When to go
Late summer is sizzling hot; visit in spring or autumn if you want to explore the city on foot without wilting. It’s also romantic here in winter.
PlanesValerio Catullo airport is 5km southwest of Verona, with plenty of domestic flights, as well as European stop-offs such as London, Manchester, Barcelona and Amsterdam (www.aeroportoverona.it). There’s also Brescia’s airport, 40 minutes away from Verona by car (www.aeroportobrescia.it).
TrainsVerona Porta Nuova is the city’s main station, close to the city centre in the square of Piazzale 25 Aprile (www.trenitalia.com).
AutomobilesOnly bring a car if you want to explore the lakes; driving in the city itself is a pain; walking around it is a pleasure.
For your first course, spend two nights in Verona, the historic city known as the home of Shakespeare's fictional star-crossed lovers. But there's nothing fictional about Palazzo Victoria, a luxurious, modern-meets-mediaeval boutique hotel hidden away among the city's cobbled streets. Be sure to sample the work of the Michelin-starred chef in the restaurant.
Worth getting out of bed for
– Dine at the hotel's Corso Porta Borsari restaurant
– Go wine-tasting at the Allegrini vineyards outside of town
– Day-trip to Venice for seafood risotto
Where Borsaro 36, Palazzo Victoria, Verona, Italy
Cuisine Modern Italian
What's the inspiration for your cooking?
My cooking is inspired by classic Italian recipes, with a modern twist.
Favourite ingredient right now?
Tomato and basil, inevitably.
Best breakfast ever?
The best breakfasts I ever had were at Shangri-La Sydney and Burj al-Arab Dubai.
Where do you like to eat out?
I normally prefer to eat food in the place its ingredients come from, whether that's a simple trattoria or a Michelin-starred restaurant.