Monday, June 16, 2014

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO ITALY, part 3, Verona

Neil Bedford's Italian journey takes him on to Verona to appreciate both ancient and latter day Veronese culture, with its vibrant enjoyment of life. He also reviews a well situated hotel....

You can trace his journey in previous blogs. Neil, our Product Director, travelled first from Rome by train to Tuscany. From Verona he continues to glorious Venice...

VERONA

The beautiful old city of Verona is particularly stunning. Plenty of piazzas, cobbled streets and incredible views of the surrounding river and hills at almost every turn. Equally enjoyable is that the place still feels really ‘local’. At aperitivo time all the Veronese are out in force in the bars, cafes and piazzas and the atmosphere is really special. The Veronese are very proud of their local cuisine and there are an uncountable number of tapas-style cafes and bars as well as traditional trattorias – just wandering the streets and popping in for a bite and a drink is a great way to sightsee. 

Beautiful Verona
On the river
There are numerous historical sights around the city where you can get your culture fix; the most famous is the Romeo & Juliet balcony, though more impressive are the Verona Arena, the Duomo and the old castle. In the summer, opera and other concerts are performed at the arena and it is a must to book ahead for this unique experience.

Two nights will suffice for a city break with a difference; or combine with Florence, Venice or Milan .



The Verona Arena

PALAZZO VICTORIA

A wonderful location right beside the ancient walled entrance to the city. The building itself dates back to the 14th century and the hotel incorporates much of the original Veronese d├ęcor while combining with some unique art deco touches. We recommend the suites with their dramatic high ceilings, wrap around iron balconies and in-room antiquities. The hotel features an internal garden with columns and courtyard furniture which gives plenty of natural light and an al-fresco ambience.

Quirky interiors at the bar

Victoria suite




How to get to Palazzo Victoria by train and car

The hotel is just 5 minutes by taxi from the station and 15 minutes from Verona airport (Catullo, Villafranca). A car transfer from Venice airport takes 1 hr 10 mins, from Milan Malpensa airport 1 hr 40 mins, from Florence 2 hrs 20 mins. On his Italian journey Neil took a road transfer from Il Borro to Florence (1 hr) and then train (2 hrs) to Verona.

Next time Neil continues to Venice...

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