A little gem
Hotel Torcolo in Verona is truly a little gem! We stayed there for 5 nights last August and could not have been more comfortable. The two lady owners, Signora Sylvia and Signora Diana, are as charming and elegant as the hotel itself, which they run with the help of their very professional staff. If you go there for the opera festival, be sure to ask their excellent secretary, Caterina, for advice. Hotel Torcolo is definitely our number one choice.
Let's keep it a secret
Ok - I hate to join the others who are raving about Hotel Torcolo for fear that they will raise their prices or that I will not be able to book a room when I return. The Hotel Torcolo is a great little hotel in a perfect location. There is much to see in Verona and the staff at the hotel will help you find the sites and the best cafes.
A great choice!
We spent last week end in Verona; it was our first visit to this town and it has been wanderfull!!! Hotel Torcolo is a great hotel, small but very central (20 meters from Piazza Bra) and with helpfull staff; our room was very romantic with nice sized and clean bathroom!
You can easily walk to all of the major sites as Castello Vecchio, Giulietta’s house, Piazza delle Erbe, etc. It’s also few minutes far from the main shops and restaurants (a great and cheap one is “Hostaria Vecchia Fontanina” in Piazzetta Chiavica!).
We are planning to come back for the Opera season and we recommend Hotel Torcolo to everybody!
A Great Place to Stay
We stayed at the Torcolo for four nights during the last week of october and were impressed - pleasant, comfortable room, nice breakfast and excellent, friendly staff. The room was spotlessly clean. When I needed a hairdresser one was recommended and an appointment made. We were recommended to attend a piano recital which was enjoyable as we like to find a concert or similar when we stay in Italy.
Altogether a hotel we would use again and recommend to anyone.
We stayed at this Hotel for one night on the 7th January 2005. The room was large, with the largest bed I have ever slept in! The room catered very well for our party of four (2 adults and 2 children) and was spacious, clean and comfortable. Breakfast the next morning was lovely in their cozy little breakfast room. The best thing about this Hotel is the location. It is a 2 minute walk to the Arena, near lots of restaurants and quality shopping locations. We would definitely stay here again.
Unless the arena decides to convert to a hotel - you could not stay in a better location the the hotel torcola. Literally just steps from the piazza bra and arena - the hotel is still quiet enough to get plent of rest. We arrived on an exceptionally hot March day and it was wonderful to find the fridge in the room stocked with a chilled bottle of wine and some water at very reasonable prices.
The staff were very helpful, especially directing us to where we could catch the Wales v Ireland rugby match. The resturaunt directly accross the road is well worth a visit.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Verona.
I want to go back right now
I loved the Torcolo and would go back tomorrow if I could. We were there for 6 nights in March/April. As you have previously read, the location is excellent. Caterina and Christina are the best. We were able to see Swan Lake...a dream come true. And I cant forget the friendly man who worked the night shift. Our entire stay was fantastic and memorable.
VERONA - PART OF OUR TRIP TO NORTHERN ITALY
"MAY 22nd - Wednesday"
We got to the Venice station so quickly this morning that we were able to get the 10 am train to Verona rather than the 11 am train. This would or should get us to Verona earlier than we had planned but this was fine with us. In reality, what happened was we got to Verona at 11:50 rather than 11:25. I don’t understand it but our IC train stopped in the middle of nowhere for almost a half hour. Eventually a Eurostar flew by in the other direction so I’m assuming he was waiting for it to pass us by so that he could use that track. But if that’s the case why not put the later time in the timetable and not the time that actually is in print.? I no understand. While at the station we got our tickets for tomorrow’s train to Milan.
Anyway, we arrived in Verona for our one night stay. We took the #13 bus to Piazza Bra and got off at this point. I began to look for Vicolo Listone which is where Hotel Torcolo was located but I had problems finding it. After about 10 minutes someone pointed me in the right direction and we found our new home for one nite. We were graciously welcomed by the lady who runs the hotel and we checked in to Room 26. We were immediately quite happy with our accommodations.
We didn’t unload much from our luggage as we were only staying one nite so we headed out first to see the Arena. This is the third largest Roman amphitheater and is over 2000 years old! We had seen the Colosseum last year in Rome but it was exciting to see this structure which is still in use to this day for concerts and the like. In fact, I found out that if we could stay three more days we could possibly see Elton John in concert in the Arena. I have seen EJ twice before and to see him perform in the outdoor Arena would have been something special.
After spending some time in the Arena we walked up Via Mazzini which was a nice area with equally nice stores. When we came to Via Cappello we made a right and headed down to #23, Casa di Giulietta – the House of Juliet (of Romeo and Juliet) – complete with balcony. This is all fictitious as there was no Romeo and Juliet – or was there?? Anyway, we took a few pictures of the balcony but Carol didn’t go up. No problem. But I’m still her Romeo!
We headed over to Piazza dell Erbe, the heart of Verona, and Piazza dei Signori. We wanted to go up another tower so we found Torre dei Lamberti and we also found out that it had a lift! We took the lift up so that we could get some great views of this very clean, very nice city. There appeared a neat looking bridge off in the distance, which we thought about trying to get closer to.
"MAY 22nd - Wednesday - continued"
We wandered around Piazza dell Erbe. But I wasn’t that impressed with the Piazza. It seemed very quiet for being the heart of the city. It, like the rest of Verona, was very clean.
We turned and headed down Corso Porta Borsari. On our left at #57 was Gelatorie Balu and the young worker behind the counter prepared for me one of the best gelato cones that I had all week. It was absolutely delicious. We stayed on this street until we came to a pharmacy, Farmacia Giulio. Carol’s allergies were acting up and she went inside to see if they had anything. Fortunately, they had what she needed.
Porta Borsari led into Corso Cavour and staying on this street led us to Arco de Gavi, a 1st century Roman arch. From this point we could see Castelvecchio from the outside. We were kind of museumed out at this point so we had no interest in going inside to see its contents.
Just beyond this point we were happy to find the bridge that we had seen from the top of Torre dei Lamberti. It was the Ponte Scaligero. This is a really cool bridge spanning the River Adige. It was built in 1355, blown up by the Nazis, and then thru salvaged material, reconstructed. We took pictures from the bridge and then walked back and over to Rigasti S. Zeno. From here Carol took great pictures of Scaligero.
We were both kind of tired so we walked back to Hotel Torcolo for a much needed nap.
After we awoke, we headed out again and began walking up Corso Porta Nuova, one of the busiest streets in Verona. It has some nice stores. There is even a McD’s. We were getting a little bit hungry so we went into the McD’s. Carol was amazed at the salad ideas that they offered. We both had great salads and the manager told us that the only other McD’s in the world that had this offering was located by the Spanish Steps in Rome. And we realized that we had eaten these salads at this very McD’s last year when we were in Rome!
After “dinner” we headed into some sidestreets just to see what was around. It’s pretty hard to get lost in Verona. We wound up strolling back to Piazza Bra and so we parked ourselves on a park bench on the other side of the street from the Arena. We just marveled at this 1st century structure.
Before heading off to the Hotel and before calling it a nite, I just had to stop at Gelateria Emanuel in Piazza Bra for my 3 scoops of gelato. I just can’t go to bed on an empty stomach.
It was a nice time spent, although brief, here in Verona.
Accomodation in Verona
Please somebody let me know how can I find some accomodation not too expensive around 70/80 Euro per night for twin share in Verona?
RE: Accomodation in Verona
VT member stayed here 2 days ago for Euro 60 a double at Hotel Trieste... booked trough venere.com
It's not high season yet, of course
Try hotel Torcolo or Verona as alternatives
RE: Accomodation in Verona
info@l'ospite.com - federica derossi - great hostess