San Giorgio di Valpolicella is a small and elegant village perched on a rocky ridge, overlooking the plain below the famous Valpolicella. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, located among the green hills embroidered with vineyards and among the numerous and renowned red wine cellars.

San Giorgio di Valpolicella

On clear summer and winter mornings, it almost seems to be suspended in the clouds, in an area characterized by centuries-old terraces and where in the distance, you can see the bright blue surface of Lake Garda. The houses of the village are still all in stone or pink limestone, extracted from the quarries in the area.

San Giorgio di Valpolicella

Built mainly in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, they are characterized by large arches leading to the internal courtyards and by the typical stone facades that stand along the road, up to the main square. Its historic center is one of the most beautiful in the province of Verona, its true precious jewel is the Pieve di San Giorgio, also called the Pieve di San Giorgio Ingannapolton, located in Pieve Square.

San Giorgio della Valpolicella

Although this pretty village seems very close from the plain, it was once accessible only through a hard and demanding walking path. According to tradition it is said that it dates back to the Middle Ages, when the word "poltron" meant lazy, and later, it was jokingly added to the toponym of San Giorgio in Ganna, where Ganna would simply mean pile of stones.

The parish church is one of the purest examples of the Romanesque style and was built around 1200 AD. on the ruins of a 7th century pagan temple. Characterized by a beautiful cloister adjacent to the east side of the church, which maintains only three of the four sides, but more than enough to appreciate the harmony of the structure and remain intrigued by the representations on the capitals.

San Giorgio di Valpolicella

Nearby there is an ancient ciborium, which has writings that place it in the middle of the Lombard era. A few steps up the side stands the bell tower, built with a square limestone plan of different sizes. Inside, the cold walls are colored with frescoes of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, depicting the Christ the Throne Judge with a red cloak, a Expulsion from Paradise and the Last Supper where Jesus finds himself at the center of the composition.
In the minor apse we can appreciate four images of Saints surrounding a Madonna and Child Enthroned, the figures reveal suggestions of Giotto's painting. Do not miss the Festa de le Fae, which is held on the second weekend of November, usually after the commemoration of the dead.
Typical event of San Giorgio di Valpolicella dedicated to the "broad beans" nutritious and poor ingredient that never failed in the families of the peasants of the past. The custom has come down to us since Roman populations, who were very attached to the beans, considered it a symbol of resurrection, since their seeds were the first to germinate with the arrival of spring.


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