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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!




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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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

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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


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:

Tocati Festival Internazionale dei Giochi di Strada


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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.



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


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!

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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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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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The Roman theater of Verona reopens to the public

After some time closed due to restoration, the Roman theater of Verona reopens to the public.

Near the river Adige, the theater was built in the 1st century BC, during the first decades of the Roman Empire.

If you’re dropping by Verona anytime soon, don’t miss the chance to visit it.

And if you’re into museums, Palazzo Victoria is the perfect place for you to stay.




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Verona celebrates art… and wine!

Wine has always been a source of inspiration for artists around the world. Scottish novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, said it loud and clear: “Wine is bottled poetry”.

Now, Verona honors this special relationship between wine and art with the exhibition ‘Arte e Vino‘, open to the public at il Palazzo della Gran Guardia until August 16th.

Visitors will discover how the enjoyment of wine has been depicted throughout the history of art by means of 184 masterpieces by both Italian and foreign artists, such as Titian, Rubens and Picasso.

And, being a celebration of wine, it can’t but end with a wine tasting session for the visitors, who will also enjoy some lovely views of L’Arena.

From Palazzo Victoria, we invite you to delight both your eyes and your palate in Verona!

For more information (in Italian):



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In the mood for Jazz

From January 24th to February 27th, the sensuous sound of Jazz music will echo on the walls of Il Teatro Ristori thanks to the new edition of  Verona Jazz Winter, a true celebration of the joy of Jazz and its artists, both from Italy and from abroad.

The six scheduled concerts will allow the audience to travel thoughout the world by means of the rhythm, from the hottest latin sounds to the newest Italian voices:

Saturday January 24th | 9 pm.

–          Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani

–          Stefano Bollani Danish Trio

Friday January 30th | 9 pm.

–          Latin Mood

Thursday February 5th | 9 pm.

–          Chiara Civello

Thursday February 12th | 9 pm.

–          Alessandro Lanzoni Trio

Saturday February 21st | 9 pm.

–          Luna Tucumana

Friday February 27th | 9 pm.

–          Parco della Musica Jazz Orchestra

If you want to have more information about the festival, feel free to visit: The information is displayed both in Italian and in English.

From Palazzo Victoria, we invite you all to let yourself go with the flow 


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What can you do in Verona this Christmas?

Are you staying in Verona these days? There are many things you can do in town during Christmas. Let’s take a look at some of these options:

– To have a nice cup of hot chocolate with a slice of Pandoro, the typical Veronese Christmas dessert

– To visit every museum and monument you want. The lesser people in town, the less longer lines!

– To watch the exhibition of nativities at L’Arena, open until January 25th

– To do some shopping at the Christmas Street Market at la Piazza dei Signori, until December 28th

– And, of course, to go through a whole experience of comfort and relaxation at Palazzo Victoria 

Do you like these plans? Then we’ll be waiting for you!



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