As soon as you step into the Hotel Accademia Verona, with its marble-panelled interiors and rooms decorated in red and gold, you know you're in a place with a long and storied history. Naturally, with this being Italy, much of its lore involves the most Italian of art forms - opera.
The hotel's name derives from the fact that it was built on the site of the Accademia dei Filotimi, which was built in 1565 to educate young noblemen. In 1797 it was transformed into an inn, and later in 1880 it became the elegant Hotel Accademia Verona on the exclusive Via Mazzini that it remains as today.
The next phase in the hotel's history involves a world-renowned tenor: the Veronese-born Giovanni Zenatello. Under his guidance, in 1913 the city's Arena assumed the role of the world's greatest open-air opera venue.
Zenatello acquired the hotel and it soon became 'the place' to stay for visiting operatic luminaries such as Maria Callas, who had met Zenatello in New York. We were honoured that she chose our hotel as her base in the city while performing masterworks such as Ponchielli's La Gioconda in the Arena in the 1940s.
The Verona Summer Opera Festival is a tradition that continues to this day, with some half a million opera lovers streaming into the city each year. The prime location of our hotel in Verona - that's just a few minutes walk from the Arena - the Hotel Accedemia is the hostelry of choice for discerning music buffs.
A Fine Blend of the Traditional and Modern
When you stay at the Hotel Accedemia in Verona, you're enjoying the heritage of centuries of style, tradition and stories. However, while retaining all that's best about the past, our 4-star hotel in Verona offers everything the modern guest requires. Today's leisure and business visitors can enjoy a fitness centre with Technogym equipment and weights, meeting rooms, an outdoor sun terrace with loungers and wireless internet.
Our location is unsurpassed. Simply step out of the hotel onto Via Mazzini to experience its boutiques and designer shops. Verona Cathedral is just a 10-minute stroll away. Along with fast access to the Arena on Brà Square, our hotel also commands a prime position close to the renowned Erbe Square with its chic cafes and also Giulietta's House with its legendary balcony of Shakespearean fame.
When you visit Verona, stay with us for a unique sense of tradition, a sublime location, impeccable service and all the modern facilities the discerning traveller could ever need.