In the south-western part of the Veneto region, the Verona province borders with the eastern shore of Lake Garda, with beautiful landscape, small villages with colorful houses and magnificent.
Here, you would find castles, towers, hermitages, monasteries, sanctuaries and ancient Romanesque churches, as evidence of considerable artistic and historical past.
Plus, the Lessinia area, with its Regional Park, and Mount Baldo mark the passage from the Po Valley to the Alpine area.
It is the ideal background for trekking and excursions among beech woods, prairies, olive groves, vineyards and orchards.
This environment of exceptional value that has earned the Baldo the name of Hortus Europae – the garden of Europe.
Moreover, in the heart of the Verona province, the Valpolicella is a land of history and flavors.
Here, the numerous historic villas live hand in hand the wine making tradition, a true characterizing element of the territory.
The Valpolicella fine wines are famous all over the world for the particular wine-making techniques, which is unique in Italy.
Finally, the Basso Veronese area offers slow life rhythms, silent places, changing colors, a dimension now almost forgotten.
History, nature, flavors, sports, itineraries, ancient places of faith: the Verona province offers really a wide choice to fulfill your expectations.
The starting point is the “City of Lovers”, with its historic Arena, the third Roman amphitheater in Italy, which in the summer becomes the stage of Ballet events, Rock shows and Opera concerts.
Yet, Verona is also famous in the world for being the “city of lovers”: don’t miss the Juliet’s house with the famous balcony, recalling “Romeo & Juliet”, the troubled love story by Shakespeare.
A UNESCO site since 2000, the city is a splendid example of urban, architectural and artistic integration of the different historical periods that have occurred over a period of 2,000 years.
Piazza Erbe is the maximum expression: architecture of the Roman, medieval and Renaissance periods harmoniously integrated with those of the Scala period and the nineteenth-century buildings.
Piazza dei Signori is another example of perfect historical stratification just like the Castelvecchio Fortress, the seat of the Museum of Modern Art.
On the other side of the river you can admire the remains of the Roman Theater (the Arena) where today, as in the past, important theatrical events are held such as the Shakespearean Festival and the Verona Jazz Festival, Ballet Shows, Opera Concerts and Rock Events.
From the theater you can access the Archaeological Museum that exhibits sculptural and decorative elements and a large objects dating back to the period of Roman domination.
The Giusti Garden, one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance gardens, is an example of landscape art so beautiful that it has been declared a national monument.
Among the most valuable religious buildings, the Duomo was recently restored, and the superb frescoes and marble surfaces in the interior are back to their former splendor.
The Romanesque San Zeno Maggiore Basilica is worth a visit, as well as the San Fermo Maggiore Basilica with two overlapping Romanesque buildings.
The Verona province is dotted with many further art treasures.
Firstly, sumptuous villas and imposing castles you can meet along the Venetian banks of Lake Garda, like Villa Albertini one of the most rich Medieval houses with a large park with tree-lined avenues, waterfalls and fountains.
Then, don’t miss the Castles of Bevilacqua and Villafranca and the Valpolicella area with its Palladian villas, as heritage of the Venice domination: today, many of them are the headquarters of important wineries.
Plus, when visiting Lessinia, the Veja Bridge is a monumental natural work of prehistoric origin, the largest natural bridge in Europe.
Moreover, the Mount Capriolo Grotto is an underground route of 200 meters through beautiful stalagmites, stalactites and white calcite flows.
Furthermore, moving on the northern shores of Lake Garda, you enter the marvelous landscape of Monte Baldo, where a modern cable way (a unique plant in the world) is equipped with a rotating cabin to admire a breathtaking 360° view.
Finally, the beautiful landscapes of the Lower Verona province allow lovers of river scenery to take scenic walks along waterways designed natural trails.
Lake Garda is well known for activities like windsurfing, kite-surfing, sailing, fishing, scuba diving, boating, water skiing, etc.
Yet, while the largest Italian lake offers so much fun on its clear waters, you could explore many itineraries by mountain bike, on horseback or on foot, crossing the green valleys or paths of the surrounding mountains.
Climb on the Lessinia and Monte Baldo cliffs overlooking the lake, hang gliding and paragliding over the wonders of this land.
In winter, a white and soft blanket of snow will become the ideal gym for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe hikes.
For more relaxing activities, many naturalistic areas scattered around are the ideal destination for birdwatchers to observe and photograph different rare specimens of flora and fauna.
And for kids of all ages, both Gardaland with its many spectacular attractions, and the Parco Giardino Sigurtà, one of the most extraordinary gardens in the world.
Cavour Park with the “Movieland Park” is the first amusement park in Italy dedicated to the cinema world and special effects.
If “God had made only water, but man made wine”, as Victor Hugo wrote, Verona gave birth to Vinitaly, the most important event dedicated to wine production, a must for all passionate.
The land of Soave, Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto famous wines offers also a refined and delicious gastronomy, based on simple but tasteful dishes, rigorously made with high quality products.
If you’re looking for the typical dishes, don’t miss the Boiled Beef seasoned with a special hot sauce, the Polenta Pastissada, Gnocchi, Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans), Duck, and Guinea Fowl meat with Peverada sauce.
Moreover, the Verona cuisine offers many dishes based on fish, thanks to the presence of Lake Garda.
Among the desserts, the famous Pandoro is typical of the Christmas period, together with the Panettone from Milan.
Furthermore, the Verona province has a remarkable production of olive oil, asparagus, chestnuts, truffles, cheese and tortellini, especially from Valeggio sul Mincio.
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