Romance, Renaissance-style, might begin with a 14th century palace within pebble-throwing distance from the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet. The City of Verona is not Shakespeare’s alone. The spot that has been the muse of historians and poets is now the second city to bear the stamp of Veronese Marcello Pigozzo. The master visionary for “Il Salviatino” in Florence is giving a March opening to the Palazzo Victoria in Verona.
As with the legendary Il Salviatino, the Palazzo Victoria is steeped in history. The stunning palace was built at the cusp of the 14th century, possibly as a palace, possibly as a modest castle or stately doge’s home, but most assuredly as an emblem of endurance on a site of what was once Roman ruins.
Palazzo Victoria now sits as a living museum replete with 70 restored rooms and suites designed in the careful traditions of Verona aesthetics: high ceilings, textured tapestry wall coverings, antique furnishings, fine fabrics and high thread count linens, and large shuttered windows looking onto trendy Corso Porta Borsari.
While rooms here are the stuff of dreams, they are built on cultures stretching back through civilization for more than two Millennia. Guests get their history — and their comforts, too:
• 24-hr room service
• Air conditioning
• Stocked Mini bar
• Satellite TV
• Fitness room area
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Laundry Service
Bistros and espresso shops line the narrow historic streets of Corso Porta Borsari just outside the property. But guests enjoy the casual-chic Brasserie of Palazzo Victoria and consider it address enough for regional cuisine prepared for all the day’s meals by the property’s Michelin-starred Chef, Carmine Caló.
Palazzo Victoria has the benefit location in the center of Verona — a city of thousands of years and thousands of words. The palace sits in the shadow of the Arena amphitheatre, a Roman gem of standing ruins often used as a mesmerizing backdrop for operas and concerts. Nearby, find Lake Garda, surrounded by pine forested hills and some of the world’s most extravagant geo-thermal spa resorts. Sample the local Valpolicella wines, potent enough to help many a poet find his voice. Fortify with an aperitif at Piazza Bra, Piazza delle Erbe, or Piazza dei Signori. Then wander the preserved ruins of modern civilization amid such museums as the Romanic and Palladian arts and Castelvecchio.
A stay in Verona is by default an immersion in layers of history, pages of literature, and moments in lost time. Let Palazzo Victoria be the textural binder of that experience, as the hardbound preserved, aromatic covers of an old book well read.
Via Adua, 8, 37121
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