19 Jun The Most Romantic Hotel in Verona:
The Relais Ristori: staying at the most romantic hotel in Verona
Verona. Despite the existence of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, it is Romeo and Juliet that still brings thousands of people to the charming town of Verona every year. The play, which was inspired by a story based on real life tragedy, has kidnapped our imaginations and made soppy souls of us for hundreds of years.
And so inspired, I made my pilgrimage to Verona in Northern Italy, the city of doomed lovers.
If you’re looking for the most romantic place to stay in Verona, then the Relais Ristori is the place for you. This small hotel is within an easy ten minutes of the Arena in Piazza Bra, the hub of Verona, with the attractions of both Juliet’s balcony and Tomb still within easy walking distance. I found Relais Ristori on the peaceful Vicoletto Circolo (oh I just love saying that) and was welcomed by a glass of Prosecco and plates of nibbles on my arrival: a thoughtful and quite lovely touch. It gave me time to catch my breath in the courtyard garden and just breathe in Italy. I had arrived!
Call me a sucker for romance but I just had to stay in the Guilietta and Romeo room which, quite possibly, has to be the most romantic room in the most romantic hotel in Verona. It’s decorated in lilac, with billowing curtains around the four-poster bed, access to your own balcony overlooking the courtyard below and a spa bath. Who needs Verona? I was tempted to spend the five days in situ with some chocolates and a few bottles of fizz.
Of course, Verona called, so I didn’t. With a whole city out there to see I needed sustenance and the breakfast at the Relais Ristori certainly provided that. Nothing was too much trouble. I tend to eat gluten-free if I can and they catered wonderfully for my needs, with gluten-free cereal, bread and cakes on the table, as well as fruit, home-made biscuits, and cheese. With so much to choose from, a steaming espresso could be brought to you as you pondered what to eat next. Sigh. Delicious.
If I’m out and about walking, I really do appreciate being able to take a long soak in the bath before I emerge for dinner so was really excited about trying out the spa bath and lovely toiletries provided. I have to admit that the spa bath was more fun than relaxing: verging almost on the aggressive side, there was no chance of sitting back with a good book and a glass of wine. Still, the toiletries lived up to the packaging and I had fun emptying the whole contents of one tube into the spa bath to find myself almost smothered in bubbles. The bathroom, with its fluffy towels and slippers and intricate tiling, really did prove a perfect place to relax and recuperate.
Throughout the stay, Anna, my host, was helpful and friendly, even to the point of lending me a guidebook. My whole experience here was delightful, memorable and so, so chilled and relaxed. There are other supposedly romantic hotels in this city, but do be careful that they’re not in the heart of tourist land. This was just far enough away from the crowds to really earn itself the title of the most romantic hotel in Verona. Ciao.