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I Heart My Hometown: Verona City Guide – Part TwoArticle by: Veronica Baesso

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As promised here is the Verona City Guide Part Two. I could not do justice to my beautiful hometown with just one. Below you can find suggestions on how to take Verona like a real Veronese. Each season Verona shows her many charms, but I think winter and specifically Christmas season are particularly magic and romantic.


Juliet’s balcony, of Romeo and Juliet fame, is a can’t miss experience. If you want to experience Verona in true Montague and Capulet style you can sojourn at the charming relais Il Sogno di Giulietta as I did during my stay-cation. Located in Via Cappello, in the heart of Verona, il Sogno di Giulietta (Juliet’s Dream) is inside Juliet’s courtyard and directly faces the renowned balcony. At night Juliet’s courtyard is accessible only for the guests of the relais, who can privately enjoy this secret garden.


Il Sogno di Giulietta is truly one of the most romantic places I have ever been, so I highly recommend it for those so special occasions and romantic jaunts. I was accommodated in the stunning Sentiero Suite (Path Suite) which overlooks Juliet’s balcony. So basically, you can’t get a better view than that. The style of the room is opulent without losing its charms. It is complete with baroque details like the jacquard curtains and the Venetian glass chandelier that add just that something extra. The King-sized bed complete with wooden posts, oversized Jacuzzi bathtub and customized room service make this luxury bedroom a heavenly experience. It is one of a kind relais, in a one of a kind place with one of a kind customer service. If you want a fairytale adventure in Verona, Il Sogno di Giulietta will not let you down.


Each time I spend time in Carlotta’s, the historic bottega of perfumes, toiletries and design jewellery I find a signature piece I wouldn’t be able to locate anywhere else. It is a bit of Paris in Verona. The selection has everything from rare scents to edgier labels from Paris, London and NYC. Entering will be a joy to your senses.


One of my top ranked boutiques in town is Scarabocchio. With its cool layout, vintage nostalgia and unique sartorial designs, each time I step inside I feel like a kid in a toyshop. I never leave without a special item. Whether you are eyeing a preppy checked blazer or a 20s inspired dress, you can find them and more with ease.


You can’t come to Verona without indulging in the special Veronese food and wine that we are famous all over the world for. If you want to have an impeccable local culinary experience, Alcova del Frate is at the top of my list. Located in the emblematic via Ponte Pietra, the osteria offers gourmet dishes such as handmade pasta, beef tartare, cold meats, cheese and traditional desserts. I bet you’re already hungry?


 If you haven’t been to Verona by now you must be tempted to come. Those of you who already know this charming town, I hope you will come armed with new information from my city guide. If you are Veronese I hope I did our beautiful town justice!

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