Verona | undiscovered Italy

the Roman amphitheater in Verona, Italy

One of my best tips for avoiding crowds in Italy is to visit places that are not on the radar of most tourists. Verona is one such town. A very attractive city with great shopping, Verona is an UNESCO World Heritage Site with two claims to fame

(1) The Roman Arena pictured above is the third largest Roman amphitheater in Italy. More than an archeological site, operas are performed in this arena during the summer months and are extremely popular.

(2) Verona has an unique place in literary history, being the setting for three Shakespearian plays: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. You can see the balcony from which Romeo called to Juliet.

Where to stay in Verona? Palazzo Victoria is a new luxury hotel, part of the Salviatino Collection. It is an engaging mix of old and new, built within an old palazzo yet with all the comforts of a contemporary five star hotel. Breakfast is included, as is free WiFi for guests. I spent two evenings at Palazzo Victoria last week and very much enjoyed the hotel and its superb restaurant and spa!

Update — Conde Nast has listed Palazzo Victoria as one of the hot new hotels of 2013.

Palazzo Victoria (search here on Google)

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