Valpolicella: Ponte di Veia
Ponte di Veia is an astonishing natural bridge just 15 minutes up the hill from Negrar. The whole area is part of a natural park with a friendly restaurant and fine walks in the surrounding hills. Part of the area has been developed as an open air museum to show how people lived here in prehistoric times, and at weekends the area is a favourite for climbers who entertain the other visitors with their daring exploits.
Valpolicella: Molina Waterfalls
Molina is a medieval village at the junction between three valleys in steep wooded mountainside about half an hour from Negrar. The village itself is charming. The old houses reflect the style of the western Lessinia, and its botanical museum in the main square has a fine exhibition of local flora.
But the main attraction is the walk down to the park for breathtaking views of the walls of nude rock and the roaring waterfalls. For the bravest we recommend a play on the swing which takes you right up to the waterfalls. We recommend good walking shoes - it can be slippery and when you get down to the last waterfall, it's quite a long walk back up again. There is a bar at the beginning of the walk so anyone who prefers to can stay there and wait for the others to return.
And to finish off the day why not have a look at some local produce in the little shop and try the friendly and reasonably priced restaurant in the main square!
Valpolicella's many villas include:
Villa Rizzardi with its fine park covering 54,000 square meters - designed by Luigi Trezza towards the end of the 18th century.
Villa Novare a handsome classical villa with baroque details.
Villa della Torre a fine palace with gardens, colonnades and halls with majestic marble fireplaces.
Villa Santa Sofia a 16th century villa designed by Andrea Palladio in the 2nd half of the 16th century.
Valpolicella: Prun marble quarries
The site of the ancient Verona Red marble and stone quarries can be visited in Prun, a small village just 10 minutes above Negrar.
Marble quarrying has always been at the basis of the local economy and local stone was used back in Roman times to build the Arena amphitheatre as well as the basilicas of San Zeno and Santa Anastasia and many other important buildings in the centre of Verona.
Recently the whole area has been studied by architects from all over the world who took part in a competition for the best plans to ensure the development of the whole area as a local beauty spot.
Valpolicella: the local churches
The Pieve di San Floriano from the 11th and 12th centuries, with its tufa and stone facade is a fine church on the main Valpolicella road from Verona to Sant'Ambrogio. Worth a quick stop as you go by.
Pieve di San Giorgio: a fine 12th century Romanesque church in the charming village of San Giorgio.
A day out: Spa near Negrar
We highly recommend a day out in this spa with its thermal baths. Ask us for discounts. The park is open all day from 10.00 until late, and as the water is warm, it doesn't matter if the weather isn't great. .
If you're thinking of going, we can explain the best way to get there. The website www.aquardens.it gives you more information about the pools. The spa is well kept, clean and quiet.
Closed on Tuesdays
Discounts available for our guests.
Lake Garda is wonderful with so many places to see - Lazise, Bardolino, Garda and Torri del Benaco are the nearest. Malcesine with its cable-car and charming side streets and port is perhaps our favourite, then north to Torbole (best wind for windsurfing) and Riva del Garda.
To the south, don't miss Sirmione with its Roman villa (Grotto di Catullo) at the end of the peninsula. For a great day out, take the ferry from Torri del Benaco to Maderno, or from Malcesine to Limone. The best place for swimming is Punta San Vigilio - park at the top of the hill between Garda and Torri.
Other places:• Lake Garda
• Verona. the town of Romeo and Juliet
• Rovereto: the old centre
• Rovereto: the war museum
• Monte Baldo
• Mantua: the town of the Gonzagas