Verona, the province and Lake Garda
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The city of Verona and the hill
This is the shortest itinerary, tracked to take you to some of the iconic sights of the city itself as well as to the city’s hill. “Colle San Pietro” (St. Peter’s Hill) extends over the north side of the city, and it’s also the most southern point of the Lessini Hills, an extension of the Verona’s Prealps along with Mount Baldo.
One of Verona’s most charming sights are the Massimiliane Towers (also known as Torricelle), an ensemble of 4 Austrain-built towers (est. 1837) expanding over the area of Santa Giuliana. The tourism industry of the area evolves around the local history, monuments and the iconic sights, local wines and foods of all sorts.
The south-east of Lake Garda and the "Moreniche Hills”
This itinerary is the link in between Lake Garda with its outstanding lake-side towns and the west-southern part of Verona, via the extensions of the natural "Morenico” amphitheatre. This is definitely one of the most beautiful and historical areas of the region Veneto. Another pearl of the lake is Valeggio sul Mincio, prime source of the river Mincio, located south of the lake. One thing you can’t miss out is Borghetto, one of most popular medieval boroughs of Italy.
Mount Baldo and “Valpolicella”
Mount Baldo is a prominent mountain chain, the Gardesane Prealps located in between Trento and Verona. Valpolicella is directly associated with the wine culture at an extremely high level and reputation, home of the “DOC”, made of 3 different grapes: Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella. Beside the wine “Valpolicella”, the “Valpolicella Classico” is also made exclusively in the area, and the “Valpolicella Ripasso” made of a different grape and with a different fermentation process.The most iconic and worldwide known style is the “Amarone”, first bottled in 1936, also known as Recioto Amaro o Recioto Secco.
Pantena Valley, North Lessinia and Veja’s Bridge
The area known as “Valpantena” is another extension of the Valpolicella. It also has a huge reputation in terms of its food and wine history. This area extends over the northern side of Verona, and it is widely acclaimed for the production of olive oil and animal husbandries. Moving further north, you’ll find the "Lessinia Regional Park”, only describable with words such as "paradise on earth”. The park includes all of the Verona’s hills apart from Mount Baldo. “Veja’s Bridge” - located 620m above sea level- it’s Europe’s biggest natural arch with over 40 meters of extension, 9 meters deep and 20 meters width.
Squaranto Valley and Mezzane Valley
“Squaranto’s Valley” is third biggest valley of the Verona surroundings, after Val Lagarina and Val d’Illasi. Since the 1950s, the road known as “Pissarota” was the only access to the North Lessinia from the Montorio.
Mezzane Valley - located at the base of the Lessinia Hills, it’s flat as well as formed by minor hills. It is renomated and widely known for its wines, such as the Valpolicella DOC, the Amazon and Recioto DOC. It’s also well known for its extra virgin olive oil.
The Illasi Valley and D’Alpone Valley
The Illasy Valley belongs mostly to the Veneto region and Verona’s surroundings. Crossing it for almost its entirety is a stream known as Progno, although is usually empty or with barely any water running. This are is also known for the Valpolicella Doc, Amarone and Recioto DOC.
The D’Alpone Valley get its name from the local river, with its source streaming form the council of Vestenenova, known for its rich history in areas such as Bolca e Ronca’ and for wines such as Soave Classico, Monterforte d'Alpone and the Durello, for the local cherries and olive oil.