Have you ever been to Verona? If not, then you really shouldn’t miss this charming Italian city, there is so much to see and do here. Lake Garda and wine country are nearby and the centre of Verona is very picturesque. One of the most conveniently located and historic hotels is Palazzo Victoria on Via Adua. It’s next to one of the most luxurious shopping streets, Corso Porto Borsari and a short walk to the Roman Arena and Juliet’s House. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Our trip to Verona and Palazzo Victoria was arranged with award-winning Classic Collection Holidays. They’re a luxury tour operator with some great worldwide destinations, and have been organizing holidays to Italy since 2003. They sent our tickets, a Veneto area guide book and hand-written baggage tags far in advance. We also liked the fact that they gave us a 24 hour emergency contact number and the details of their travel representative. Everything went smoothly on our trip but it’s always good to have peace of mind!
Palazzo Victoria is an imposing former palace, with Roman ruins in the basement yet some fun touches like a pair of ceramic dogs guarding the entrance.
Inside, you’ll discover a replica of the love wall at Juliet’s house, with the added benefit of no crowds! There’s a colourful central atrium, leading to the bar and lifts to the bedrooms. Our check-in was really quick and easy, and the helpful staff gave us a few tips on what to see in the local area as well as a map.
Accommodation at Palazzo Victoria
We made our way up to our room on the second floor, which was light and airy with high ceilings contributing to the sense of space.
At the rear of the building overlooking a rooftop, it was really quiet and we got an excellent night’s sleep. The bed was very comfy and we appreciated the super-soft pillows. There are 74 rooms in all and several suites available.
The marble bathroom had that classic Italian style and was well equipped with toiletries and a hair dryer.
We were kindly given some olive oil to take home, which was a nice surprise. There were some interesting books on the local area and as part of the turn-down service, one of them was placed on our bed and opened to a different page each evening.
Around the hotel
There are lots of reception rooms to relax in, and you can view the Roman ruins from the round central Plexiglass dome. The contemporary sofas are by Gaetano Pesce, a well-known Italian designer.
The cosy Victoria Lounge e Café serves great cocktails and fine wine. It’s a great place to enjoy an aperitivo.
Guests can enjoy a game of billiards in one of the bar areas…
or relax in several tranquil courtyards. You can dine in this 14th century courtyard in Summertime and it’s as popular with the locals as it is with hotel guests.
There’s even a hair salon, accessible via the hotel or from the street, in case you fancy a freshen-up.
Dining at Palazzo Victoria
We were fortunate to experience brunch at Palazzo Victoria, a unique concept where diners move around different rooms, tasting new dishes in each one…
It’s open to non-residents and we’d highly recommend it. Things kicked off in style with a tasting of Zamuner sparkling wine. Palazzo Victoria had invited Mr Zamuner himself to meet guests and introduce them to his exceptional wines. Most Italian producers use Chardonnay grapes however he uses a majority of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, giving them a similar taste to champagne. All of his wines are vintage, having been aged for over 6 years at his estate between Lake Garda and Verona.
The wine went perfectly with a selection of the freshest sushi, seafood and vegetables. We particularly enjoyed the cheese section, where a very knowledgeable staff member encouraged us to try the chocolate flavoured cheese and many other delicacies…and in case you’re wondering, the chocolate cheese was very good!
There was a cool street food section and a superb array of desserts.
Breakfast at Palazzo Victoria is equally impressive, served at Borsari 36. It’s an open kitchen design where you can see Chef Carmine Calò and his team at work. There’s a huge selection of fresh vegetables, salmon, cereals, meat and cheese and you can order hot dishes like a perfectly cooked omelette.
We’d definitely choose to stay at Palazzo Victoria if revisiting Verona. The perfect location, helpful staff and delicious food really stand out. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got Romeo and Juliet to catch up on 😉
In association with Classic Collection Holidays