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For wine lovers, Verona offers a great choice for a weekend getaway. Here are some suggestions to enjoy history, wine and relax.
Villa Della Torre
If you want to have a weekend to remember in the Verona area, Villa Della Torre is an excellent starting point. The Villa, is owned by Allegrini, one of the most famous wine producers in Italy and in the world.
Villa Della Torre Allegrini, with its charming accomodation set in a truly captivating winescape, just 30 minutes from Verona in the small village of Fumane in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica, is an extraordinary example of Italian Renaissance architecture, jointly designed by Giulio Romano, author of palazzo Te in Mantua, and Michele Sanmicheli. The originality of the building lies entirely in its conception. It was not only a country house built for utilitarian purposes and connected to the agricultural activities, but also a place conceived for the peace of body and soul.
The staying in the Villa is enriched by wine tastings, tours of the company vineyards and cooking classes.
For those who have time for a weekend in the city, the Allegrini family owns also the B&B Villa Della Torre, a residence located in the center of Verona a few minutes’ walk from the sites connected to Romeo and Juliet, the shopping streets and the Roman amphitheatre known as the Arena. The rooms are decorated by beautiful wall paintings, precious period furniture and all modern comforts to give guests a cosy, relaxing ambience in which luxury does not impede, but indeed exalts, the simple homely feeling of the house and daily life.
For more information, visit www.villadellatorre.it
Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & Spa
From the passion for hospitality of Tommasi, historical family of winemakers since 1902, emerges Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & SPA. This complex includes a stunning 16th century villa, with 79 rooms, which hosts Restaurant Borgo Antico, a Romanic small church used for weddings, private celebrations and cultural events, a park for outdoor activities and a SPA.
Surely, this would be the perfect place for a refreshing, exciting weekend between Valpolicella’s beauties. The central position of Villa Quaranta gives to the guests the possibility to reach many place of interest, first of all Verona, one of the most beautiful ancient Roman cities in the world, and also sites of historical and naturalistic interest, like Waterfall Park of Molina, Veja Bridge and Fumane Cave.
Villa Quaranta proposes many different organized tour that can be booked on its website. Hosts just have to choose between a lazy day doing a food and wine tasting tour or more dynamic program, like a bike tour or a walking tour of Verona. You can also discover Garda Lake with a day-long tour or you can have an half-day tour in the Valpolicella hills, both by minivan and including a passionate and prepared guide.
After a day spent exploring what this beautiful region has to offer, you can treat yourself with a delicious dinner at Restaurant Borgo Antico. Honored by Wine Spectator for 5 year in a row, the main Villa Quaranta Restaurant stands out for the huge variety of its wine list, which includes more than 1300 labels selection, to match the specialities of the Valpolicella’s tradition with a touch of innovation. The excellent wine production of the Tommasi family, which includes Valpolicella, Recioto, Ripasso and Amarone, can also be tasted at Bottega del Gusto or at Cantina in Villa.
After a peaceful and restorative night in one of the comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms of the Villa, visitors can enjoy the Villa Quaranta’s SPA. The elements of the land – local thermal water, the wines of Valpolicella and the stone from Lessinia – are at the centre of body restoring treatments. Colours, lights and fragrances create evocative environments where you can cultivate your spiritual harmony and forget your tensions. The SPA area Terme della Valpolicella offers a wide range of solutions to regain your psychological and physical well-being, also introducing innovative treatments as Wine Therapy and Olive Oil Therapy.
For more information, visit www.villaquaranta.com