Relais Fra' Lorenzo
Why We Love This Hotel
- The historic property is in the hills overlooking Verona
- It is a 20-minute walk from sights in the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- There is an outdoor pool and sun terrace in the hotel's garden
Set in an olive grove, Relais Fra' Lorenzo is a historic property with far-reaching views of Verona. The property is by the Parco delle Colombare, a leafy park in the hills on the outskirts of the city. It is named after Friar Laurence, the lovers' confidant in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", who would have gathered medicinal herbs in the area.
Verona is "enchanting", with "timeless monuments" and a "picturesque town centre", says Fodor's. The hotel is a 20-minute walk downhill (a half hour by bus) from Verona's heart, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Arena, a Roman amphitheatre that is now "one of the world's great opera venues" (Lonely Planet), and the Casa di Giulietta -- a 13th-century property that belonged to the Cappelletti family, who were immortalised as the Capulets in "Romeo and Juliet". The hotel is 20 minutes' walk from the Ponte Pietra, a stone bridge over the River Adige dating from 100BC, and a little further from Verona's Romanesque cathedral.
The hotel has a bar and serves a continental buffet breakfast. There is an outdoor pool and terrace in the gardens. Bedrooms have parquet floors, antique furnishings and views of Verona. Opt for a Deluxe Room for more space.