Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the apartments, hotels, hostels, & B&Bs I stay in during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. The owners of this lovely hotel were kind enough to extend a complimentary stay in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
It’s one of those places I find myself over and over again. Anytime I’m passing through Italy, it seems to pull me back into its orbit. For Christmas markets or summertime operas, for pizzas with colleagues and quick stopover reminders of how much I simply love Italy.
And so when we needed a place to stopover halfway between northern Slovenia and the French Alps this autumn, Verona called to me yet again and we paused in our lengthy train journey to spend an afternoon and evening in the pretty walled city.
It was one afternoon and evening, far too short a time, but we took full advantage. I walked Chad around the impressive arena and through the cobbled old city streets. We had gelato and pizza and local wine. And then we retreated to our gorgeous, elegant hotel with its elegant decor, charming Italian balcony, and cloud-soft bed.
Said hotel was the elegant, luxurious Corte Realdi.
Located in the heart of Verona, but off a quiet side street without car traffic, Corte Realdi is what they call a “deconstructed hotel,” meaning that it’s a series of elegant rooms located in several quiet buildings in the historic center of the city.
This makes it feel homey, personal, and boutique–a merger of the luxury of hotel life and the quiet simplicity and local charm of truly living in a place.
Our room was spacious and grand, with a grand, old fireplace on one wall, a balcony draped in flowers and overlooking the distinctly Italian architecture of the neighborhood, a large, comfortable bed, and a spacious, modern bathroom.
In short, we loved it.
If you’re planning a trip to Verona, I recommend Corte Realdi wholeheartedly. Prices start around 165 euros per night and include breakfast at a nearby restaurant (sadly, we left too early to try the breakfast).
For another glowing recommendation of Corte Realdi, see Georgette’s lovely post about her 36 hours in Verona. And if you’re heading to nearby Venice, check out Walks of Italy’s excellent tours.
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