La Valpolicella 

Land of flavours and experiences

Villa del Quar is strategically set in Valpolicella, the land of Amarone, a few kilometres from Verona.

The hilly area of Valpolicella in Verona is distinguished by its gentle lines and gives the territory an enchanted atmosphere.

 

It is located north-west of Verona, not far from the city and the magnificent Lake Garda. It includes the municipalities of: Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio, San Pietro in Cariano, Negrar, Dolcè, Marano and Pescantina.

It is an area characterized by vines, olive trees and cherry trees and is rich in tradition. In addition to delicious local dishes you can find very fine wines: Valpolicella classico, Valpolicella classico superiore, Valpolicella Ripasso, Recioto and Amarone.

The Valpolicella Road winds its way through these hills and leads to the numerous specialized and renowned wine cellars and various trattorias. Legend has it that the name “Valpolicella” means “Valley of many wineries”.

Walking along it you will also come across very fascinating historical and archaeological sites: churches, villas, caves and quarries.

All seasons are ideal for a visit, but autumn and spring make it even more magical.

Autumn fills the scenery with its colours and in spring the green of the hills stands out and contrasts with the blue of the sky and the cherry blossoms.

Take a moment and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Valpolicella, then sit back and enjoy the delicious traditional dishes: cold cuts, cheese, olive oil and good wine are never lacking on a set table!

 

La Valpolicella

historical notes

Due to the pleasant climate, Valpolicella has always been a place of settlements, as demonstrated by recent archaeological findings that have revealed the presence of man with evidence dating back up to 90 thousand years ago.

The discovery of a cave near Fumane inhabited by Neanderthal man is one of the three most important archaeological sites in the world. Valpolicella played a very important role for the Romans, it became a centuriation area (where plots of land were divided and assigned to veterans from the wars).

For the particular conformation of the land and the particular exposure to the south began the cultivation of vines and became famous for its wine, as evidenced by Cassiodorus official of King Theodoric the Great. It was also important in the Longobard period as testified by an important relic that is represented in the valuable ciborium preserved in the parish church of San Giorgio in Valpolicella.

In the 10th – 11th century Valpolicella regained vigour and marvellous Romanesque parish churches were built to testify to the importance of the valley.
In 1276 under the dominion of Mastino della Scala it became an important district in defence of Verona. After the fall of the Scaligeri lordship in 1387, Valpolicella was briefly dominated by the Visconti and then also by the Carraresi; finally it passed under the control of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
The Valpolicella is characterized by numerous square-based watchtowers called “colombare” placed all over the territory because they used carrier pigeons (a means of communication learned from the Chinese) to quickly signal the sighting of enemy troops. The rapidity of communication made it possible to prepare an adequate defense. In Valpolicella there is the largest natural bridge in the world: the bridge of Veja.