Stay at one of our welcoming hotels in Verona, Italy, the storied setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Past and present are interwoven on Verona’s ancient streets, from the 1st-century Roman Arena in the vibrant city center to the modern-day love notes scrawled outside Juliet’s House.
Our hotels in Verona are a short drive from the city center. Examine the detailed paintings of Northern Italian masters Tintoretto and Tiepolo at the Castelvecchio museum, in a castle setting on the Adige River. Nearby the medieval San Zeno Maggiore Basilica has intricate bronze doors depicting biblical scenes. Legend has it that Juliet’s House was the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed heroine. Though you can imagine Juliet standing on the simple stone balcony, the house’s most moving features are the amorous declarations written on its walls by millions of love-sick pilgrims. Families at our Verona hotels can take a short drive into the surrounding countryside to ride the roller coasters at Gardaland.
Piazza Brá square, facing the archways of the ancient Roman Arena, leads into Via Mazzini, a pedestrian-friendly street lined with designer boutiques. The street leads to Piazza delle Erbe, scene of a bustling flea and food market. Close to our Verona hotels are centuries-old buildings housing restaurants where hearty Northern Italian dishes like stuffed pasta and braised meat are served. After dinner, sip a glass of wine at Bottega del Vino, a wine cellar in business since 1890.
Book our Holiday Inn® Verona hotels in February for Verona in Love, when heart-shaped lanterns hang above the city streets and free music and crafts fairs fill the center. July and August are Verona’s biggest cultural festivals, when the Roman Arena on Piazza Brá square and the Roman Theater across the river host dozens of operas and Shakespearean plays.