The "Valley of several cellars", being a strict interpretation of the name Valpolicella, extends from the Lessini Mountains up to Soave, and its calcareous soil is perfect for making exceptional quality red Valpolicella wines.
The real landmark of the Valpolicella Wine Road are the five centres of the classic DOC area, but there are numerous diversions through medieval hamlets, to see villas and vineyards that spread from the plain to the terraced hills.
Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella has some of the most successful vineyards in the area, and in the hillside hamlet of Garganego you will find Villa Sarego-Alighieri, a lovely complex of buildings from different periods, which still belongs today to the heirs of the great poet.
San Pietro in Cariano is a very ancient town, which flourished under the Scaligeri dynasty. There are numerous noble residences there, including Villa Santa Sofia which was designed by Andrea Palladio but unfortunately never finished. There are also some lovely homes dotted among the vines of the small town of Fumane. The fascinating stone village of Molina and the nearby Waterfall Park are well worth visiting, some of the loveliest sites in the Valpolicella area.
There is some lovely renaissance architecture in Marano di Valpolicella and Negrar, a large municipal area between the hills and mountains which includes several villages in the Negrar Valley.
Due to its geographical and climatic characteristics, the province of Verona has always produced excellent extra-virgin olive oil. The hills of Valpolicella are marked by the presence of the olive tree that breathes life into a landscape that is increasingly in need of preservation. The characteristics that distinguish the Valpolicella oil are the chlorophyll, which gives it its intense golden-green colour, the delicate scent and the musky aftertaste with hints of lemon leaf.
The Pieve di San Floriano is certainly worth a visit, as it is considered to be the most significant testimony of the Roman period in Valpolicella. Adjacent to the parish church with its beautiful façade in tufa with regular segments, a mighty square-shaped bell tower with a composite structure stands out on the north side: the lower part is in stone, while the upper one is built in alternating layers of tufa and brick that give it a polychrome colouring.