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3 essential Veronese wines to try when you’re in town

You might come to Verona for several reasons. It is one of the most romantic cities in the world, home to Romeo and Juliet’s love story. It is also unique in its ancient beauty and some even say it’s magical. You might also want to come for our football teams—although, granted, we are not precisely famous for that (go Chievo!) But what we can all agree on is that Verona, and the Veneto region, is a privileged producer of some of the finest wines in the country. So today we bring you 3 essential Veronese wines you should try before you leave.

1. Valpolicella. East of Lake Garda, the Valpolicella region has been producing wine since the Roman age. And no doubt why: this red wine is delicious! Experts say it’s fruity with notes of cherry and it is easy to pair with food. You will find it in most restaurants and wine bars of the region.



2. Amarone. If wines had a prom king, Amarone would get the crown every year. It has become one of the most appreciated Italian wines for its rare making technique. Wineries use the same grapes as for the Valpolicella wines, but Amarone grapes are left to dry, ferment and age for at least two years before bottling the wine. Word from the experts is that it’s structured, powerful, elegant and smooth, with high alcohol content. A must-drink!



3. Soave. In the prom metaphor, Soave would always be Amarone’s queen. It is one of the most consumed white wines in Italy and the most exported internationally. Soave has been produced in the region of the same name, at the East of Verona, from the middle ages. Experts say it is light, dry and savory and it is very common to drink it as an aperitif.



If you are interested in finding out more about our winery tradition, check our package Taste of Veneto to go on an exciting wine tour! Remember to always drink responsibly and come home safe to Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in Verona. Salute!

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Day Trip: The Dolomites

We consider ourselves fortunate people here in Verona. We live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Italy, but we’re also so close to the most beautiful natural settings. We have thought that we’d share a little bit of our local knowledge with you and today, we bring you a day trip proposal if you want to change the busy city streets for a more relaxed spot. The place to go is the Dolomites.

North from the Veneto region, mostly in Belluno but expanding to other provinces, the Dolomites are a part of the eastern Alps. Magical little villages and breath-taking landscapes will bring you here, but you’ll want to come back for the many activities and resources it offers:

1. Natural parks. Make sure you visit at least one of the ten natural parks that comprise the Dolomites. The Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunese is the closest to Verona and one of the most beautiful.


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2. Lakes. At the feet of Monte Civetta, the Lago di Àlleghe mirrors the spectacular peak and serves as a perfect spot for a picnic in warm weather. If you’re going by car, don’t miss the other lakes—some of them even allow water sports in the summer!

Lake at the Dolomites


3. Sports. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to hiking, climbing or mountain-biking in the summer, the Dolomites provide an excellent landscape for sports. Make the most out of your day and go early in the morning to catch the best offers.

Sports at the Dolomites


4. Food and wine. There are many villages stuffed between the peaks and rocks at the Dolomites. Falcade is one of them and seven restaurants in town are celebrating typical local food by offering special menus to couples. Meat and wild fruits, cheese from the Alps and fantastic wines—you’ll want to try it all!


Falcade village


If after all of the above you still have time in your day for more Dolomites, check out their official webpage for more information. A good night sleep will be waiting for you at Palazzo Victoria, your luxury hotel in Verona.

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Quick Cheat Sheet: Il Barbiere di Seviglia

Many consider it the best opera of all time. Certainly, it’s one of the most represented around the world. But the truth is Il Barbiere di Seviglia, or The Barber of Seville, by Giovanni Rossini, competed with other operas of the same theme when it was released and used to be less popular than, for example, Paisiello’s version. Lucky for us, Rossini’s Barber resisted the passage of time and it arrived to us exactly how we see it today.

If you’re a little bit lost about what we’re talking about, or if you’re not that fluent in opera, we’re here to help! These days, the Arena di Verona is celebrating the Opera Festival, so, if you’ve always been curious but were always too afraid to ask, here is a quick cheat sheet on Il Barbiere di Seviglia. It’s never too late to catch up!

Source: Fondazione Arena di Verona

Source: Fondazione Arena di Verona

Il Barbiere di Seviglia tells the story of Count Almaviva, a wealthy noble that is in love with beautiful maid Rosina. She is tutored by Doctor Bartolo, who intends to marry Rosina and has her locked up in his house all day. Count Almaviva desperately needs to see his lover, so he asks for the help of Figaro, the most renowned barber in Seville. Figaro will help the Count to reach Rosina by dressing up as various characters and finally, after many comings and goings, Count Almaviva and Rosina will avoid greedy Doctor Bartolo and marry each other.

A couple of fun facts to impress your friends at the opera: as we said before, Paisiello’s version of this story was far more popular back when Rossini’s Barber premiered in 1816. For instance, Paisiello’s fans organized protests to boycott opening night. But the opera was soon represented all across Europe and, in 1825, it became the first opera in Italian to be sung in New York City. And of course, if you’re intrigued by Figaro’s character, you can see what happened to him next in The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s famous opera!

Source: Fondazione Arena di Verona

Source: Fondazione Arena di Verona

You can see The Barber of Seville at the Arena di Verona on August 20 & 28 and on September 4. Make sure to book your tickets in advance! After enjoying the most stunning opera stage in the world, look forward to a good night sleep in the comfort of Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in Verona.

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The time of your life: Dirty Dancing @ the Arena

If you are an 80s kid, you will most likely remember Baby and Johnny at Kellerman’s camp. Their love story was just as thrilling as their dance scenes, and, let’s be honest, all of us wanted to be Jennifer Grey or Patrick Swayze at some point in the movie. Dirty Dancing became one of the most iconic romantic comedies ever and gave us the time of our lives. Since it’s one of our favorites too, we are so excited for this great news: Baby and Johnny are coming to town!



Next August 10th, Dirty Dancing arrives at the Arena di Verona for one night only! The classic story is staged by The Dirty Dancing Company, one of the most talented musical theater crews, under the direction of Federico Bellone. Scenery, music, dance and performances will be framed by the spectacular Arena, which will definitely enhance the whole experience. If you want to relive Baby and Johnny’s love story, don’t miss out and buy your tickets in advance.

Here at Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in Verona, we will also make sure you have the time of your life!

More information:

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3 fun facts about ‘Romeo and Juliet’ you probably didn’t know

We all know the story: young man and young lady fall in love in the magical city of Verona, rival families, impossible relationship, tragic ending. However, Romeo and Juliet is still one of the most studied and performed plays to this day. And although very little remains unexplored about the story, the characters or Shakespeare himself, there are still some mysteries to unveil.

Here are 3 fun facts about Romeo and Juliet that you probably didn’t know:

1. Shakespeare never visited Verona. Even though Romeo and Juliet meet, fall in love and die in the city, the English playwright never put a foot on the Veneto region. We have to thank him for becoming the universal city of love.

2. Juliet’s house in Verona is filled with love notes from tourists. The number of love notes that visitors leave on every corner of the house is so big, that the authorities need to clean it up. They usually do it twice a year: on Valentine’s Day and on September 17, Juliet’s birthday. There is also a message wall, where visitors can scribble their love wishes—just like the one we have at Palazzo Victoria!

Sources: (Left) Salvatore Falcone - (Right) Umberto Rambone -

Sources: (Left, Juliet’s house) Salvatore Falcone (Right, Palazzo Victoria) Umberto Rambone

 3. The famous balcony doesn’t appear in Shakespeare’s play. In the 16th Century, the theatrical scenery was so poor that the location was described by actors, and a balcony would’ve been very difficult to represent. Nevertheless, subsequent stagings of the play did include the balcony and made it so famous, that it had to be added to Juliet’s house in Verona at the beginning of the 20th Century.

After you fall in love with Romeo and Juliet, come and fall for Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in Verona. Your romantic holiday is made!

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Four Special Surprises this Summer at Palazzo Victoria

Summer holidays are made to rest and enjoy. After work and stress, your body needs a good dose of relaxation to reboot and reenergize. Maybe you are the kind of traveler that loves running around the city exploring every monument and museum. Perhaps you are the laid-back type that prefers plentiful meals and long naps. In either case, at Palazzo Victoria we’ve decided it’s our top priority to make you enjoy and remember your time in Verona, regardless of the sort of traveler that you are. And in order to do so, we are starting new plans and activities to make your holidays unforgettable!

Here is a brief sneak peek of the four packages we’re cooking for you:

If you have a soft spot for Italian cuisine, you’ll enjoy Gourmet. You will experience a culinary journey through the streets of Verona, which will end at one of the most exclusive restaurants in town. Of course, our own Borsari36 will also be a key scenario on this foodie trip!

Taste of Veneto will please the most demanding palates. Discover the ancient techniques behind rice fields and wine cellars, where some of the most delicious Italian products are made. We’ll treat you to a wine tasting, while you enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes of the Veneto.

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Romeo and Juliet are still one of the main attractions of the city. And we know why—Verona is the perfect place to fall in love! Charming Tour will give you a guided tour of Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, as well as inviting you to an aperitif with Valpolicella wines and a real VIP treatment.

But if you’re here for an authentic cultural immersion, The Italian Drama will take you to the ideal place to go: the Opera. You’ll get two tickets for central seats at the Arena, a breathtaking scenario for amazing performances, and you’ll enjoy dinner at Borsari36.

Keep tuned to find out more about our special packages. More details are yet to come! Here at Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in Verona, we will make sure that your holidays are memorable.

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Enjoy the best summer festival in Verona

We bring good news for the stage lovers staying with us this summer! This year’s Estate Teatrale Veronese, one of the biggest theatrical events in the Veneto, promises to be an exciting one. The event, which launched its 67th edition on June 18th, will hold fifty nights of prose and dance until August 14th in the Teatro Romano, the Teatro Camploy and the Teatro Laboratorio.



The Teatro Romano will hold a tribute to William Shakespeare, with the staging of Rosencratz and Guilderstern are dead, by Tom Stoppard (July 2nd, 3rd and 4th), and The Taming of the Shrew, produced by the Pirandellianna (from July 22nd to 26th). Guests will also be able to enjoy Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s I Rusteghi (July 9th to 14th), as well as the surprising Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (July 17th and 18th) and the local Balletto dell’Arena de Verona (August 14th), among many other performances.

Verona will be bursting with cultural life these days, so we highly recommend that you get your schedule organized! From Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in the city, we will make our best for you to enjoy your stay.

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Summer Agenda: stay busy in Verona

This is going to be a busy summer in Verona! From Palazzo Victoria, we want you to make the most out of your holidays and enjoy the activities the city offers while staying with us. Clear your schedule and take a close look at the agenda for the upcoming months!


Monday 6 – Spandau Ballet (Arena)
Wednesday 8 – Tiziano Ferro (Stadio Bentegodi)
Saturday 11 – Litfiba (Castello di Villafranca di Verona)
Friday 17 – Fedez (Castello di Villafranca di Verona)
Monday 20 – Santana (Arena)
Thursday 23 – Negrita (Castello di Villafranca di Verona)
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 – Verona Harley Festival (Harley Davidson Verona)
Thursday 30 – Damien Rice (Castello di Villafranca)
Friday 31 – J-Ax (Castello di Villafranca di Verona)


Monday 10 – Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage (Arena)
Monday 31 – Dear Jack (Arena)


Saturday 5 – David Garrett (Teatro Romano)
Monday 7 – Fiorella Mannoia (Arena)
Saturday 12 – Ennio Morricone (Arena)
Monday 14 – David Gilmour (Arena)
Wednesday 16 to Friday 19 – Eros Ramazzotti (Arena)
Monday 21 – Il Volo (Arena)
Tuesday 22 – Francesco De Gregori (Arena)



Palazzo Victoria, your favorite hotel in Verona, hopes to see you (and have you) soon!

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Have fun and get involved in Verona with ‘Nutrimentum’

In the context of the Expo Milano 2015, whose slogan is “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, many interesting activities are taking place all around Italy. Actually, one of them is taking place now in Verona:  “Nutrimentum. L’arte alimenta l’uomo” combines art and science with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of worldwide nutrition, present and future.




If you’re staying at Palazzo Victoria these days or if you’re thinking of spending part of your summer holidays with us, you can drop by il Museo di Storia Naturale, il Museo di Castelvecchio or even by la Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti. You can then take a look at the different approaches to the topic by the great ensemble of international artists and scientists taking part in the project.

As a multicultural, modern and cosmopolitan town, Verona invites you to raise your awareness until August 30th. Enjoy getting involved while having fun in our company!

If you wish to get more information on the exhibiton, please visit: (in Italian language)


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Music legends at l’Arena this summer

Verona is famous for the summer Opera Festival, which this year is to run from June 19th until September 6th. But l’Arena is a versatile space and its magic makes of every show something really special.

If you’re planning to stay in Verona -or any place near- soon, you might want to know that some of the hottest international artists are visiting the town this summer… some of them true music legends, as you can see next:

Monday, June 29th, 9 pm. – Kiss (This’ll be their only show in Italy)

Monday, July 6th, 9 pm. – Mumford & Sons

Monday, July 20th, 9 pm. – Spandau Ballet

Monday, August 10th, 9 pm. – Carlos Santana

Monday, August 31st, 9 pm. – Dirty Dancing (The show on stage)

Monday, September 14th, 9 pm. – Ennio Morricone

From Palazzo Victoria, your luxury hotel in Verona, we invite you to get the most of a town filled with romanticism, good music and fun. Book your room now to get the best rates at

You can also contact us at +39 045 596 50 or at

You deserve a summer holiday you’ll remember forever!  

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