Everything we needed in a home!


After fighting traffic noises in Rome, museum crowds in Florence, and aggressive panhandlers on the train, we were a little frazzled by the time we arrived at the train station of Verona. Ginevra, the owner of Villa Verita, came to pick us up in her station wagon. Although it was not in her contract to provide transportation, we were very glad that she did because it was such a relief for all of us not having to drag our luggage around in the hot sun, jostle for taxi, fumble with our maps, or decipher the Italian signs at the bus stop. Ginevra is graceful and very low-key. She did not push for products or restaurants. She gave us all the instructions we needed when we checked in and did not bother us for the rest of our stay, except when we asked for help with taxi and dinner reservations. The studio was tastefully decorated and had everything we needed in a home: a fully equipped kitchen, a clean bathroom and linen, a washing machine (no dryer), comfortable beds and sofas, air conditioning, ceiling fans, WIFI, TV, and a bookshelf full of travel and art books. There was also a couple of sitting areas in the garden by the flowers under the towering spruce trees. What we liked most about this place is its location in a quiet countryside, surrounded by dreamy vineyards, but only 10 minutes from Verona, close to tourist sights and local hangouts such as Lake Garda. Bus stops, restaurants, grocery stores, local wineries are all close-by, within walking distance. We also enjoyed learning about the history of this villa and its lineage to the poet Dante Alighieri. The only thing negative is its stairs. There are two sets: one is stone, wide and uneven; the other, flimsy metal, narrow and spiral, which may be cute to look at but very impractical to use, especially if you have large heavy luggage. It didn't bother us, or maybe just a little. It would not be suitable for people with physical disabilities. We will definitely go back though and stay much longer next time.

Tsujan July 2014