One of the many wineries North of Verona in the Volpolicella region, Conteforte was a great tasting experience. Located in Fumane, the winery is beautiful, yet still simple. The walls on the tasting room are full of awards. Our host was very nice, and we were served a selection of cheeses and salume that was delicious with the excellent wines, the Volpolicella, Ripassa and Amarone.
The cathedral of Valeggio sul Mincio - ca. 10km from Verona
The cathedral of Valeggio sul Mincio looks almost a bit strange from outside, as it does not even have a campanile / belfry. Almost no decorations at all and a facade consisting just of red bricks.
From inside it looks a lot better and you may eneter it freely and without restrictions during the day. Take a look at my next picture, the church is also a great and cool place to relax on a hot summerday !
The interior of the cathedral in Valeggio sul Mincio looks a lot better than the outside of the church. You will not find any famous works of art inside that church, but on the total I think it is a nice combination of paintings, decorations and solid columns and also a great and perfectly cool place to relax on a hot summerday.
When you click on my picture, you will see that the large organ is on the left side of the church, next to the pulpit.
Visconti-bridge is more than 600 years old
This is Visconti-bridge seen from the castle of Vallegio del Mincio and you can as well see that the medieval town was once surrounded by 2 seperate walls and of course there were these walls also on top of the bridge.The Visconti-bridge is more than 600 years old. In 1993 it had it's 600th birthday and there was a big celebration with thousands of small tables in a row along that street, and all the guests had a meal there togeather. In Hotel Eden they had a brochure with a picture of this event, taken in the evening, all tables with candles - a really romantic event.
GARDALAND - a great amusement-park close to Verona
Gardaland is some sort of a theme-park with rollercoasters and other attractions like in Disneyland. We passed by it on our way to Valeggio sul Mincio and it seemed to be quite large and also quite popular with plenty of cars and buses at the carpark.
Gardaland is maybe not my personal favorite activity in the area around Verona, but in case that you are travelling with children, it might be a good idea to go there as well !
Valeggio sul Mincio is a small town in the west of Verona, where we had our big VT-Meeting in May 2005.
There is an interesting castle, some remains of the medieval townwall and the river Mincio of course. I wish I had more time to explore this lovely place, especially as they have also a famous park , but we finally did not have enough time to get inside and decided to take the coast-road along the Lago di garda instead.
20 or so minutes North of Verona is the Valpolicella wine district. The specialities in the region are the Valpolicella, Ripaso and Amarone wines....although some to a very good Soave. We contacted the Brigaldera Winery and were offered over eight different wines to taste. The were delicious. Our host worked the winery (I think he appreciated the time off to help guests), and was very informative about the wines. The wine area is very pretty. Be sure to e mail them or call first for reservations.
We came across this sculpture whilst attempting to find Juliet's 'tomb' (which isn't Juliet's tomb at all, of course....she wasn't a real person!).
It completely bemused the FW, who said 'Romeo and Juliet weren't Chinese were they? Those look like Chinese clothes!'
Fortunately, my appalling Italian was sufficient to translate the inscription beneath the sculpture. The figures are Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the 'Romeo and Juliet of the East'. The statue was given to Verona in 2008 by the Liang-Zhu cultural Park in Ningbo, China.
So now you know! :-)
You'll find it at the (now closed..you go in another way) entrance to 'Juliet's tomb', off Via Del Pontiere.
Bolca is a tiny village on the mountains of Verona (NW from the town), but it is well known all over the world by naturalists for its fossiles.
A real gold mine of perfectly shaped fossils including marvellous fishes, insects, plants come back to life when the limestone in wich they were buried by the nature on the bottom of a sea laggoon is split.
Just google for images "bolca fossiles" to understand what i mean.
The example in my picture is just a tiny insignificant fossile that was once given as a gift to my family.
The museums are full of the wonders.
The fossiles date back to the Eocene period (around 50 millions of years ago) and they was extarcted in the last century by the Cerato local family, who built up in Bolca a very nice museum of fossiles.
But there are maybe 30 or 40 kms to go there from Verona (see pic #4 for a basic map). If you want to enjoy a wonderful collection of Bolca fossiles you can just stay close to the city center of Verona (Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 9, opposite side of the river Adige from St Fermo church), and visit the MUSEO DI STORIA NATURALE (open Monday to thurday and saturday 9AM / 7 pm, closed on friday, sunday 2 pm to 7 pm entrance 3 euro). It is well worth a visit, and it is open on monday, when most of the other museums are closed.
To know more about the fossies read the article in PDF you will open from the link below under "website".
There was an apartment house with the wall where the fresco painting was drawn. Paints are painted with the fresco painting before mortar still dries so that it t soaks into the wall very well and it seems to endure wearing out easily even if passing at years.
When you leave the city center you will find some pleasant shady streets, but also some drab ones such as the Via IV novembre (named after the Italian victory over the Austro-Hungarian army in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, which ended on November 4, 1918, near the end of the First World War).
When I was there this street was blocked off and they were busy repaving it and making a small reduction in the number of parking spaces to allow for the planting of some grass and trees.
This will no doubt make the street more pleasant and more livable, but it is not a major re-allocation of public space such as you can see in Paris, for example. The sidewalks here in Verona will not be much wider than they were before, and the lanes for automobile traffic will not be much narrower.
Second photo: Poster with before and after pictures of the Via IV novembre.
The charming little city Valeggio sul Mincio is situated on the boundaries between two regions Lombardy and Veneto south of Lake Garda. The Mincio valley that crosses the town from north to south offers a wonderfully picturesque view. It's one of the most lovely green areas of Italy.
The town Valeggio sul Mincio is dominated by the Scaligero Castle. At walking distance from the centre of Valeggio sul Mincio is the hamlet of Borghetto, a very picturesque tiny village. In Borghetto you can still see some remains of the defensive system of the medieval fortress guarding the Visconti Bridge, like this scenic tower in the middle of the hamlet. Over the centuries all those medieval fortifications have kept their impressive character.
In May 2005 Valeggio sul Mincio was the place were the first official European VT meeting was organised. For more infromation have a look at my Valeggio sul Mincio page.
Outside the church is a small cloister and along one wall are the remains of more frescos. Maybe they had been white washed at some time, maybe they were never finished or maybe they are relatively recent, but what is there is part of a hidden story. There are two outstretched hands, one giant wing and the head and fore paws of a mythical creature. The creature is sideways to the viewer with its nose right down to the ground, a large eye and distinct nose, and two powerful clawed feet which are pawing the ground.
Is this all that remains of a fresco of St George and the Dragon ? To whom do the outstretched hands belong ? This is a tale that is lost in time. There has been a religious site here since the Bronze age and in earlier pagan times.
This delightful little church was described by effeti on his Verona page, and looked so charming that we just had to drive out and find it. It is situated in the village of San Giorgio in the hills north-west of Verona about 15km from the city, and is known locally as San Giorgio Ingannapoltron. The church dates back to the 12th century, but some of the stonework is about 400 years earlier. It was a Sunday and the church had been prepared for a service with decorations of white roses, an immaculate white lace altar cloth and fat white candles ready to be lit. The church contained some beautiful frescos, but was mostly very simple and possessed a serenity that can be hard to find in some of the grander city churches and cathedrals.
The statue of Dante Alighieri stands in Piazza dei Signori. The great Italian poet was hosted in the Scala Palace under the dominion of Cangrande I della Scala, when Dante was a "ghibellin fuggiasco". In 1865, the sixth centennial of the birth of Dante, as an initiative of the Academy of Agriculture and the Society of fine Arts, it was decided to erect a statue of dante in Piazza dei Signori.
Tremosine is a mountain-area in the northern part of the Lago di Garda and it makes a perfect dayexcursion from Valeggio sul Mincio. Tremosine is in a distance of maybe 100 km north of Valeggio.
I may highly recommend not to take the road directely on the foot of the coast, BUT to take some side-steps to the small villages high above the coastline at Tremosine !
Tremosine is certainly one of the best places to do so, BUT it is possible and advisable for drivers with XXX-strong nerves ONLY !!
I was really lucky that Lothar was driving, and he knew that area already, so I was able to take these pics out of the car, while he could concentrate upon the trafic in theses narrow and dangerous roads.
This picture was taken on the road down from Tremosine.
The road is mostly not wide enough for 2 cars passing by and you will have to search for places, where you may do so.
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