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4
Mar

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.

Source: http://winewitandwisdomswe.com/

Source: http://winewitandwisdomswe.com/

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!

Source: lorenzovinci.ilgiornale.it

Source: lorenzovinci.ilgiornale.it

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.

Source: http://enolavigna.com

Source: http://enolavigna.com

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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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.

tamara

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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15
Sep

Child’s Play: Tocatì International Festival

Do you have fond memories of your childhood? We do. Sometimes we even miss being kids and playing around all day. There are still opportunities to pamper our inner child though. Some indulge in candy, cartoons and their mother’s home-made food. But events like the one happening in Verona next weekend will certainly make your 10-year-old inner self rub its hands with excitement!

Tocati Festival Internazionale dei Giochi di Strada

Source: TripAdvisor

The city will come alive from September 17 to 20 with the Tocatì, the International Festival of Street Games. For four days, participants will be able to experience the game culture. You won’t have time to be bored: Tocatì has something for everyone. Take a look at the dance and musical performances, the best street cuisine in town, conferences, exhibitions, and cinema and theatre mini-experiences. However, the biggest attractions will be the 30 traditional games that will be played in the street. And if you’re feeling playful, you’ll also be able to take part completely for free!

Tocati Festival Internazionale dei Giochi di Strada

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The guest this year is Catalunya, which will bring its famous castells to the party. The castells are tall human towers that Catalunyans build for their traditional festivities—an exciting and risky show that you’ll surely enjoy! After a day of playing around, make sure to come home safe to Palazzo Victoria and sleep like a child.

More information: http://tocati.it/en

Tocati Festival Internazionale dei Giochi di Strada

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10
Sep

The Untouchable Ennio Morricone

The award-winning prodigal son is coming back home. Ennio Morricone is closing his European summer tour at the Arena di Verona next September 12, and his concert is a total must-go. The performance will cover some of his most famous compositions for cinema and television, played by a grand orchestra.

Ennio Morricone composer

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If you get emotional easily, make sure to bring your tissues, because masterpieces will align one after another. The Untouchables (1987), The Mission (1986), A fistful of dollars (1964), Once upon a time in America (1984) or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) are just some of the legendary soundtracks that will sound next Saturday at the stunning scenario provided by the Arena.

86-year-old Morricone is a living legend. He has composed more than 500 pieces for the big screen and TV, and the value of his legacy and its influence on younger composers are undeniable. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance for this once in a lifetime opportunity and, afterwards, dream of Morricone’s paradise at Palazzo Victoria.

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3
Sep

Verona Celebrates Juliet’s Birthday!

We have spoken before of the most famous lovers in the world, Romeo and Juliet, and the many speculations surrounding their story. And precisely because we love mystery and we love a party, this festivity is one of our favorites. This weekend, Verona celebrates the anniversary of its best ambassador: Juliet’s birthday.

Source: julietclub.com

Source: julietclub.com

Professor Giuseppe Franco Viviani estimated that Juliet’s birthday would have been on September 16, 1284. This date is much discussed, but the Veronese indulge in the party and the fun. Hence, this weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6) the city dresses as Juliet’s universe in the trecento to commemorate the legend of the most beautiful girl in Verona. The Club di Giulietta (Juliet’s Club), which organizes the celebrations every year, sets up the Piazza dei Signori and the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio as stunning scenarios where artisants and artists showcase their creations. Amazing musical and theatrical performances also take place during the weekend.

Juliet's birthday 2014

Source: julietclub.com

Our insider tip is to take a guided tour organized specially for the occasion. Visitors have the opportunity to follow Juliet’s footsteps through Verona and make a special stop at her famous home and tomb. If you haven’t joined in on the fun yet, make sure to celebrate Juliet’s birthday with us at Palazzo Victoria!

More information: http://www.julietclub.com/en/news/337-birthday.html

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27
Aug

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.

Dolomites

Source: Luca Moglia @ flickr.com/-lucam-

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

Source: flickr.com/sonofgroucho

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

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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

Source: belledolomiti.it

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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19
Aug

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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30
Jun

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!

JULY

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)

AUGUST

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

SEPTEMBER

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)

Source: ddd.uab.cat

Source: ddd.uab.cat

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

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9
Jun

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 http://palazzovictoria.com/

You can also contact us at +39 045 596 50 or at info@palazzovictoria.com

You deserve a summer holiday you’ll remember forever!  

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