The province of Verona encompasses an extraordinary land, ideal to be experienced all year round. Art and culture are surrounded by the splendour of nature and the beautiful villages and cities.
Starting with Lake Garda: a territory to discover through the natural beauty of its shoreline, surrounded by picturesque hills dotted with olive trees, up to the high slopes of Monte Baldo, majestically reflected on the lake's surface, which can be reached from Malcesine via a spectacular cable car. Each town on Lake Garda holds a treasure for visitors to discover: from the Venetian fortifications in Peschiera del Garda, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the medieval castles in Lazise, Torri del Benaco, and Malcesine. From the traditional port in Brenzone sul Garda to the unexpected artisan shops in Bardolino, up to the incredible sunsets viewed from Punta San Vigilio in Garda.
The territory features a culinary tradition to savour: from the delicate fragrances of the lake - where fish, oil and wine reign supreme - to the bolder mountain flavours, without forgetting the famous tortellini from Valeggio sul Mincio, a historic village in the hinterland of Lake Garda. And that's not all: Lake Garda is home to the highest concentration of theme parks in Italy, including Gardaland and its exciting attractions, offering entertainment for the whole family.
The Valpolicella region is not far away. It is an enchanted place nestled between Valdadige, Lessinia and the Plain of Verona, where history and art are surrounded with sublime wines: Amarone, Recioto, Valpolicella Ripasso and Valpolicella Classico are among the most popular specialities. The hilly landscape, characterised by dry-stone walled terraces and covered with vineyards, sets the stage for various activities: bike or horse rides among the rows of vines, yoga lessons in an olive grove, cooking lessons to learn how to make homemade pasta, and tasting delicious freshly picked cherries. Visitors will fall in love with its slopes, ravines, waterfalls, magnificent wineries, and historic villas, leaving their hearts behind when they go.
Travelling north, visitors can immerse themselves in the nature of Lessinia. Lessinia Nature Park is located on the upper plateau of the Lessini Mountains, stretching up to the slopes of the Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites). Sinkholes, caves and natural bridges dug into the rock offer visitors an extraordinary experience. The many fossil deposits scattered along the plateau include the famous sites at Bolca-Pesciaia and Monte Postale, making the park a paradise for palaeontology and archaeology enthusiasts. Visitors who want to admire an authentic rock city must take a walk through the Valle delle Sfingi (Valley of the Sphinxes). Nature has shaped huge boulders reminiscent of anthropomorphic profiles and expressions, thanks to the prevalent erosion throughout the Venetian Prealps. Lessinia affords spectacular views over Lake Garda, the Monte Baldo mountain range, the Adamello glaciers, the Trentino mountains, the peaks of the Little Dolomites, and the Venetian Plain.
Descending towards the Plain, visitors will find another incredible, bountiful and fascinating region: Soave - Est Veronese. Visitors to the area are immersed among hills dappled with vineyards, framed by villages and valleys that evoke times gone by. Soave is the name of the enchanting medieval village, which, according to legend, owes its name to the poet Dante Alighieri who was intoxicated by the beauty of the place, its wine, and the hospitality of its inhabitants. Soave's imposing castle and ancient medieval walls are preserved in an excellent condition, climbing from the plain below as if embroidered onto the surrounding green slopes. Its four wonderful valleys are magical places ready to be discovered: Val di Mezzane, Val d'Illasi, Val Tramigna, and Val d'Alpone. Visitors will be amazed by the villas, churches, ancient manor houses and jealously preserved natural beauty and enticed by the authenticity of its food and wine products.
Finally, the Pianura dei Dogi offers visitors the chance to indulge in the calm and tranquillity, resting their eyes on the geometrically sectioned landscape, like tiles in a colourful mosaic. Spectators are left speechless by the combination of the green of its crops, the blue of the Adige river and the many smaller watercourses, the deep black of its mineral soil, and the white of the herons perched on the edges of the rice fields. The area is strongly characterised by its local hospitality, where traditional, simple, but bold flavours are an essential part of the journey. The rural courtyards, with their haylofts and large barns, reveal all their authentic beauty and invite visitors to stop under their porticoes. Visitors can continue to explore the Romanesque churches, castles and fortifications, first built by the Della Scala family, then the Venetians followed by the Austrians, proof of the strategic importance that this land has always possessed.