Valpolicella is a hilly area located north-west of Verona just 15 km from Lake Garda, which extends for 240 km and includes eight municipalities: Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo, Dolcè, Marano di Valpolicella, Negrar, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, San Pietro in Cariano and Pescantina. It is an area that is well known and appreciated for its wine production and much more.
The favourable climate and the breathtaking landscapes, enriched by luxuriant vineyards and architectural and natural beauties, make it a particularly attractive area. Visitors, especially lovers of wine and good food, have the opportunity to embark on a fascinating gastronomic journey… from the producer to the consumer. For centuries, this area has dedicated itself to viticulture by creating renowned red wines such as Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore and Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto. During the year there are numerous events which give visitors the opportunity to discover the local traditions through wine tastings and sampling of local dishes.
Top 10 Things to Do & See in Valpolicella
The village of Molina
Located in the Regional Park of Lessinia, Molina is a small medieval village that has been able to preserve the great abundance of water that has always been the primary source of wealth of the country. In the past, such a resource was used by the numerous mills as a driving force and today, the exuberance of the Progno stream is enclosed in the Cascate Park.
In the ancient village of Cavalo there is a church dedicated to San Zeno, built in an area considered sacred to the ancient Romans. Of the original structure, dating back to the 12th century, only the white limestone bell tower remains. The church underwent renovations in the 1400s and in the 1700s, when it was raised and substantially modified in its structure. The view from the square in front of the church is beautiful, embracing the valley towards the village of Monte up to Lake Garda.
Lessinia National Park
This natural park was built in the 19th century and is home to numerous natural phenomena, museums and an information center. It is a spectacular natural oasis of approximately 80 thousand meters which boasts enchanting waterfalls, ponds and lush vegetation.
San Giorgio di Valpolicella
The three-nave church is among the most important Romanesque buildings in the Veneto province. Built between the 8th and 11th centuries, it’s most distinct features are the double apses and the numerous frescoes.
San Floriano Church
This 10th century church is among the most beautiful Romanesque buildings in Valpolicella and it’s characterized by the smooth stone facade which gives it a unique style.
Chiesa San Pietro
The Church of San Pietro in Arbizzano was built in the 17th century on top of the ruins of a Christian temple. The bell tower is visible from afar and next to the church there is a small museum, where objects and finds from the Roman and Lombard periods are exhibited.
Pojega Garden of Villa Rizzardi in Negrar
Villa Rizzardi stands out among the sumptuous and ancient villas of Valpolicella with the majestic Pojega Garden created by Luigi Trezza. It is an example of an Italian garden, arranged on three levels and covers an area of 5.4 hectares. Inside, among the suggestive avenues, you can admire a small temple with characters from mythology, the small temple of stalactites, the citrus garden, and even a secret garden.
Villa Del Bene
This elegant villa, located in Vorlagne, deserves to be visited. It boasts a splendid variety of frescoes which adorn the staircases and numerous rooms.
The splendid Villa Mosconi is located in Arbizzano di Negrar. The construction dates back to the eighteenth century and today is home to the Bertani winery. The long hall is used as a museum and there are numerous frescoes and statues. We recommend a walk through the vast vineyards and in the garden surrounding the villa.
The paths of Covoli di Marano
North-west of Marano di Valpolicella, on the watershed of the Fumane valley, two caves have been discovered (Coalo del Diaolo and Buso Streto), used in prehistory as a shelter and burial place. They are two karst caves rich in limestone concretions that can be reached through a path along meadows and woods. The caves have numerous limestone concretions, mainly stalagmites and they are also of particular geometry, inside we find animals, insects and traces of human settlements of archaeological value.