San Giorgio di Valpolicella

Small and quiet village a short way away from Lake Garda

San Giorgio is a community in the municipality of Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella in the province of Verona and became a member of the ‘Club Borghi più belli d'Italia' (association for small Italian towns of historical interest) in November 2016.

Built on a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, the village offers a spectacular panoramas that sweeps all the way down to Lake Garda. San Giorgio is reached via a long and tiring path, despite it seeming close to begin with: this feature has earned it the nickname ‘Ingannapoltron' (deceiving the lazy).

At the heart of this village is the Romanesque church, one of the oldest places of worship in the Verona region dating from the eighth century. The site was built on the ruins of a pre-existing pagan sanctuary.
The town built itself around the church in a particular way: the houses are located on the same stone with which they were built.

This best lends itself to historical re-enactments along with cultural and artistic evens such as the ancient ‘Festa de le Fae' (the celebration of broad beans) celebrated on the second Sunday of November.
On this day, the villagers, dressed in traditional clothes distribute to all householers a broad bean soup cooked according to an ancient recipe.

A visit to this village is also a great chance to try the local delicacies: wine such as Valpollicella, Recioto and Amarone and the region's Extra virgin olive oil. Of particular interest are the open air marble and stone quarries, a symbol of important artisan traditions.  
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