In Fair Verona where we lay our scene.…
Almost 500 years ago, Shakespeare chose Verona as the backdrop for one of the most famous love stories in the world. This picturesque Italian city remains a popular destination for modern-day lovers wanting to immerse in the romance and beauty of this fair city of Verona. And, as this is the month of love, it is the perfect time to share our picks to visit when in this city of love.
Stay in Love
Our pick of the most romantic place to stay in the city is the Grand Relais – The Gentleman of Verona. Located in the heart of the city only a short walk from the main piazza and Juliet’s infamous balcony, this sixteenth-century residence offers luxury boutique accommodation, fine cuisine and international 5-star services. The hotel has maintained an old world charm but with modern updates, immaculate décor and beautifully designed spacious rooms. With a matchless location and exquisitely tasteful Italian style, this place is perfect as a romantic base from which to explore the city. For extra romance ask to stay in the Star room, the La Stanza delle Stelle. Featuring original stucco work and a 16th-century fresco along with fine antique furnishings this room could be the scene of a Shakespearean romance.
When you are ready to dine, The Casa Perbellini on the Piazza San Zeno is the place to take that someone special for an evening of romance, wine and Michelin star dining. The chef Giancarlo Perbellini cooks in an open kitchen thus removing any barrier between him and his guests, making his kitchen the stage in a spectacular dining experience. Reservations are essential as this is an intimate dining experience with only a few tables.
The Romance of Perfume
In the centre of Verona you will find the Merchant of Venice. A famous shop dedicated to the art perfumery with a luxury line of Italian perfumes made in Venice and named after the famous play. Enter the shop through a beautiful doorway and into a showroom of Italian hickory wood, that embodies the romance of the Italian merchants bringing spices and goods from exotic places. The shop is infused with culture, luxury and the traditions of Venice; maps of the “mude” trade routes, rich wallpaper and soft carpeting combined with ornate tables displaying Murano glass decanters filled with exotic smelling perfumes. You will fall in love with this little shop and the Merchant’s divine scents of romance.
Wine, liquid romance
No visit to this region would be complete without a wine tasting. The Villa Mosconi Bertani located 30 minutes out of the city is our pick of the place to savour the experience of wine tasting in the heart of this romantic region. The Villa and gardens have stood here since the 1700s and the cellars even longer. Famous as the birthplace of the Amarone Wine, visitors are welcome to join guided tours of the estate including the Romanticism inspired gardens, the Amarone and Valpolicella vineyards as well as the historical cellars. Then relax while meeting with the wine-makers and tasting some of the estate grown wines.
Follow the Romance To Juliet’s Balcony
Of course, no visit to Verona would be complete without visiting one of the iconic sites inspired by the story of Romeo and Juliet. The most famous of these is the Casa di Giulietta, the home of the tragic Juliet Capulet and featuring the balcony where the imagined scene of Romeo declaring is love could have happened. A busy touristic place, but worth a quick visit to say you have been.
Soak in the Romance of the past
The historical Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, with their colourfully frescoed and lace-like facades are a short stroll from the famous balcony and are the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the ever-present romance of this city. Sitting outside one of the many cafes and restaurants on the piazza in the warm Italian sun with a glass of the local wine is the perfect way to relax at sunset with that special someone in the dreamy glow that makes Verona the Italian city of Romance.