Soave and Valpolicella Wine Routes

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Two routes to discover what Verona has to offer, between wines and places to enjoy.


The Soave area is an hilly land situated on the east side of Verona. Its name comes from the famous wine that is produced in this territory, which is attracting increasing tourist interest, thanks to the great importance of its artistic and historical heritage, in addition to its favoured geographical position.

The Soave Wine Route Association was born in 1999 with the purpose of offering a complete touristic service, counting on its about 130 associates, in which are included restaurants, winehouses, agritourism, hotel, B&B, olive mills, wine cellars, services and corporations. This associates are placed on this ideal itinerary of about 50 kilometres, which allow visitors to discover this land full of historical and cultural attraction, stunning landscapes, churches and castles, passing by farms, vineyards, sales-points and restaurants.

The itinerary starts in the medieval city of Soave, which is bordered by walls that climb up to the top of the hill where the castles stands dominant. Visitors shouldn’t miss Palazzo San Bonifacio, the 13th century Venetian-Gothic Palazzo Cavalli, the church of San Lorenzo and the Palazzo Scaligero, once seat of the Verona governors, later of the Commanders of the Venice Republic and today, restored, of the Town Hall.


Tourists who come to visit this wonderful territory can choose between different proposals from the associates, tasting wines and traditional foods or visiting wine cellars, while they’re exploring the four wonderful valleys in which are dislocated thirteen districts that are part of the Route. Specifically, these valleys are Val di Mezzane, Val d’Illasi, Val Tramigna e Val d’Alpone.

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Valpolicella is an hilly territory located in the Northern Italy, above Verona. This area presents wonderful landscapes that extend from the vineyards of Amarone, to the multitude of architecture and natural beauties. Valpolicella is also rich of history, in fact it shows evident signs of human presence right back to the Palaeolithic period.

The Valpolicella Wine Route is an association institutionally recognized that promotes the territory with its cultural heritage and its food and wine traditions. Those who are member of this association work together in order to increase the tourism in this area, through different activities which interest the producers of Valpolicella wine, who are located in 19 municipalities in the district of Verona.

The Association proposes eleven different itineraries, with different attractions, to choose from, depending on the interests of the visitor. For example, “Prehistory and Present” gives to the tourist the opportunity to plunge into a timeless atmosphere, by allowing them to reach  important historic sites placed on the route, like the Fumane Cave, inhabited first by Neanderthals and then by Homo Sapiens, and enchanting green areas, as the Waterfall Park, opened in 1973 and classified by the European Union as a Site of Community Importance. This itinerary gives also the possibility to visit churches, sanctuaries, and villas of different historical period, enjoying the delightful view of the land full of vineyards and fruit trees at the same time.

The association proposes many holiday packages too, which include overnight stays, guided tours, wine and oil tasting and other activities.

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(Photo Andrea Zorzan)