“Gorgeous romantic bolthole in Verona's old town, with spectacular views over the Adige river and Castelvecchio bridge (sleeps 2, self-catering)”
The apartment is a 50sq.m open-plan space, ingeniously carved into sections by mirrors, glass and curtains. As apartments go it's not huge, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in style: we loved the clean lines, brass fittings and mid-century modern furniture, including classic pieces by Osvaldo Borsani and Vittorio Nicolis.
Every last detail has been obsessed over to enhance the guest experience - the lime ceiling is coated with wax to reflect the flowing water of the river outside, and the special linoleum flooring is made from linseed oil and jute fibres, which have a gorgeous smell and are warm and pleasant to touch. Even the wallpapers are luxurious, made from soft, washable fabrics.
A superbly comfortable Silvio Cavatorta bed dominates the bedroom, with crisp linens and a gold lacquered headboard. A mural-style feature wall of moody clouds is offset by suspended black tube lighting and sunshine-bright cushions, and the bed looks directly into the glass-cube shower bathroom, which can be curtained off for modesty - or not! (There's a separate loo.)
The living area is cleverly zoned by peacock-blue and gold patterned wallpaper. Two 'Lady' armchairs by Arflex - designed in 1951 by Marco Zanuso - take centre stage beside a nest of mirrored bronze coffee tables and a gold-topped cocktail shaker. There are potted orchids and succulents, cut-glass ornaments, and river views from each window. Beauty is everywhere.
A small but functional kitchenette houses all you need for basic self-catering, including an induction hob, a Nespresso coffee maker and a microwave (no oven). Olive oil, salt, pepper, coffee and sugar are provided. It was perfect for easy breakfasts and snack lunches, but we preferred to head out to local restaurants for most meals.
Pizzeria Vesuvio has riverside tables and great pizza and pasta; Pasticceria Castelvecchio is perfect for coffee and delicious cake. For something more sophisticated, try Vescovo Moro. Specialist Veronese dishes to look out for include risotto al tastasal (risotto with sausage meat), risotto all'Amarone (risotto flavoured with the region's richest red wine), bigoli (buckwheat pasta served with duck, donkey or salted sardines) and pandoro (an egg-yoke cake made in a star-shaped mold and served with chocolate sauce).