In sight of the city walls, a caramel-tinted townhouse has metamorphosed into first-class boutique residence Butterfly Verona. If its grand proportions have you all aflutter, closer inspection reveals the contemporary appeal of this prize specimen beneath its storied camouflage: Italian designer furnishings from Poltrona Frau, Baxter and Tooy are fit for a monarch; thoughtful extras such as underfloor heating, free minibars and Netflix are nectar to modern pleasure seekers. A door code system means there’s no old-fashioned curfew to curb city wanders either – which is handy, given that you’re only a short stroll from Verona’s città antica with its historic sights, bars and restaurants.
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A bottle of wine on arrival. GoldSmiths get a room upgrade where available, a bottle of wine and a breakfast voucher for a local café
11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. Late check-out or early check-in (both 1pm) are subject to availability and extra cost.
Double rooms from £182.29 (€216), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-in.
Rates are room only; you’ll need to find a café nearby for breakfast – although coffee, tea and a selection of pastries (by Giancarlo Perbellini) are provided in rooms.
By day reception staff are happy to help you find a restaurant, book tickets or transport – but (if you prefer) there’s a digital option, too, called Butterfly Chat, granting you concierge access via WhatsApp or Messenger.
At the hotel
In rooms: free WiFi, smart TV with Netflix, free minibar, Nespresso machine, kettle, free bottled water, Laboratorio Olfattivo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms (mostly suites) are available to book individually – so once you’ve decided whether the pistachio-hued deluxe with a balcony, capacious khaki-walled junior suite or shades-of-grey suite with a separate living room are for you, there’s no pot luck involved. Our tips, however, are the stupendously stuccoed presidential suite or the devil-may-care romance of the superior junior suite (with a bedroom bath tub). Families should make a beeline for the finely furnished two-bedroom apartment.
You’re in the city of love, so pack for seduction: floaty linen pieces for riverside ambles and old-town strolls; finery for the opera; date-night threads for candlelit dinners.
You can choose between self check-in and a personalised welcome, with details of your options emailed to you three days ahead of arrival. Personalised door codes are issued 24 hours ahead. The hotel has a lift but no wheelchair-adapted rooms.
There’s no restaurant at Butterfly Verona, but chef Giancarlo Perbellini provides a welcome box of sweet and savoury pastries alongside your free minibar and there are cafés nearby, ideal for breakfast.
Butterfly Verona is just south of the old town in Verona on Via Ponte Rofiolo (a five-minute walk from the arena).
Verona airport is 20 minutes from the hotel by road; private transfers can be arranged.
The city’s major rail hub, Porta Nuova train station is an eight-minute drive from the hotel and has connections to Bologna (50 minutes), Venice (an hour) and Milan (75 minutes). Private transfers to/from the station can be arranged (from €20 each way).
Butterfly Verona is five minutes from the Verona Sud motorway exit. There’s no parking at the hotel but there are two public car parks nearby; valet parking is available from €25 a vehicle per night.
Worth getting out of bed for
Verona is dubbed the city of love with visits to Juliet’s tomb, Juliet’s house (and Romeo’s) high on many a visitor’s wishlist: whether you wish to park your scepticism that Shakespeare’s Verona-set tragedy is a work of fiction with no balcony or grave visits required, there’s no debating the romance of this ancient city, cupped by the river Adige and ribbed with crenellated city walls (one such straddles the hotel’s street) and an alley-ribboned, mediaeval città antica that’s Verona’s beating heart. Its Roman amphitheatre, the Arena, is just a three-minute walk from the hotel, and hosts a summer season of opera: you can expect a bit of Bizet but a lot of Verdi (seeing Aida in an open-air Roman amphitheatre sounds pretty spectacular). Grandiose Piazza del Erbe, once a Roman forum, is the home of Torre dei Lamberti, a soaring brick tower with bird’s eye views of the city (hilltop fortress Castel San Pietro has impressive panoramas, too). On Piazza del Erbe, you’re also at one end of Via Mazzini, an avenue of high-street and designer stores that’s catnip to big spenders. At the other end, Piazza Brà is the café-lined main square beside the Arena. Take a guided bicycle tour for a comprehensive whirl around town on two wheels. If you find yourself on Corso Porta Bursari, look up. Above the original Melegatti panetteria, you can see the city’s prized pandoro rendered as a pair of stone finials – reason enough to immediately track down the sweet doughy version and an espresso.
Precise plates of avant-garde cuisine (tweezered herbs, cloched smoke, glossy emulsions) are overseen by innovative chef Saimir Xhaxhaj at upscale restaurant La Canonica, where the tasting menus are less of a meal, more of a culinary odyssey. A stained glass lantern lights the way to a historic restaurant of frescoed dining rooms at 12 Apostoli, where chef Mauro Buffo oversees an accomplished menu of dishes named by listed ingredients such as ‘salted venison, rocket, lovage’ or ‘milk ice-cream, strawberry, rhubarb.’ Alongside his most popular outpost Casa Perbellini, chef Giancarlo Perbellini (of pastry box fame) has a handful restaurants in the city, including Pizzeria Du De Cope and a fish restaurant El Capitan that’s an innovative celebration of seafood serving up cuttlefish noodles, monkfish and spider crab.
You don’t even need to be a wine drinker to appreciate the walls and walls of bottles at historic enoteca Botte Gavini, which has a fine Veronese selection alongside vintages from further afield.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Veronese townhouse and unpacked their handmade loafers and Armani shades, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Butterfly Verona…
A sweeping staircase takes you up to the entrance of Butterfly Verona, a first-floor hotel of just five stellar rooms and suites, plus a two-bedroom apartment. Each room is dressed differently (you can book exactly the one you want) – with original plasterwork conserved and a contemporary art collection curated across suites. A high-spec finish unites all interiors, featuring designer wallpaper, furniture from Baxter and Poltrona Frau, and eye-catching lighting by Tooy. This style masterclass is given by owners Laura Giovedì and Gian Matteo Rossi, whose aim was to create an exclusive hotel focused on design, comfort and privacy. With this in mind, guests can self check-in and have the freedom to come and go (via a door code system), and Laura and Gian Matteo include extras such as fresh pastries, Nespresso machines (certo), free minibars and Netflix. It’s a home-from-home set-up that not just works – it also entices. What this room-only stay lacks in amenities, it makes up for with polished interiors and a hard-to-beat location: you may be on a quiet street just outside Verona’s città antica, but the city’s key historic sights (Roman amphitheatre included), designer stores, bars and restaurants are easily walkable – and what a fine des-res to come home to.