Verona, Italy

The Romans once rested their shields and spears in Verona, leaving behind an impressive cultural and architectural footprint: mediaeval palaces, fresco-festooned churches and of course, the ancient Arena, where some of Italy’s finest opera seduces the ears. The other senses aren’t neglected here, either: sample polenta or peperita (boiled beef with a spicy cheese sauce); gaze at the glittering Adige river and the city’s stash of statues and mosaics; touch the statue of Juliet by her balcony. And if (if) you should long for adventures further afield, Venice is only an hour and a half away by train…

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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.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Valerio 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 ( There’s also Brescia’s airport, 40 minutes away from Verona by car (
  • Trains

    Verona Porta Nuova is the city’s main station, close to the city centre in the square of Piazzale 25 Aprile (
  • Automobiles

    Only bring a car if you want to explore the lakes; driving in the city itself is a pain; walking around it is a pleasure.

Palazzo Victoria

Palazzo Victoria

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

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Carmine Caló

Carmine Caló

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.

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