The city of Verona
Founded more than 2000 years ago, Verona became soon "second only to Rome" itself for its richness of monuments; after the fall of the Roman Empire and the "dark ages" of the barbarian kings, Verona lived a second golden age in the Middle Ages, under the domination of the Scala family, the age to wich the origins of the myth of Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague dates back. Renaissance style flourished under the Venetian Serenissima Repubblica, and brilliant military architecture confirms the strategic role of this center until the end of Austrian rule and the last battles of the Risorgimento.
Lake Garda, or "Benaco", is the largest lake in Italy, from the northern coast, fjord-like among the rocky slopes of the Alps, to the large southern bays where the Mediterranean climate favors the cultivation of olive groves and vineyards. Everywhere along the coast of Lake Garda the classic latin soul, with the Roman archaeological sites, the olive groves, the Venetian-style fishing villages, alternates with the majestic medieval castles and the beautiful aristocratic villas of the 19th century.
The hill region surrounding Verona is certainly one of the most characteristic landscapes: all senses are seduced by vineyards, ancient olive groves and cherry blossoms, by the romance of medieval villages and the rustic athmosphere of country houses, while the scent of grapes during the harvest prepares to taste the freshness of the white Soave and Custoza wines, and full-bodied reds Valpolicella wines.
The Veronese mountain region is called Lessinia: a landscape dominated by a wide plateau, green pastures, cows, relaxing villages with stone houses and small, old dairies which produce, among others, the Monte Veronese cheese, with its different agings and varieties. The natural treasures of Lessinia are kept by the Cimbri, and ancient population of medieval Bavarian origin.
The fertile land irrigated by the Adige river and the clear springs, offers a wide variety of agricultural products, among which the Vialone Nano Veronese rice, often associated with winter radicchio or spring asparagus. The "Risotto all'Isolana", tortellini of Valeggio, but also confectionery products such as the traditional "Mandorlato di Cologna Veneta" almond nougat are just some of the gastronomic attractions in this fascinating and generous region.