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29
Oct

Urban legend: Arena Di Verona

Halloween is just around the corner and keeping this in mind we want to show you Verona from a different prospective.

One of the most visited places in our city is the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona): a stunning amphitheater that is internationally famous for the opera performances given there and being the third largest roman amphitheater. It was built in 1st century, but there are some urban legends about it.

Source: ilmeglioditalia.blogspot.com

Source: ilmeglioditalia.blogspot.com

One of the legends tells the history of a very rich man in the city that was imprisoned and sentenced to death. On the eve of the execution, it is told that he received a visit from the Devil in his cell with a strange advice: since Verona had a big desire to have a huge theater, the man would have had to build one to gain freedom.

The prisoner remarked that there was no man capable of building such thing in the short time of one night, so he felt into the Devil’s trap: he would have one thousand demons working on building the theater in return of the man’s soul.

The man started regretting the agreed deal so he turned desperately to the Holy Virgin to ask her forgiveness, and spent his last night praying and regretting. Shortly before dawn, while the demons were about to finish the amphitheater, the bells of the Angelus pierced the sky. Because of the sincere repentance and faith of the man, the Virgin was touched and sent her angels to stop the demons’ work.

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierofix/

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierofix/

A huge amphitheater was standing in the city, stunning but unfinished, that established the defeat of the Devil, the realization of the desire of Verona and the liberation of the rich man.

If you want to know more urban legends like this one, we will be waiting you in Palazzo Victoria!

 

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23
Oct

3 Parks you shouldn´t miss this season

Autumn is one of the best seasons to walk around the city and really enjoy it. The cold weather is just arriving and all the green of the trees are turning into a beautiful orange. This is the perfect time to grab your coat and enjoy the outside before the winter comes; here we present you our top 3 parks around Verona:

  1. Giardini di Piazza Arsenale

This park located in a closed area between a fountain and a monumental building, provides you a perfect place to just sit, relax and enjoy the view with the tall and amazing trees. Giardini di Piazza Arsenale offers a wide range of services: from lots of seating places to disabled spots. There are special volunteers that take care of the park and are in charge of the playground area, so you can go there with the kids that will also love it.

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Source: www.weagoo.com

  1. Giardini Raggio di Sole

It is located via Circonvallazione Raggio di Sole, at the south of the old town. This park is now more beautiful than ever thanks to new decorations with season flowers that will make your time there even more pleasant. There is a paradise for kids at the playground, with all kinds of sliders and volunteers taking care of them. You can´t miss this park if you are interested in seeing a munitions dump from 1836.

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- Source: www.cree-europe.com

  1. Giardini Giusti

Palazzo Giusti´s park is an Italian garden from the 15th century. It is filled with beautiful ornaments that make it really attractive and interesting. You will find a maze, a cave, a path full of tall trees and all kinds of other amazing things full of inspiration. For centuries, this park has been considered one of the most beautiful things to visit in the city, so make sure you don’t miss it.

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Source: www.sabait.it

After enjoying a beautiful day, walking and relaxing, we will be waiting for you at the Palazzo Victoria!

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15
Oct

Hostaria: Food & Wine Experience

If we’re proud of something in Italy, it’s our food and wine—specially this time of year, when we are in the middle of vendemmia, the grape harvest. This weekend in Verona, we’re celebrating both in Hostaria, a wine festival and gourmet experience for the most demanding palates.

This weekend, from the 16th through the 18th, more than 80 wineries will be in charge of delighting your taste buds. You will be able to try more than 300 wines from all over the Veneto region: from Valpolicellas to Soaves. Along a path winding through the town’s historic downtown, you can become active protagonists of the festival by deciding to “follow the path” and taste the wines offered by participating wine cellars.

Hostaria Verona Palazzo Victoria

Source: http://www.hostariaverona.com

To go with them, make sure you try the food from the stands that will be offering risotto all’isolana, tortellini di Valeggio, typical Italian polentine and other artisan pasta. The foodie paradise will be completed by several activities taking place at the venue. Poets, art exhibitions, painters, musicians… will all perform at Hostaria. Oh! And if you’re visiting Verona with the kids, the event also has activities planned for them!

After a long day of Veronese food and wine, get a good night sleep at Palazzo Victoria!

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8
Oct

Ice Has Never Been So Hot: Intimissimi On Ice

We all love the thrill and amazement of pirouettes and jumps. If it’s on a daring situation, it becomes even greater. Intimissimi On Ice promises to bring all of that to the Arena di Verona this Friday 9 and Saturday 10!

 

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Source: http://www.geticket.it/

Named one of the most beautiful galas on ice of the last three years, Intimissimi On Ice has invented the concept of OperaPop, a combination of opera and the best pop music. Skaters, fashion figures, big projections and special effects are mixed to bring to life one of the most beautiful shows that the Arena is holding this season. The performance also has a very special guest this time, international artist Ellie Goulding.

 

Friday and Saturday will surely be exciting—we’re not missing Intimissimi On Ice! If, like us, you’re dying to see some award-winning skating and listening to top-notch music, make sure to book your tickets in advance. After a thrilling performance, come home to Palazzo Victoria and tell us your impressions!

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1
Oct

Opera & Art Déco: Tamara de Lempicka

Many artists have had struggles throughout their lives and many don’t get the recognition their artwork deserves in their lifetime. Maybe because she’s more contemporary, maybe because not everyone is a fan of Art Déco, Tamara de Lempicka is one of those artists. Her beautiful painting, her female nudes and her original portraits reveal a sensitivity that few other of her colleagues had at the time. Now, from September 20, 2015, to January 31, 2016, Verona is hosting an exhibition solely dedicated to Lempicka.

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If you’re coming to Verona this fall, you can’t miss this monographic. It will be located at the piano salon at the Palazzo Forti, which serves as headquarters for the AMO Arena Museo Opera. The exhibition revolves around Lempicka’s portrayal of more than 200 operas through oils, designs, photography, watercolors, videos… The artwork records the genre in chronological order, from Parisian operas of the 1930s, to the latest productions of the 50s.

Source: http://lamonomagazine.com

Source: http://lamonomagazine.com

Being the fans of opera we are here in Verona, we encourage you deeply to take a look at this wonderful and exquisite exhibition. You won’t be disappointed on the Polish artist! After a day of art, we’ll be waiting for you at Palazzo Victoria.

More information: http://www.comune.verona.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=48944

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24
Sep

Day Trip: Villa Dionisi

One of the many wonders of Verona is the variety of landscapes it offers. Whether you’re a mountain person, a sea lover or you’re the urban type, you will never be bored in this town. Now that autumn is coming, you might be in the mood for some quiet countryside retreat to rest from the hectic city life. Our getaway suggestion for the weekend is one of the most beautiful villas in the region: Villa Dionisi.

Source: http://www.matrimonio.com

Source: http://www.matrimonio.com

Just a 20 minute drive from Verona, Villa Dionisi is surrounded by stunning gardens and nature. It is a typical Venetian villa from the 18th century, which belonged to the Dionisi family. The Dionisis were rich nobles who decided to exploit the cultivation of rice and built their family mansion in Cerea to have a tighter control over the lands. The result was a magnificent villa, turned into a museum, in which you will have the opportunity to witness wonderful frescoes and tapestries. You will be amazed at the paintings by Veronese artist Giuseppe Montanari and decorator Nicola Marcola. The alcove in particular is an astonishing example of interior design. Also make sure you don’t miss the library and the portico!

Source: http://www.villadionisi.com

Source: http://www.villadionisi.com

You can visit Villa Dionisi for free every Friday, from 9am to 12pm. After getting all the fresh air you need, come back to the heart of Verona at Palazzo Victoria!

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