The main attraction of Soave is the medieval castle. You can see an old drawbridge, a medieval, partly furnished house of 3 rooms where some old weapons and armours are displayed and climb the tower. The entrance ticket costs EUR 4,50
The Castle of Soave was medieval military structure which has been built over the ruins of an old Roman fortress. It belonged to the Count San Bonifacio of Verona in the 10th century and later became the property of the illustrious feudal lords named Greppi who handed it over the city-state of Verona in 1270 when they moved to Lombardy. The new family, the Scaligeri, renovated and enlarged it under the power of Mastino I della Scala, Mastino II della Scala and Cansignorio. After the Scaligeri dynasty, in 1387 the Visconti, a family from Milan, took over to be later sucseeded by the Carrara family, lords of Padua. In 1696 the Gritti family became the owner of the castle. Inthat period the fortress lost its original military importance and became a farm.
This place was ace. My client knew it well, plus he speaks a bit of Italian and that works really well.
Not sure what differentiates an "enoteca" from a restaurant or trattoria...
Atmosphere was great (only 1 table taken by touroids) and service efficient as well as friendly.
The food was really excellent. I had carpaccio of squid, then fillet steak and some kind of chocolate dessert. All spot on. A lovely bottle of red, followed by a glass of heavenly dessert white.
Could not be faulted (and I'm a fussy old git).
I wasn't allowed to pay, so can't comment on the prices. On the menu they seemed OK.
Favorite Dish: The steak in a Worcestershire sauce, served with mashed potato and fried lardons,
The whole region of Soave is the major producer of the very high quuality white wines, very known in Italy and abroad aswell.
Do not miss to taste the wine siting in the shadow of the medieval castle walls.
After our sumptious dinner (see resto tip) we were too full to retire immediately, so a stroll across the road for a digestif seemed the right thing to do.
My client has been visiting the area on business for years, so he knows where to go. Matleys is just across the square from the resto & hotel, so off we went.
Ideal for a late night drink. He got a friendly welcome and a white wine. I got the newcomer's greeting, and a beer.
€6 for the 2 of us, so not too tough on the wallet.
Dress Code: Naaaw!
After work, then a quick shower & change, beer was required.
We ended up here for 2 each before dinner. First one may not have touched my lips on the way down.
Most people drink wine in the cafe/bars there - so I'm told - but after a 4.15 am start, a long trip out (2 planes & a 90 minutes car journey), then 5 hours in a windowless boardroom, BEER was needed.
Friendly place, and they gave us crisps, olives plus bits of mortadella to soak it up.
Sitting outside with all that was a fun way to unwind, debrief and sharpen the appetite.
Dress Code: Get away...
Favorite thing: The Palace was built by order of Cansignorio della Scala im 1279 and later became the residence of the Soave magistrates and governors. During the Venetian Republic, it was the residence of the Captains. It currently houses the offices of the municipal authority.