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Get to Know Valpolicella

Located between Verona and Lake Garda, Valpolicella is a beautiful landscape of morainic hills, crisscrossed with green and purple rows of grape vines, gray meandering lines of dry-stone walls, and the blue waters of quickly rushing streams. Local lore has it that the region’s name means the “valley of many wineries,” and these hills have certainly been producing some of Italy’s finest wines since ancient times, with the fossil record showing that grape vines have been cultivated here since the Iron Age. More recently, a new generation of winemakers have started making their mark in Valpolicella, experimenting with innovations like sulfite-free "natural" wines, as well as continuing with traditional techniques, like the passito process for Amarone, where the grapes are dried for several months before fermentation. Villas here often boast panoramic views of the surrounding lush countryside.

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Living in Verona

Verona is the largest city in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy and one of the loveliest. A charmingly picturesque place, Verona is set on the banks of the Adige River and next to the hills of Valpolicella. (The province of Verona includes the city itself, as well as the surrounding countryside, including parts of Lake Garda.) The city — built at the crossroads of major routes — began its rise during the Roman Empire and continued its dominance through the medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras. When Shakespeare set Romeo and Juliet in Verona, it became romance central, with millions coming to visit. Today, Verona is a blend of these many historic influences, boasting architecture ranging from Roman amphitheaters to Art Nouveau villas.