A long road of soft asphalt, two massive arches and then the arrival on the ancient "sampietrino": this is the main entrance, this is the way that leads straight to the heart of the city of Verona. And along those streets, in the past, the great protagonists of our culture and our history stopped here, where now, every year, millions of tourists walk. On all Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and writer who stayed in Verona, at the court of Can Grande della Scala, here he wrote "The Paradise", the third part of his "Divine Comedy." To him is also dedicated the ancient Piazza dei Signori in the heart of the old town. But also the Austrian musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the English writer Charles Dickens and Giosuè Carducci stayed in Verona.

But Verona is not only art, history and culture. Indeed, Verona thanks to the famous opera "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare is today the city of love for excellence around the world. “There is no world without Verona walls but purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence “banishèd” is banished from the world, and world’s exile is death. Then “banishèd”. So the English poet who never in his life he visited the city of Verona, wrote. He was able to revive it yesterday and now in the pages of his greatest tragedy.

Images of what was and the memories of the distant past can be breathed in every corner of the city. Above all in those streets where the asphalt has not yet taken the place of the ancient Roman paving stones and where the brightly colored houses silently observe the continuous flow of the waters of the Adige, the second-longest river and the third Italian in amplitude. Along the banks of its wide loop, were built in the past the first settlements. But the people of Verona thank the river for its importance and its prominent role in the commercial and industrial activities during the difficult post-war period.

Perhaps it is his extraordinary resistance, his strength and his ability to innovate, that makes Verona so magical and special. A splendid example of integration between elements and artistic structures from different eras that carry with them the architecture and the beauty of those moments of Italian history. An ancient city that, in the year 2000, in recognition of its importance, has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

But if these are the reasons why the world knows Verona, over 3 million tourists (fifth Italian city in sightseeing per year) choose the city for their holidays, for a short stay or just to spend a few hours in the crowded streets of the old town and for what the surrounding area has to offer. A great fun, with a wide choice of location and facilities. From the waters of the glamorous Lake Garda, to the beautiful landscapes of the hills, to the green valleys and the land of first quality wine and oil, in a cool retreat in the mountains of Lessinia.

Valpantena and Lessinia

The hills of Verona cover a vast territory, from the lake to the mountains, from the walls of the city to the countryside. The Lessinian prealps acts as a natural protection to the crops of Valpolicella and Valpantena, creating in these hilly areas a particular climates that provide unique crops as in many other parts of Italy. Towards the south, the sediments of moraines deposited by the constant movement of the glaciers that once dominated the landscape, have given rise to the moraine hills. Always appreciated since the noble Venetian families, these gentle slopes are enhanced with fabulous villas, castles and stately homes. Among all, the legendary Villa Arvedi, Grezzana, also chosen by Hollywood as location for international movies. Even the religious culture and architecture have always contributed to the social development of the hills of Verona, offering unique and fascinating monuments.

All surrounded by a series of local products among the most famous in Italy, including all the best oils and wines from Veneto that here have rooted the secret of their success. Talking about Verona and its hills, we have to mention its beautiful mountains, green scenery and landscapes of the vast areas of Lessinia. Lessinia commonly refers to the mountainous belt north of Verona, which extends between the Val d'Adige, the Valle Ronchi (Vallarsa, Trentino), the group of the Small Dolomites - Pasubio, the Agno Valley Chiampo and the high plains of Verona where several hilly ridges detach from the high central to immerse yourself in the alluvial plain forming blind valleys such as Valpolicella, Valpantena, Val Squaranto, Val d'Illasi, Mezzane, Val d'Alpone, Valle del Chiampo.

Visit and learn about Monti Lessini means to discover always something magical and new. Its history, its ancient extraordinary and simple art, in addition to the typical structures that can be seen among woods and green pastures, still preserve culture, customs and traditions of Cimbrian people that, since the thirteenth century, live there. And so the typical individual Alpine dairies, small and isolated districts, evidence the human presence in those areas that have long remained uninhabited until the fourteenth century and which were used as hunting areas for Gentlemen.

Nature and wild animals are still the real protagonists of the Lessinia mountains. That is the reason why in 1990 the upper part of these mountains was declared a protected area and it was inaugurated the Natural Park of Lessinia. It is an area of geological interest, an environment where sinkholes, caves, natural bridges, fascinate scientists and visitors. Notables are the spectacular karst phenomena such as the Ponte di Veja, the chasm of Spluga della Preta and the Covolo of Camposilvano. The fossil museum of Bolca – the Pesciara and the Monte Postale have instead provided finds of plants and animals from ocean and lagoon environments, today appreciable in the local fossil museum. Also the aspects of vegetation and faunal visitables in the museums of Lessinia and in the Environmental Education Center of Malga Derocon are very interesting.

The peculiarity of the Lessinia is his territory. The residential areas of the districts are scattered over the entire area and is one of the most interesting things to see. Wherever you are, wherever you are going, sooner or later you will be in front of one of the typical Lessinia districts with their visible stones, their dry stone walls, stone roofs and the inevitable gazing herd. But if the lands fill postcards, and hearts, even the larger municipalities have something typical to be discovered. A flash, a spark that differentiates them from each other. Easy to reach, but impossible to forget.

The lake Garda

Talking about the beautiful Verona we can not exclude its flagship: the Lake Garda. The Benaco, as it was called in ancient times, has marked the development and the history of the city, characterizing the climate and temperature, ensuring fresh entertainment during the summer months and attracting tourists in every season.

It is the largest body of water in Italy and it acts as a link between Trento, Brescia and Verona. The ancient name Benaco, which even today can be found in some places along its banks, was abandoned in the Middle Ages in favor of the name Garda, like the town situated on the Veronese side. The peace and beauty of these waters has fascinated even famous people, among them Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or the Italian Ugo Foscolo, who stopped in the beautiful and enchanting villas in the suburbs of the city overlooking Lake Garda today.

Rich in fish specialties such as trout and burbot, the lake is particularly suitable for those who love fishing or just to those who, lacking familiarity with hooks and reels, prefer to sit at a table to taste the flavors of fish dishes.

In recent years, Lake Garda has also linked his name to the theme parks that have been built. First of all, Gardaland, number one amusement park in Italy, but also the charming Parco Natura Viva, which is home to some of the most fascinating animals on the planet.


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