Ask a local about Verona and they’ll probably tell you that it’s all about three things: love, music, and art. The city is famous for being Shakespeare’s theater Romeo and Juliet It is one of Italy’s largest cultural centers, so much so that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s especially vibrant during the summer, when the city comes alive with weekly operas at the Verona Arena and a range of exhibitions, plays, and concerts at the Roman Theatre. And as of last month, wealthy travelers looking for luxury digs while 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. Just minutes from Juliet’s house, Piazza del Erbe, the street of Via Mazzini packed with shops, and the square, it’s an excellent location for exploring. But once you enter, you are transported away to a quiet haven that feels world away from the hustle and bustle.
Each of the 16 accommodations, 13 of which are suites, is uniquely appointed; They are distinguished by their color palette; It is a true celebration of Italian design, with materials and furnishings sourced from local businesses and artisans. Most deluxe rooms have a stand-alone bathtub and walk-in rain shower and are outfitted with comfy Simmons mattresses, but it’s the details that really make them shine. Above the bed, you’ll find handwoven masterpieces from Dedar, a 1976 family-run fabric home, while the custom upholstery is by Minotti Collezioni. The gorgeous bathrooms are decked out in marble—purchased from all over Italy, including Sardinia, Tuscany, and Lombardy—in various shades, including green, slate gray, and orange, and outfitted with plush towels in monograms by Revolta Carmenani, naturalist J. and C. Cosmetici toiletries, a vase of eucalyptus and lace leaves lay on the sink. It looked like a house, and a very well decorated house, at the time.
Above you will find a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the city. Stop for an apertivo, then go down the stairs to the hotel’s restaurant, Sottovoce, where a Milanese chef highlights ingredients found in the Veneto region. There is also a robust wine cellar with 150 different brands, mostly from the region, but with at least one wine representing each region of Italy plus some French options as well.
But no stay at Vista Palazzo Verona would be complete without a visit to the full-service spa. Subterranean Oasis uses Biologique Recherche products, which are arguably some of the best on the market. There are standard treatment rooms, but if you really want to pamper yourself, book the private spa suite, 484 square feet complete with a sauna and whirlpool with built-in chairs. Additional amenities in this serene enclave include a Turkish bath, an experiential shower with five settings, an ice fountain, and an indoor pool with hydromassage tub where you’ll also find an ancient Roman well built into the wall.
During your time here, be sure to also take advantage of the experiences they have to offer. Palazzo Maffei, a private gallery that establishes a dialogue between classical and contemporary art, is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, but guests of the Vista Palazzo Verona can access it privately on weekdays. The hotel can also arrange wine tours to nearby vineyards, as well as excursions to Lake Garda. And if you want a quick day trip to Milan for world-class shopping or Venice to see the canals, they are just over an hour away by train.
For more information or to book a room, visit the Vista Palazzo Verona website.