“There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish’d from the world,
And world’s exile is death.”
(W. Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”, Act 3, scene III, vv 17-20)
Whether it’s your first time touring the city of Verona, or even if you are returning for some further sightseeing, you will find that one of the main features of this majestic city is being able to amaze its visitors every single time. Sung and celebrated over the centuries, known as “the city of love”, added in 2000 to the UNESCO World Heritage list, Verona is one of Italy’s most popular cities for tourists, who enjoy its art, architecture, opera, and literary fame. The distance between Verona and Valpolicella is just about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), making it the perfect starting point for your wine tasting tours in this area.
Now, you can even start your wine tasting tour in Verona: introducing the new Pagus Wine Tours proposal born in collaboration with Colors of Italy guides and Symposio wine bar in Verona — the “Walk and Taste in Verona” tour! With an authorized guide, in a small group, you will discover the heart of the city of Romeo and Juliet, and then reach the Symposio wine bar, one of the most innovative tasting rooms in Italy. But, before wine tasting, here are some experiences you will be able to live in Verona…
The most ancient of Verona’s nine surviving bridges, Ponte Pietra (“Stone Bridge”) is nowadays almost a symbol of the city, together with other monuments. Though heavily modified, destroyed and restored, it is an eminent example of a Roman bridge, in a strategic position — a preeminent ford at the center of a fundamental hub of communication as well as commercial routes. Probably set up during the second century b.C. as a wooden bridge, it was then made out of stone in the year 89 b.C.; several floods destroyed its arches over the centuries, prompting the population to rebuild and strenghten it.
However, the most brutal devastation of this bridge was at the end of World War II, at the hands of the German army. On the 25th of April, 1945, while they were beating a retreat, they mined it and subsequently blew it up. Ten years after that cruel blow, the restoration started, using the original stones lying in the river bed and replacing the missing parts with marbles coming from Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella.
Pro tip: when passing through the tower, check the deep, smooth grooves on its left side — they are the remaining signs of the ropes used to fasten the water mills once scattered on the Adige river!
Stay tuned to know more about our wonderful city on our Magazine, and make sure to book your place on our “Walk and taste in Verona tour” to discover Verona while tasting amazing wines accompanied by high quality appetizers, cold cuts and cheeses!