San Giorgio di Valpolicella

In this chapter we discuss one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, surrounded by a breathtaking view, San Giorgio di Valpolicella.

San Giorgio di Valpolicella is a small perched village that overlooks the plain below Valpolicella.  Its historic center is one of the most characteristic of the province of Verona, but its true jewel, or the Pieve di San Giorgio, is found in "Piazza della Pieve". It is one of the purest examples of the Romanesque style and was built around 1200 AD. on the ruins of a pagan temple. It is characterized by a beautiful cloister adjacent to the east side of the church and by an ancient ciborium that has some inscriptions that place it in the middle of the Lombard period. On the side of the church is the bell tower, built with a square plan in calcareous stone of different sizes.

Do not miss the “Festa de le Fae” held on the second weekend of November, usually after the commemoration of the dead. Typical event of San Giorgio di Valpolicella dedicated to the "fava been" nutritious and poor ingredient always present in the families of the farmers of the past. This tradition came to us from the Roman populations, who were very tied to the beans, they considered it a symbol of resurrection, since their seeds were the first to sprout with the arrival of spring.

Negrar is a small village located in Valpolicella. This area has been inhabited by man since prehistoric times, with a rich presence in the areas between Montecchio and Montericco and in the municipalities of Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo and Grezzana with traces of settlements dating back to the Paleolithic period, up to the period of the Copper and Bronze Age.

To enhance the landscape among the hills we find numerous stately villas, harmonious testimony of the Venetian domination between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The main event not to be missed is the Palio del Recioto, with two days dedicated entirely to the wine and its flavors that is held at Easter and Easter Monday.Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo is a small characteristic village that extends in the area of ​​the high Valpolicella, dominated and bounded towards the north by the Regional Natural Park of Lassinia. The area is famous for the numerous traces of settlements dating back to the Lower Paleolithic period, about 120,000 years ago, found in the Ponte di Veja area.

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