Valpolicella Day Trip from Venice: Wine Tasting and Verona

Spend a day in Venetoís glorious Valpolicella region, and discover its history, wine and the romantic city of Verona. Led by a friendly driver-guide, the tour visits the Church of San Giorgio with its intriguing 8th-century altar as well as a winery nestled into the Valpolicella valley. Learn about the regionís winemaking heritage, sample a selection of robust amarone wine, and then enjoy three hours of free time in Verona, the city that inspired William Shakespeareís ‘Romeo and Juliet.’Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a driver-guide.Leave central Venice by air-conditioned minivan, and then travel west with your driver-guide to the region of Valpolicella, a gorgeous winemaking area spread around the city of Verona and Lake Garda. Peppered with medieval towns and rustic vineyards, Valpolicella is home to treasures aplenty that the tourist maps often miss.Stop in the town of San Giorgio for a look inside its 13th-century church with its magnificent altar. Predating the church by nearly five centuries, the stone-canopied altar is the Church of San Giorgioís crowning glory, beautifully preserved and complete with its original carvings. Head outside to take in views over the lakeside town of Sirmione set against Lake Garda, and then continue your journey through the region.Pass along country roads fringed by olive groves and vineyards, and then stop at a local winery for a tour. Explore the vineyard and learn about the prestigious amarone wine thatís produced in the region. Translating as ëthe great bitter,í amarone is a rich and dry red wine thatís made from partially dried Valpolicella grapes. Sample a selection of the estateís wine, and perhaps purchase a bottle to take home, if you wish.Continue from the rural countryside to the town of Verona, the historical home of the worldís best-known love story: Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy roughly three hours of free time to explore the city independently. Ask your driver-guide for a cafe recommendation for lunch (own expense), shop ëtil you drop at Piazza delle Erbe or pay a visit to Julietís House to see the balcony that inspired Shakespeare.Meet your driver-guide at the prearranged time, and then relax on your journey back to Venice. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point.

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