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WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN VALPOLICELLA
Good wines are not the only reason to go to Valpolicella. In fact this area also offers a number of historical and art related monuments.
Valpolicella is not far from Verona so you can combine the visit to the city of love with something more.
PIEVE DI SAN GIORGIO
In the tiny hilltop village of San Giorgio, around 6km northwest of San Pietro in Cariano, you’ll find this fresco-filled, cloistered 8th-century Romanesque church.
Not old enough for you? In the little garden to its left you can also see a few fragments of an ancient Roman temple.
PIEVE DI SAN FLORIANO
Considered one of the most attractive Romanesque churches in the region, this austere place of worship dates back to between the 10th and 13th centuries.
Particularly impressive are the cloisters, a peaceful stone oasis with a truly ancient feel.
THE MOLINA WATERFALL PARK
The Molina Waterfall Park is located south-east of Molina, in Vaccarole, and covers 80.000 sqm.
The waterfalls were originated along the rivers because of the presence of rocks with different levels of erodibility.
Due to the action of the stream, we can admire characteristic shapes such as furrows, niches, and erosion materials, visible not only on today’s river’s course, but also on the side walls, testifying to the river’s course in the past.
In the Park you can see a synthesis of the low-mountain landscape, where several paths and itineraries can offer visitors the calm solemnity of a crashing waterfall or a colorful, full of flowers meadow between a wood and a precipice.
Located in the hamlet of Giare, the current Ponte di Veja consists of an architrave-like structure that forms the entrance way into an enormous karstic cave, a structure which survived the collapse of the central vault.
At the sides of the base of the bridge, there are several grottos which show evidence of having been inhabited during the prehistoric period.
The so-called bridge is enormous in size and due to its imposing structure and impression it evokes, many important personages have been known to be influenced by it, including the painter Andrea Mantegna who reproduced it in a 16th century fresco in the Camera degli Sposi-Wedding Room at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua.
Moreover, it seems that the poet Dante Alighieri took inspiration from it to create Malebolge, the eight circle of Hell in his Divine Comedy.