Valpolicella is set in a hilly area just before the Alps in the Veneto region, a few kilometres from Verona. The area is renowned all over the world for two reasons, firstly for its wines, especially Amarone, considered to be one of the best Italian red wines, and secondly, for its red marble Veronese. A unique feature of the area is its gorgeous villas, in fact, many actors and V.I.P’s have recently bought their houses in this part of the country. If you want to spend your holidays in Valpolicella or Verona and like the countryside and wine tasting, Valpolicella is the perfect place for you. Here are some historical tips:
Fumane Grotto - the presence of the humans has been confirmed since the Stone Age era by a grotto near the village of Fumane. Here, there is a refuge called Solinas, named after the man who discovered it, and where a Neanderthal man is said to have lived.
Pieve di San Giorgio - this small 7th century church has frescos and old remains inside. Although it is not particularly famous, it is one of the oldest remains of the province, in Romanesque style.
Pieve and cloister in San Floriano - is considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of Verona, probably dating back to the 12th century.
The historical sites of Valpolicella are fewer than in the centre of Verona and Lake Garda, but its historical wine connection is very important. If you plan to visit Valpolicella during your Verona holiday, we recommend asking us for wine tours and wine tastings, because spending a few hours in the Valpolicella cellars, inside old farms and historical houses in the countryside, is well worth while.