We had an amazing time in Italy, largely thanks to you. The winery outside Verona was amazing. We couldn't leave. So we stayed an extra night and had a crazy, frantic drive to the Milan airport the morning of our flight. But it was worth it. We also went to a restaurant in a nearby villa, an amazing place: Le Cedrare in Illasi. Didn't love Verona, the city, anything like Siena or the other Tuscany places.
The other amazing thing was everything about Siena. Hotel Santa Caterina was just wonderful. And Radda was a special place.
From the moment we arrived at Hotel Abbazia, my wife and I were very impressed. Great location and close to the City Center. Venice has close to 400 walking bridges and I can assure you that we probably saw most. Our guide Patrizia was great and very knowledgeable about the city and great history. The gondola ride at the end of the walking tour was a perfect way to end the afternoon.
Verona Winery was a perfect place to stay. Paulo and his family were great hosts and the accommodations were excellent. Would highly recommend if you want to visit Verona and the surrounding towns and cities which we visited.
Palazzo Bandino in Chianciano Terme was outstanding. Spent 5 days and toured numerous towns in Tuscany. Pienza, Montepulicano, Montechiello, Cortona, Montalcino, and numerous others. When in Tuscany you must see Siena which we did and spent the entire day. The food, the wine, the people, a great experience to enjoy. Met several other couples at this Palazzo Bandino and hooked up with them for dinner on our last night in Roma. We met at the Trevi Fountain (of course) at 8:30 and went for dinner. Awesome!
Lake Bolsena in my opinion is one of the most beautiful lakes in all of Italy.
Our trip from start to finish was great. Both my wife and I are grateful for all your suggestions and we had a wonderful time. We would highly recommend you for anyone travelling to Italy.
Morris & Heather B.
Hi Kristin & Kirill,
Thanks so much for helping me put together a truly magical vacation.
Palazzo Bandino can be summed up in one word – wow!!!! I can't think of anything negative about this place. The location in the Tuscan countryside is beautiful and the perfect place to go to relax after being in Rome. The accommodations were excellent. Our apartment had a big window that opened up to the vineyard & a deck where you could sit overlooking the vineyards – beautiful. The people are as friendly as can be. They treat you like family. We took the cooking class and had a wonderful time. We also ate dinner there almost every night. The food is great, the wine is excellent and unlimited, and the location is perfect. There are a ton of beautiful towns within a short drive. We took day trips to Perugia, Siena, Montepulciano and Pienza.
Hotel Abbazia was very cool. I was worried about the location so near the train station but you truly cannot hear the train – you won't even know it's next door. Another plus of the location is that the hotel is at a vaporetto stop. The hotel itself is very comfortable & interesting as it was once a monastery. The people at the front desk are incredibly friendly and helpful. The magic of Venice and the very nice Hotel Abbazia helped us to quickly forget the car drop-off fiasco. The breakfast included at the hotel is very good and the courtyard in the back is a very nice place to relax. As mentioned in other reviews, the church bells ring very early in the morning. I thought they were beautiful and was happy to get up when they started ringing. For people who would disagree, I recommend ear plugs. They seem to have done the job for others in my traveling party.
The Verona Winery was another excellent countryside location. The location is very convenient - just a ten-minute drive from Verona and even less time to the autostrada. The grounds and buildings are absolutely beautiful. The courtyard is a perfect place to sit in a lounge chair or a hammock and relax. For people like me who prefer not to sit around, there are hiking trails up the hills to the vineyards and very simple bikes that can be ridden along the country roads. It is difficult to find a place that is good for both relaxing and being active but the Verona Winery is one. Breakfast is simple but quite good. All of the people working here are very helpful and kind. The wine is quite good and the wine tour/tasting is fun. As with Palazzo Bandino, I don't have anything negative to say about the Verona Winery.
I give a huge thanks to you and the rest of the In Italy staff. Thanks so much for convincing me to stay at the wineries in Tuscany & Verona. I almost decided not to stay at either and those places turned out being the highlights of the vacation. A special thanks to Kristin for responding to my late-night emails from the airport when my flight was cancelled. Making sure that my airport pickup would be there when I arrived three hours late was an incredible stress reliever. You were a life saver.
I could go on and on about In Italy and the places we stayed, but I'll just leave it with one final thought. I am thrilled with the service In Italy provided me and I am equally thrilled with the places we stayed. I will surely use your services again for future trips to Italy and I will not hesitate to recommend them to others.
This is just a little note to tell you how much fun we had during our trip to Italy. The wineries that we stayed in were fabulous, the food was exquisite and the cooking class at Palazzo Bandino was memorable.
In Tuscany, we stayed at the Palazzo Bandino for 5 days. The location, the accommodations, the staff and the food was fantastic. Since they offered a 4-course meal every night with local wine included, we enjoyed the late dinner and, because we did not have to drive to go to bed, we were able to enjoy all of their local wines, including the Vin Santo! The room was clean; the breakfast had plenty of variety with a personal touch. From our room, we had a great view of the city of Chianciano Terme and the vineyard and olive trees.
In Verona, we stayed at the Verona Winery. We picked that location because they make our favorite wine called Amarone. This location was, once again, perfect - short driving distance to downtown Verona and to another gem city called Soave (which makes wonderful white wine). Paulo gave us a winery tour and we participated in their wine tasting, which was wonderful. And let's not forget their balsamic vinegar! The room was so beautiful and romantic; from the back window we could see and hear the creek. The whole facility was great. Breakfast included everything. Our only minus was having to drive for dinner, as there is not a restaurant on site. However, Paulo suggested fantastic restaurants with local food that were just a small taxi drive away.
Using Initaly.com was so easy and we were very satisfied with the locations that we selected using the web site. Also, the tips provided on the web were very helpful, such as the tips on how to drive in Italy. Thank you so much for helping us plan our wonderful trip and for the great memories. We have already recommended your website to friends. We are looking forward to go back again and again.
Herb and Julie
I have been meaning to take a few minutes all week to send a great big thank you.
All the hotels/bed and breakfasts you booked for us were wonderful:
The Verona Winery was awesome! Our apartment was lovely and Paolo made us feel very welcome. Their wine was exceptional (we brought some home) and breakfast each morning was very nice. We were very happy that they had a pool since it was 35C the day we did our day trip to Venice. We arrived on Sunday & Paolo recommended the local restaurant that was a 700 m walk from the B & B (Al Ponte Ferrazze). I was surprised that this place was not on your list of recommended restaurants: it was tiny and the menu was limited but the food was excellent, the staff so friendly despite the fact that no one spoke English. They tolerated our sad efforts at Italian and we would have gone back the Monday if they had not been closed. It's always nice not to have to drive to and from dinner.
Locanda del Lupo was very pleasant as well. Our double suite was much nicer than our friend's single suite, however. We had eaten a very heavy lunch so were not very hungry at dinnertime. We were sitting in the courtyard and asked if we could have an appetizer plate out there instead of going in for dinner and the wait staff were more than happy to accommodate us. The town itself really did not have much to offer and in hindsight if we had realized the actual travelling time from Verona area I think we probably would have gone straight to Lerici from Verona.
The Lerici Seaside Hotel was awesome! What a view. Again, however, the single room was not nearly as nice as the double room. The town of Lerici is lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It was convenient for our day trip to Cinque Terre and the local restaurants were great. We tried the recommended restaurant, Ristorante Golfo dei Poeti but felt it did not live up to your review. It was a satisfactory meal but not exceptional. We did have exceptional seafood at another restaurant close by, La Mano di Fatima. The homemade ice cream bars that were available right next to Ristorante Golfo dei Poeti were to die for!
The staff everywhere was extremely courteous and helpful. We would recommend any of the places we stayed at and feel that we got excellent value for the money spent.
We didn't take your advice about buying local maps in advance and I would definitely make sure I had them next time. Fortunately we had a GPS and it really helped us because we never would have found the Verona Winery just using the map we had. On the way to Canelli, we stopped in a small town (never got the name) and had an awesome three-course lunch, including wine for 11 euros per person.
We found ourselves with lots of time to spare before being able to check into Verona so on the way we took a detour along the eastern shore of Lake Garda, stopping off for lunch in the town of Garda. It was a true gem of a town: very picturesque.
The car rental went off without a hitch (at least we haven't been billed for anything extra as of this moment in time.)
I will recommend your services to anyone I know going to Italy. Kristin helped me plan the itinerary and we were thoroughly impressed by all your properties. It was nice to know in advance the quality of the accommodations. We wanted a trip that was a little more rural and you helped provide it. Thanks again for your assistance in making our holiday so memorable.
Dear "In Italy" people,
We have been back from our Italian trip for about a week now, and I wanted to tell you how great your suggestions and arrangements were. You suggested heading to Verona for a change from the lakes, and the Verona Winery was a little piece of heaven! It was so peaceful, comfortable, and very modernized. Every thought was paid to our comfort. It was perfect. Paulo arranged for transportation to the Verona Opera one night, as we could never had maneuvered those back alleys, and found a place for our car, and he let us out exactly at our entrance gate!
At the beginning, I had made many changes in the itinerary, and you were right on it. Thanks again for your help and guidance in making our 50th anniversary trip a great success.
Barbara and George D.
Nothing unexpected...However, the Verona Winery was absolutely fantastic...just as advertised on your website. Paulo is great and the entire complex was perfect. The apartment was probably the best place we stayed in our entire 2-week vacation.
What a great time we had - it was the perfect week at the perfect place. Verona Winery is a fantastic place to stay and use as home base for traveling all over the Veneto region, the Lake Region and even Milan. The food and wine is superb and our hosts were amazingly gracious. The entire family loved our week in sunny Italy. Your company enabled us to really enjoy the trip and we can't thank you enough for the great advice, your input and comments, the car rental, everything. Thank you so much.
We did have a wonderful stay in Italy and our daughter's wedding was beautiful and everything she wanted. Our stay at Verona Winery was exceptional and we give high praise to Paulo and the family, we couldn't have asked for a better place to have the family gather to celebrate this important event. It exceeded our expectations.
Thank you for your assistance.
First of all, let me say, everything I booked through In Italy was absolutely flawless. I am thoroughly impressed with your recommendations and everything I booked through your company. We were in a group of 5 with my inlaws and I highly recommend the apartments since they have two bedrooms and most have a pullout sofa. The Verona Winery was extremely well kept and manicured. Paolo was quick with whatever we needed. Highly recommend Il Busolo, Loretta made my son Dante a special pasta. A nice touch. In Florence, the Duomo Apartments were truly... The Duomo Apartments. We opened the windows and it felt like we could touch the Duomo, a magnificent structure. We did the half-day Florence The First Time walking tour and Elisabetta was great. Extremely knowledgeable and very vibrant. I highly recommend catching a cab to go to Piazzale Michelangelo, you get a panorama of Florence that is breathtaking. Suggest timing this around sunset. The cab was easy and there is a taxi stand at the piazza for the return. One note of caution for anyone in groups of 4 or more, with baggage, you may need to take two cabs to get to your destination. The cabs in Italy are small for the most part. We got lucky in Florence and (after waiting in queue) found one that could take us all. On the return to the train station we booked two cabs and they came together so we never got separated (good because I was the only one that spoke Italian). In Rome, we stayed at Campo de Fiori Apartments. A very nice apartment (3rd floor) with lots of life in the neighborhood. We dined in Campo de Fiori (Magnolia restaurant has an American Breakfast). Not quite Cracker Barrel, but it was good to have some eggs after 2 weeks of Brioche (Flaky Pastries). A short walk away was Piazza Navona. Lots of restaurants there. Overall, it was a splendid trip. I would highly recommend your site to anyone traveling to Italy and I will definitely use it on my next trip.
Your website hosts a number of amazing properties; the one that we experienced was absolutely great.
Our host, Paolo from the Verona Winery was by far the best! He was so helpful with dinner reservations and getting us in on a night where the entire city seemed to be booked! The property is amazing and so well kept. One of our favorites!
Overall, our trip was wonderful! Thank you so much for your awesome recommendations; on our next trip to the southern region, we will definitely use In Italy again!!
Overall we were very very satisfied with the hotels we booked through your website. We stayed at Verona Winery. We loved this place, beautiful setting, wood burning fireplaces, very peaceful. Our hosts were wonderful we had a delightful wine tasting and a tour of the vineyards. This is really a great find and I would recommend to anyone traveling to or through Verona. We did have a hard time finding the place, are GPS got confused and the signage was not clear. Anyway, once there it made the "find" all the more enjoyable!!
Fred G. and Vicki M.
Our trip to Italy was simply wonderful. This is actually the second time that I have used In Italy Online for my accommodations. There are two standouts this time. One is Casa Bella B&B. The other standout is the Verona Winery. What a spectacular place. We shared the apartment with my sister and brother-in-law and the rooms and baths were a perfect fit. The location is very central for traveling the area, and there is a tiny village within walking distance where you can find groceries and a restaurant.
As always, you did a great job with our hotel and car reservations - we're big fans. We had a fantastic time at Verona Winery. The venue is marvelous, comfortable and convenient. Easy day trips to Padova, Mantova and Lago di Garda, and of course, Verona. Sirmione on the lake is not to be missed on a sunny day. Paolo couldn't have been more helpful with restaurant recommendations. We particularly enjoyed Il Coppiere (sumptuous local fare) and Posta Vecia (excellent regional dishes, with an emphasis on game). It's a bit of a drive, but Trattoria La Buca on the banks of the Po in Zibello is just about our favorite eatery in Italy - the culatello there is to die for. We're just sorry we didn't have more time to spend investigating the environs, trying more restaurants and tasting more wine. Next time!
Don and Lynda S.
I am the travel agent. I spoke to Richard and the highlight of his trip was the stay at Verona Winery. He also traveled to Rome and Florence but he liked the property we booked through you the best. He said the hosts were wonderful-charming--apartments great-wine fantastic-well worth the drive. He would highly recommend it!!
We had a great time, and the Verona Winery was just as lovely as your website suggested. Both the rooms and the apartment were beautifully furnished and it was all very comfortable and relaxing. Of the restaurants, the Osteria down the road was a little disorganised but the food was still good. We thought Il Bussolo (one of your recommended restaurants) was one of the best meals we had, not least because the taxi offered meant no one had to stay sober! We also had a lovely meal at Enoteca Cangrande, Via dietro Listone, Verona (very close to Arena and very convenient before the Opera) with excellent wines which the owner suggested. I will certainly be recommending your website if any of our friends ask for somewhere to stay in Verona.
We had a wonderful time in Verona. This year we only spent 4 days in Verona and then returned to Germany as we were later driving to Spain for 3 weeks. We chose Verona Winery as we stayed there last year and found it an excellent place. Again, we had a great time and now they have some new apartments. As we were travelling with another couple, we decided to rent the new apartment as each bedroom (2 bedroom apartment) had its own bathroom – a living room and a kitchen too! Very spacious and comfortable.
Thanks again. It would be nice if we could have booked our Spanish destinations through "inspain"!!
Verona is a jewel, much to see (St-Zeno, the amphitheatre, Cathedrals, shopping...). The winery was splendid: great service, serene rooms, lovely walks and delicious breakfasts. Great place to spend a few days.
All the best,
We can't say enough about the accommodations you suggested. Verona Winery far exceeded our expectations. Paulo was such a gracious host and the tour he gave us was extremely interesting. We found out that the Wine Enthusiast awarded one of his wines as the top 100 in the world, and after tasting it we know why. The accommodations were especially nice as were the breakfast area as well as the breakfast. There is something spoiling about having fresh espresso on demand each morning served with a smiling face. It was also helpful that Paulo and his wife spoke very good English and were very familiar with good eating places in the area. We also learned that their credentials were impeccable in the area and were very well known. Paulo was never to busy to stop by at breakfast and say hello each morning and volunteer his advice if we needed any. He certainly made our stay there memorable and special and my wife and I would suggest The Verona Winery for a romantic getaway as well as a base for touring the region.
Yes, our vacation was great. We took a Mediterranean cruise that started in Venice. Paulo is very nice and accommodating. He gave us a tour of the property, but we didn't have an opportunity to do wine tasting. It's in a beautiful setting, well cared for and our apartment was very comfortable. It was very relaxing to stay outside of a big city.
We arrived home from our trip to Italy to find your email- what a wonderful surprise!! You asked about Verona Winery- I must say that whoever did the renovations and fitting out of the buildings, main areas and grounds had an eye for beauty- no matter where your eye settled it was visually pleasing, and soothing to the eye. The accommodation was fine and suited our purposes for the short time we were there. Paolo was helpful and we took advantage of his knowledge of his large acres and went for long walks to see his vineyards and olive groves. He also showed us through the wine processing part of the establishment while he explained about his wines and balsamic vinegar. We spent our time in Verona, which is a very pleasant place to wander through, and we also used the Winery as a base to travel to Bolzano (it was a promise made before we left home!). Because of the position of the Winery it is very easy to get on and off the autostrada. We had a great time in Italy (well, who wouldn't!) and this accommodation was very suitable. We found your website to be the BEST EVER and the professional manner in which you deal with requests, make bookings and forward information is to be commended......not to mention the follow up after we arrived home!!
Thank you Jessica and thank you IN ITALY Online
We found the accommodation and the people delightful. I wish I had known before-hand about the pristine trout river that flows through the property as I would have taken some time to fish. A good quality venue although I think that the historical aspect is a bit over emphasized in your descriptions. We had two rooms that were nice but hardly could be described as historic with brand new furniture and a modern make-over. The restaurant recommendation was used. Full marks there. However for a simple meal close to the lodge you may like to mention Al Ponte which is only about 0.7 kms away. Good value and nice atmosphere. The owner speaks english. (Via Brolo Musella , tel : 045 8921364 ).
Our trip to Italy was fabulous!! We had a wonderful 2 weeks and driving around the country roads in Northern Italy was really not that intimidating. We figured out after a day or two that if the name of the place you were looking for wasn't on the sign just go straight. We asked for directions at a hotel once and they confirmed this by saying "Always go straight".
Verona Winery was a great choice. The 2 bedroom apartment was stunning. Lots of room, modern bathrooms, a nice kitchen and a very comfortable private library where we had internet access and English TV channels. Very beautiful grounds although a little close to the road for more noise than we were used to in Italy. The river that runs beside the winery was fascinating and our crazy Canadian Canuck husbands just had to go for a dip where they encountered freezing mountain temps and a strong current. Paulo had great recommendations for dinner. On our last day here we drove up into the mountains and found a great hiking trail off the road. On the way back down we just happened to drive by a Ferrari club rally. Of course we stopped and walked around a minimum of 50 bright red cars of every vintage. What a unique day! That day we also went for dinner just down the road from the Verona Winery, to a trattoria, we just happened to notice a ton of cars at. You would never know looking from the road a just a little gate in the wall but inside was a huge seating are both inside and out including a children's playground. The food was fantastic and very reasonable and the locals just kept streaming in. Sorry I can't remember the name but it was less than 5 minutes from the inn.
All in all, I would definitely recommend your website to anyone. I found it very helpful and all the destinations were very close to description and better than one could hope for. We would love to go back every year.
Bye for now and thanks again
Kim and Michael M.
Thanks for your e-mail. We had a wonderful time in Italy. A country of wonderful art, history, crazy drivers and gelato! We're already missing our daily fix of gelato!
Our accommodations for the most part were excellent. Verona Winery was a great place and just a short drive to Verona. Our hosts there were again very helpful and Paolo's wife hosted an excellent wine tasting for a small group of us. We would recommend this one too. Excellent restaurants recommended by our hosts were S. Briccio and Il Bosolo. We drove to Venice from here too - a fun place but don't think I'd want to stay spend more than a day there.
Overall, we had a wonderful holiday and thank you for your assistance in helping us to organize this.
It was a fabulous trip and we enjoyed our stay with Paolo and family at the Verona Winery. We had expressly planned the trip around the Opera in Verona for which we had two nights of reservations. We were a little concerned that we would be out of the city and too far away from the city and the Opera. As it turned out, this was one of the better decisions of the trip. Being away from Verona forced us to rent a car, which in turn meant that instead of being locked into Verona for that part of the trip, we could drive into Verona and see the Operas (drive easy; parking and walking to and fro not so easy!). We could, and did, also drive to Padova for the Giotto frescoes, Vicenza for the Palladian architecture, and all through the Veneto, the Dolomites and the Valpolicella wine country. Fabulous drives and restaurants, and ably supported by Paulo and his mother-in-law at the Verona Winery who were very helpful and knowledgeable. The amenities at the Winery were very good and very comfortable; would happily stay there again. Only two caveats: Winery was located closer to the road than we had realized, not a huge issue unless you are sensitive to occasional traffic noise; the second is more in the nature of a light-hearted word of warning, don't ask Paulo for directions! If you want to be sure of arriving, ask Paulo's mother-in-law. We had a number of interesting adventures trying to decipher P's directions in the dark, on unlit country roads. Summing up, your site was enormously helpful, as were Paulo et al and the Winery was great. We look forward to staying there again.
Thanks for your help.
Sorry for the delay in replying about the Verona Winery. Our stay there was probably one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Even the comprehensive website did not do it justice. Our hosts could not have been more accommodating - showing us around the winery, recommending walks and organising taxis to the opera.
I had an absolute wonderful vacation in Italy - a trip of a lifetime!! The Verona Winery was spectacular and surpassed all 3 of our expectations. The grounds and our room were absolutely beautiful!!! We were blown away by the generosity, helpfulness, graciousness and incredible hospitality of our hosts!! Paulo came right of to the driveway when we arrived and welcomed us to the Winery and carried our luggage up to our rooms. He proceeded to give us a wonderful tour of the grounds and explained how everything worked and gave us a great history as well. Further he recommended an amazing local restaurant (Il Coppiere) and made us a reservation. As well, we ordered a bottle of the Winery's wine and he came out with a tray of breads and served us on the outdoor patio.
Breakfast was truly incredible as well. We all fully expected the typical continental breakfast but boy were we wrong!! The tables were beautiful and the display of all the wonderful cold meats, fresh jams & preserves, fruit, cereal, and juices, etc were absolutely scrumptious!!! And we loved ordering our fresh cappuccino's and the puppy dogs were absolutely adorable!!
In closing, I will be highly recommending this establishment to everyone I know and I will definitely be back myself!!
Thank you for the opportunity to send my feedback!!
We loved our stay at the Verona Winery - everything was above expectations. The part we loved best was the private tasting we had with the winemaker, this did cost us 10euro each but was well worth it and could be advertised better. We also loved the way we were allowed to walk up the hills and around the vineyard
I would like to thank you for all the help you gave us, when we did our bookings for Italy.
Verona Winery was amazing, the host was so helpful in fact went the further mile to assist us. The accommodation was really outstanding. We will certainly go back there again, hopefully for a longer stay next time. Verona is really interesting.
Thank you again for all the assistance you gave us, it was really appreciated.
Richard and Sandy B.
I will write you a more detailed account later but for now let me just say this place was fabulous. They have the quality of a Quintarelli or a Dal Forno amarone wine at supermarket prices. I predict this winery will go places in the next 10 years. They are into organics and studying the earth and hand picking every bunch of grapes. They are like their children. Maddalena and her father are purveyors of taste and mixing the right tastes. They are personably nice people and I wish them all the best. If anyone is looking for a place to relax and do day trips into the Valpolicella area, this is the place to accomplish that. I couldn't recommend them more.
Jay and Nancy C.
We had a fantastic time at the Verona Winery and will be recommending it to everyone. They have a wonderful setup and have approached the B&B with a very Italian Napa Valley style. You might let people know that they have 3 dogs (we loved 'em...Tina, Ali and Fibio). They also will do wine-tastings for 10E each and Maddalena gives an excellent tasting. The winery is quiet with miles of hiking trails and a fabulous view of the valley from the top of the hill above the Winery.
We'd recommend the Enoteca Cangrande in Verona for a good wine experience (Via Dietro Listone, 19/D). We were in Verona searching out Amarone and Giuliano was a great host. Some of the best food we had too.
It was a great experience and we had a wonderful time. We'll use In Italy again...as soon as we can go back.
We were delighted with our stay at the winery. We had booked for 3 nights but in fact extended our stay for a further 3 nights. We found that it was such a convenient location for accessing so many major sights - Verona, Mantua, Vicenza, Padua, Trento, 'Palladio country', that there was no need to move on and book other accommodation.
For us, the winery provided a perfect base. Having a small sitting area as well as the bedroom meant that we could relax in comfort and have a rest from all the sightseeing. The breakfasts were an absolute delight and Paulo extremely helpful with any request.
Thanks for the E Mail.
Firstly - the facilities and the welcome exceeded expectations - it was wonderful, and we wished we had been able to stay there longer.
The facilities now include free use of bikes - and we were able to find a quiet traffic free route along the canal for a peaceful evening excursion. We found this route by accident - Paulo had not mentioned it to us so this might be something for him to point out to future guests. Part of the same route also had a "trim track". We also tried the canoe - great fun for the relatively short length of the river that can be paddled upstream from the property.
The wine was great! and when we asked for a bottle on our first evening we got one served chilled (it was white wine !) complete with good quality glasses and some excellent savoury nibbles. Nothing seemed too much trouble
We shall definitely go again and make sure that next time we allow more time to savour the many delights. No time for a full tasting of all their various products - but we have brought some home and await a suitable special occasion to try the Amarone!
Verona Winery was absolutely fantastic. The restored buildings were well kept and the grounds meticulous. Our rooms were beautifully decorated and quite luxurious. We were quite pleased that they had a communal living room with Internet access. We also had the opportunity to explore the vineyards and the forest area around the inn. What a wonderful place! Our hosts were most accommodating and served a very pleasant breakfast in their indoor/outdoor (depending on the weather) dining room. Since B&B is only a ten-minute drive to Verona, we would highly recommend it for those who like to be near a big city but who don't want to stay in it. We were also fortunate to obtain tickets to the opera at the Roman Arena which was a real treat. All in all, Verona is a wonderful city and Verona Winery a great place to stay.
Kathleen C. P.
Our family had a wonderful stay at Verona Winery. The grounds and setting are beautiful. The location is very convenient to Verona, maybe a 15 minute drive out from the city center to the countryside. We only stayed three nights, and felt we didn't have enough time to hike the many acres surrounding the winery, swim in the pool, canoe down the crystal clear stream, nor enjoy any lazy days in the hammock. Our family of five stayed in the largest apartment in the B&B. It was built in the 1400's. It was very comfortable with a kitchenette, dining area, two baths, master bedroom upstairs, and two pull-out sofas on the main floor. (We also had a roll-away bed brought in for our third child.) The accommodations were very spacious and decorated with excellent taste. Our weather was quite warm, so we had to turn on the only AC unit up in the master bedroom to try to cool the two floor apartment. Since our children didn't complain about not being able to sleep due to the heat, we figure the cooler air made its way downstairs during the night.
The hosts, Paulo and his wife, are very caring and interesting. Paulo is from Brazil, while his wife is from Italy. Paulo's wife conducted a wonderful wine tasting session for about 8 of us. We would highly recommend your guests take part in this treat. I believe it was $10/person. We tasted every wine they market and sell all over the world. We also got to taste the two balsamic vinegars and olive oils made at the winery. Complete with sausage, cheese and crackers, it was a delightful 1.5hrs wine tasting. Paulo helped us pack up several bottles from their winery to transport with us back to Arizona.
Verona is a neat city to explore. Parking is free on the weekends, so it was easy to drive into the city and park. We toured the city, visiting many churches, the village tower, and Romeo and Juliette's balcony. Probably the highlight of our time spent in Verona was going to the opera Aida in the amphitheater. We were sitting on seats almost 2000 years old, with local Veronesi on either side. The opera started at 9pm and went until midnight. Our three children (ages 10, 12,& 14) made it almost to the end before falling asleep on our shoulders. Ticket pricing was extremely reasonable and we enjoyed a real taste of local culture. A lot of the shops and markets are closed on Sundays, so shopping is better done on other days. Also, most shops do close during the traditional European afternoon lunch hours. Paulo is good to advise his clients on shopping and excursion hours. He's also a good source for local dining ideas.
There are several dogs and cats at the B&B. Our children loved sitting with the dogs and getting their "pet" fix while away from home. We thought the whole experience was wonderful. As usual, In Italy has great recommendations for places to stay and we feel you can happily recommend Verona Winery to your interested patrons.
Kathy and David S.
I highly recommend the Verona Winery B & B. The setting is incredible. The owners are so warm and gracious as well as helpful. I would go again in a heartbeat and recommend it without hesitation.