This luxurious 5* hotel enjoys a wonderful location on Giudecca Island, just outside Venice. With elegant interiors throughout, opulent rooms and suites, a large garden to relax in, tennis courts and a swimming pool. A sophisticated choice for a special trip away!Total relaxation - Enjoy Guidecca Island's tranquil atmosphere, relax by the pool during the day or take advantage of the extensive spa facilitiesHoneymoons - With a gorgeous location, beautiful rooms, a range of facilities and world-class service this is a great honeymoon spotRomantic Break - Luxurious rooms, daily gondola trips around Venice and candelit evening dinners together-a perfect romantic getaway!City Style - Get to know Giudecca Island or make use of the hotel's own private boat service to explore Venice
Villa Franceschi 25 rooms from £126Venice, Veneto
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.City Style - Best of both worlds from this hotel, with the serene countryside, yet Venice and all it's art just 10km awaySights nearby - illa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari, Villa Valmarana at Mira, and Vetrego ChurchGreat walks - Villa Franceschi is surrounded by a park of 33 thousand square metersRomantic - Good for couples.
Palazzo Victoria 58 rooms from £188Verona
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
Villa Margherita 19 rooms from £88Venice, Veneto
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.Local exploring - With Venice just a short water-bus ride away, enjoy the peace of this riverside hotel with the ease of sightseeingGreat walks - Hotel surrounded by parks and open spacesCooking classes - With Chef Remigio Dal CorsoSights nearby - Venice is 15km away
Dimora del Bugiardo 16 rooms from £67San 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.Great walks - Good walking routes nearbySights nearby - Arena di VeronaFull of characterViews - Great views from hotel
Hotel Accademia 94 rooms from £88Verona
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 StyleTraditionalSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Sogno di Giulietta 16 rooms from £126Verona
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.Traditional
Hotel Dei Chiostri 15 rooms from £123Follina 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.Foodies - A bistro and fantastic restaurant, plenty of Prosecco.Luxury - Stunning interiors and all the mod cons.Garden - Immersed in the prosecco vineyards.Romantic Break
La Finestra Sul Fiume 5 rooms from £123Valeggio 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.Active HolidayTotal relaxationViews - All rooms have lovely views over the gardens and riverTraditionalRecommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Gabbia d’Oro 27 rooms from £236Verona
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.TraditionalSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Tenuta Delo 4 rooms from £107Verona, 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
Villa Cordevigo 23 rooms from £162Cavaion 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.Sights nearby - The perfect base from which to explore both Lake Garda and Verona.Full of characterSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSpaRecommended by - Tablet
Villa Abbazia 18 rooms from £184Follina, Veneto
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.Restaurant - 2 restuarants, both with Michelin stars.Country EscapeFoodiesFamiliesRecommended by - Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
Meltar Boutique Hotel 19 rooms from £176Veneto
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.Great walks - A wide choice of very romantic and fascinating tracks, some very panoramic settings, and of varying difficultyViews - Lovely views over the surrounding woodlandCooking classes - Meltar Boutique Hotel Cooking SchoolKayaking - River BrentaRecommended by - Tablet
Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista 60 rooms from £191Verona, 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
Il Relais 4 rooms from £175Verona 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.Traditional
Hotel Villa Cipriani 22 rooms from £184Asolo, Veneto
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.Romantic BreakLocal markets - Good for local colour.Romantic - Good for couples.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Albergo al Sole 20 rooms from £105Asolo, Veneto
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.Country EscapeCooking classes - Check for timings.Great walks - Good for walkers.TraditionalRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Villa del Quar 28 rooms from £211Verona, 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
Ca del Bosco 12 rooms from £126Santa 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.Families - Plenty of activities for all the family, from skiing, mountain biking and walking. Larger suites are perfect for familiesGroups - Hotel can organise group walking, hiking and climbing tours for large or small groupsGreat walks - Alte Vie have been created specifically for trekkers and hikersViews - Marmolada Mountain and UNSECO Dolomites
Relais Fra Lorenzo 6 rooms from £171Verona
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
Escalus Suites 6 rooms from £131Verona
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
Splendid Venice 165 rooms from £434Venice
A historic hotel, set canal-side in the centre of the city. Elegant rooms are traditionally dressed with rich hues, patterned wallpaper and antiques. A fabulous restaurant serves exemplary regional dishes and specialises in seafood. The perfect choice for a quintessentially Venetian stay.Local exploring - A chic hotel in the heart of the city with access directly from the canal.Sailing - Discover the city in the traditional manner, by gonola.Sights nearby - Visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel L'Orologio 43 rooms from £439Venice (30125 Sestriere San Polo)
Hotel L'Orologio, situated right next to the Grand Canal, is only a short walk from some of the city's most famous sights. The hotel has designer rooms decorated in typically Venetian materials and colours, and all rooms come with a private bathroom as well as a satellite TV. A chic city break.City Style - Located right next to the Grand Canal in Venice, a perfect location from which to explore the cityLocal exploring - La Fenice, Piazza San Marco and Basilica San Marco are all located less than a mile awaySights nearby - Sights such as the Santa Maria Formosa Square and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are only a short distance awayLocal markets - Rialto market is only a minute away!
Tenuta Le Cave 13 rooms from £118Verona, Veneto
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.Good wine list - Located in its own vineyard, Tenuta le Cave offers an array of its own and other local winesFull of character - The Horse Suite is decorated all things equine, with an old jumping frame for the bed and saddles for the bedside tablesSpa - Including a salt cave, Turkish baths, a sauna, treatment rooms and a relaxation roomSights nearby - Historic and beautiful Milan, Verona and Venice are not too far to visit
Cinque Rooms 5 rooms from £132Verona
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!
Corte Guastalla 6 rooms from £132Sona, 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.Sights nearby - Lake Garda and Verona are both only 12km away - the largest Italian lake and the city of art - a UNESCO World Heritage SiteSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolRemote - Off the beaten track.Back to Nature
The Gentleman of Verona 14 rooms from £384Verona
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.
Maso di Villa 6 rooms from £123Collalto (Treviso), Veneto
A charming country house hotel surrounded by vineyards. Unique rooms with vintage style textiles, wrought-iron beds and hillside views. Breakfast served in the beautiful garden with outdoor pool to cool off in. A laid-back choice for a romantic country escape.Romantic Break - Miles of vineyards and with charming ancient villages and fortified castles nearbyCountry Escape - Cycling on the Prosecco road, recognized as the most popular route in the Veneto.Local markets - Antiques markets in Vittorio Veneto and in OderzoCooking classes - Arte Culinaria specialising in Veneto cuisine
Locanda San Verolo 12 rooms from £171Costermano, 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.Restaurant - Recommended.Great walks - Explore the the medieval village of San Verolo and surrounding countryside.Sailing - Sailing courses can be booked at the Garda Naval LeagueSwimming Pool - Two outdoor pools: one for adults, one for children
Relais Ristori 6 rooms from £105Verona
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
Agriturismo al Segnavento 5 rooms from £69Venice, Veneto
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.Families - Ideal for families, with big rooms, working farm activities for children, horse riding and walksSights nearby - 15 minute drive from Venice’s city centreGreat walks - Through the surrounding farm landsTraditional