Centuries of history in one city.
At the heart of the area lies Verona, a splendid city of art, surrounded by the traces of its ancient history, splendid in its mythical dimension bestowed upon it by
the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and
Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, Venetian and Austrian traces can be seen all across the city, as well as antique palaces, squares, bridges and wonderful churches. In the historical centre, Piazza Bra and the Arena, Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, Via Cappello and Corso Porta Borsari lead to the Teatro Romano, Ponte Pietra, Castelvecchio, the Ponte Scaligero and the ancient churches of San Fermo and Sant’Anastasia, the Cathedral (Duomo) and San Zeno.
Elegant cafés and ancient osterie (typical inns of the Veneto territory), craftsman shops and high couture shops enliven city life all year long. Verona is a man-sized city which fascinates visitors with its elegance and its welcoming atmosphere, in which ancient and modern times meet.
The city’s past centuries of history and its past splendour are witnessed by its architectural and artistic masterpieces; its culture and art are well renowned on a national and international level. For this reason, in the year 2000 Verona was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Arena – Verona’s most famous monument, visited by tourists world-wide.
If you contemplate it in silence, it’s not difficult to imagine it crammed with spectators as in Roman times: all you need do is shut your eyes or go to see one of the splendid opera performances held here and the Arena will come magically to life.
Situated in 'Piazza Bra', the Amphitheatre was built in the first half of the 1st century A.D., in the period which marked the end of Augustus’ reign and the beginning of that of Claudius. It is the third largest amphitheatre in Italy, after the Colosseum and the amphitheatre of Capua.
Its elliptical shape produces perfect acoustics from every physical stand point in the arena and enhances its capacity to accommodate a great number of people.
Performances used to take place in the centre of the amphitheatre, the “harena” (hence the name) or the area covered in sand where gladiatorial combats were
held, the sand being used to absorb the blood of gladiators and animals.
In its “platea” and “cavea” the amphitheatre could contain 30.000 people. The amphitheatre consists of three concentric rings: only a brief section of the external ring remains – the so-called “Ala”.
The façade was built in limestone (white and pink in colour) from the Valpolicella quarries. Its original colour has come to life thanks to recent restoration. The second internal ring remains intact with its double tier of seventy-two arches.
Lake Garda, a real natural gem, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy and in the world.
South of the basin, at the heart of the morainic hills, are located Valeggio sul Mincio, Borghetto and Custoza, ancient villages where time seems to have stood still.
Walking along the lake or following the paths of the Riviera degli Olivi you can enjoy unparalleled panoramic overviews. Hamlets, medieval castles, museums devoted to local traditions and historical palaces represent renowned tourist destinations.
Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda, Torri del Benaco, Brenzone and Malcesine are located along the coast and offer more and more wonderful landscapes among vineyards, olive orchards and the crystal-blue water of the lake.
The hinterland bears witness to the glorious past of the area which is commemorated in villages, such as Rivoli Veronese and Pastrengo, as well as in many other villages immersed in beautiful green landscapes, such as San Zeno di Montagna, Caprino Veronese, Spiazzi and Ferrara di Monte Baldo.
Tranquillity and relax, sports and fun, nature and art, tradition and modern comforts satisfy the holiday wishes of the numerous tourists as well as of the visitors of this area all year long.
Garda's gulf is a real jewel and is characterised by its sky-blue color and Mediterranean vegetation. The gulf is enclosed to the North by Monte Luppia, whose slopes
plunge into the water to form the beautiful "Punta San Vigilio" the favourite haunt of celebrities who spent their holidays on the Riviera. To the south you'll find the ("Colle della Rocca": from
this vantage point (a path, winding its way through the vegetation, leads up to it) the view of the lake is breathtaking. It was on this "Rocca" that a medieval castle important enough to make
people change the lake's name from "Benacus" to "Lago di Garda".
On the hills which act as a backdrop to the lake lies Costermano and the nearby hamlets of Castion, Marciaga and Albaré. This is where noble families in former times built splendid palaces as holiday-homes, one of these is the magnificent Villa Pellegrini (at Castion) where concerts and theatrical performances are often held.
Cultural Events and Sports
The most important folkloristic and cultural events at lake Garda are related to its fishing industry: the "Palio delle Contrade" is a race held on the 15th of August in which boats compete, whilst the Sardellata at Pal del Vo' is a dinner, held on a boat in the middle of the lake by moon-light. This take place in July.
Live a blue colored dream from Malcesine up to the top of Monte Baldo. Admire the blue shades of both Lake and Sky melting into an amazing landscape offering a view in all its variety: From snow covered Alpine peaks to the rough profile of the closer mountains and the soft scenery of the lowlands. Here the cable car “flies” up to 1,800 meters altitude within only a few minutes. The rotating cabins, unique in the world, let you experience new emotions every time you go.
From west to east the Monte Baldo and the Lessinia mountanous region surround the province of Verona with their various and unique natural landscapes.
Observing Lake Garda sitting on a lawn covered by edelweiss, orchids or buttercups is a unique experience that can be enjoyed only on Monte Baldo. Ash trees, chestnut trees, beeches and fir trees invite you for quiet walks in green landscapes, where you might spot deers, chamoises, foxes and marmots. The Lessinia region, which originated from the depths of the sea many millions of years ago, unites art and culture in the characteristic stone villages of Prun, its ancient giassare (ancient ice houses), rocks, hidden caves, carstic abysses and limestone monoliths.
The natural attractions of the territory are strictly linked with its history, tradition and religious culture. Tranquillity and relax in quiet spaces represent the ideal location for a holiday immersed in nature at a short distance from Lake Garda or the city of Verona.
Standing guard over the lake, Monte Baldo with its impressive bulk (from the German "wald") is the nature-lover's paradise. Botanists have named it the "Hortus Europae", the garden of Italy and of Europe, an account of the exceptional variety of its plant-life.
The territory of Caprino Veronese, which covers a surface area of 48 square kilometres possesses a highly varied
The south-east you'll find a gently undulating landscape, dotted with vine-yards and a patchwork of fields, with small towns scattered here and there - an ideal setting for walks or bike rides. To the north, the landscape transforms itself into an alpine one, with Monte Baldo and the mountain paths winding upwards to summer pastures and the typical "malghe".
At a height of 900m above sea-level, you'll find Spiazzi, a natural balcony overlooking the Adige Valley and Lake Garda, surrounded by small towns which have preserved their medieval atmosphere. From Spiazzi, you can procede to the famous shrine of Our Lady of the Crown (Madonna della Corona), clinging to the mountain-side and now a famous pilgrimage site.
Visit the section "History & Heritage" to discover what to see in Caprino Veronese.