The history of the Due Torri Hotel starts at the beginning of the 14th century, when it was known as the ‘All’Aquila’ Palace (the Eagle Palace): the choice of this symbol is related to the Scala Family and, in particular, to Cangrande I, imperial Vicar, the first who insert the symbol of the Hapsburg eagle in his family’s coat of arms. The palace, bought by the Bordieri Family, became a hotel in 1674, hosting the likes of Mozart and Goethe. In the 19th century, the hotel was renamed as the Grand Hotel Imperiale and it was theatre of historical events as the crowning of the exiled King Louis VXIII of France and the signing of the Peace Treaty of Villafranca. From one of the hotel’s balconies, Garibaldi talked to the people of Verona. After some ups and downs, the Due Torri finally became a luxury hotel again thanks to the commitment of Enrico Wallner, an illustrious landowner of Verona.
Wallner appointed Pino Casarini, one of the most important Italian fresco artists of the past century, to realize the pearl of art that today is the flagship of the structure: the Arena Casarini. The meeting room has been recently refurbished and reopened to public. Recent renovations have brought to light the magnificent frescoes representing circus allegories of acrobats, tightrope walkers, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, dancers and lion tamers, as well as horses, dogs, monkeys, a bear, an elephant, a giraffe and a camel: these are the protagonists of this whirlwind of colours and joy.