A weekend in Verona with Amarone, Soave, Recioto..

Verona is a charming cultural city with many monuments from the Roman period, the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Piazza Bra is dominated by the Roman Arena where the famous opera festival is held every summer. The beautiful squares like Piazza delle Erbe and a great number of historical buildings testify the city’s importance under the 13th and 14th centuries. Much of the medieval atmosphere is still there and so is the Capuleti Palace’s famous balcony with the romantic legend of Romeo and Juliet.
In the charming historic center there is also a good selection of nice restaurant with excellent cuisine, and shops.
Wine excursion to Valpolicella and Soave
The famous wine district Valpolicella is located northeast of Verona, between the city and the Lake Garda. Valpolicella has a long tradition of wine production and the beautiful area is full of vineyards. It produces one of Italy’s most famous wine, the red velvety Amarone, but also the excellent sweet Recioto and the traditional Valpolicella Classico and Valpolicella Superiore. We start our tour with a visit at a family-owned winery from the 17th cent., surrounded by its beautiful park and vineyards. With great passion for the local wines the winery produce quality wines on a smaller scale.
Along with a rustic lunch, we taste the farm’s wines.
In the afternoon, the tour continues to another wine destrict located around the charming little village of Soave with its beautiful medieval castle on top of the hill. Soave is known for its white wines that vary from the “classico” that is dry, fresh and delicate to “superiore” more structured and richer. Here we find the sweet fruity Recioto wines mentioned in writings as early as in the 15th cent.
We visit a wine cellar and taste Soave Classico, Valpolicella Superiore, Amarone and Recioto di Soave.
After the visit, if desired there is time for a walk in the village.
Nearest airports are Verona, Bergamo and Milan.
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