It’s the most romantic time of year again, paper hearts and balloons fill the window displays of our favourite department stores; and the search for the perfect gift for our other half becomes increasingly harder each time February appears. At House of Coco, we are (rather hopeless) romantics, but also constantly on the look out for our next travel opportunity; if it combines the two then our work is done. So forget that booking in Burger & Lobster you’ve been hoping you’ll be able to score on the 14th and escape to the city of love.
At the heart of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is steeped in Medieval history and has a maze of chic marbled shopping avenues littered with high-end Italian designers. Nestled in the North of Italy, Verona makes the perfect 48-hour getaway for culture vultures and a pilgrimage destination for new romantics. Explore the ancient Roman arena and stay for a late night open-air opera performance, visit Juliet’s infamous balcony and re-enact that ‘wherefore art thou Romeo?‘ scene with cheesy glee or spend the day wine tasting at the famous Allegrini wine estate close by. Take a day trip further afield to neighbouring Lake Garda for a spot of sailing, or take the train to the Dolomite mountain range for breath taking views and skiing options. The opportunities in Shakespeare’s city of love really is endless.
Verona is the perfect destination for Valentine’s Day, as between 12 – 15 February the city comes alive in shades of red and pink to celebrate Verona as the city of love. The focal point of the event is the ‘Heart to Discover’, a market in the shape of a heart in the Piazza dei Signori (pictured above) where all kinds of beautiful Veronese trinkets can be bought to gift your beau. Throughout the long weekend couples can take part in events such as Love Hunting, Lights of Love and ‘Juliet for a Day’ at the Museo dell’Amore (Love Museum). Other delights on offer include chocolate tasting, poetry contests, theatre shows around the story of Romeo and Juliet and guided tours especially for lovebirds…
With such an amazing city at your fingertips, you need an equally impressive hotel to rest your head on at the end of the day and where better than the luxurious Palazzo Victoria. Built on ancient Roman ruins which are preserved in glass displays throughout the hotel, the Palazzo Victoria is the most desirable hangout in town; with a 1970’s Greenwich Hotel vibe thanks to award-winning architect Libero Cecchini, the hotel is a design fusion of futuristic features alongside retro feature furniture placed in front of an ancient marble backdrop. The hotel blends its rich heritage with bespoke amenities and seamless service through Victoria Club – the hotel’s vibrant concept bar complete with quirky pool table to entertain you and your French martini; and the intriguing open kitchen restaurant Borsari 36 with renowned chef Carmine Calo (enjoy watching local delicacies freshly prepared by the chefs as the kitchen places itself as the focal point of the restaurant). With 74 rooms, including 7 suites and 8 junior suites, each one is flooded with natural light from traditional Italian floor length windows allowing you enviable views over the quaint shopping mecca: corso di Porta Borsari. Combining elegant tapestries with marble bathrooms and roll-top tubs, some rooms feature the original fresco paintings on the ceilings and walls reminding you of the beautiful history of this city for lovers.
Stay at the Palazzo Victoria for Valentines and enjoy their romantic package which includes accommodation in a double deluxe room (with upgrade to the next room category upon availability), receive a special gift in your room upon arrival and enjoy a romantic dinner created by executive chef Carmine Calo at Borsari 36. (Late checkout option is also available upon request)
Package rate €210 per person (incl. VAT, excl. city tax)
Accommodation in junior suite, supplement upon availability: from €200 per room (incl. VAT)
For further information visit www.palazzovictoria.com and to book call +39 045 596 508
Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates flights to Verona from Manchester airport with fares, including taxes, starting from £34.99 one way (£70.98 return).