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Wine cellars, villas, churches, history, traditions, unique flavors and beautiful hilly landscapes. It’s here in the eastern section of Verona where you can discover a winding route, the “Soave Route,” through historic and natural sites that opens up in the medieval town from which it takes its name.
Soave, enclosed by fully intact medieval walls which rise up to the summit of a hill crowned by the castle, was formerly a Roman garrison as demonstrated by the pre-existing road network and land division of the surrounding area. The town was almost certainly reconstructed by the Swabians that came after the Longobards, and then fortified by the Scaligeri. The strong influence of art and history is not only evidenced by the walled structure but also by the entire city system.
The Soave Castle is within walking distance from the center of the medieval village, taking the quaint road starting from Piazza dell’Antenna, or by car using the road that climbs up the north side of the town.
The main entrance still has an ancient drawbridge and is protected, in typical medieval fashion, by an impressive tower with a sculpture of San Giorgio keeping watch over the door. In the first courtyard lies the remains of an ancient church of modest size with three apses. The second courtyard follows, known as the “Madonna” due to a fresco featured on the wall of its entry gate called “Madonna della Misericordia” which depicts the Virgin Mary. The third courtyard, the highest and smallest, constituted a serious obstacle to any enemies. From here rises the tower, or the “Mastio”, which represented the last bastion of defense. Off to the side of the Mastio stands the palace with the “Corpo di Guardia” (guardhouse). An external staircase allowed visitors to go up to visit the manor house, which was either the house of the Lord or his representative.
The walls, built in 1369, enclose the country dividing on both sides of the castle. In ancient times, only the three doors provided direct access to the country: Porta Aquila to the north, Porta Vicentina to the east and Porta Verona to the south.
A visit to the Palazzo del Capitano in the historical center of the town is not to be missed, which has always been the centerpiece of the administrative power of the city and is now home to the headquarters of the Palazzo Municipale, as well as the Palazzo di Giustizia headquarters since 1375, and Palazzo Moscardo and the Duomo (Cathedral) di San Lorenzo.
Outside the walls but still within walking distance from the town center, you can visit the Santuario (Sanctuary) of Bassanella north of the town and the Chiesa di San Giorgio (Church of St. George) to the south east.
Before the 14th century, it was located in this small city quartier that gives the name of San Lorenzo. This is proofed by the two commemorative placques that can be seen in the Civic Museum in Verona. In 1758 it has been rebuilt thank to the municipality and the population of Soave. It has been enlarged by Abbot Gottardi, who wanted the façade renovated with ionic pillar and red staircase in marmo di Verona. The temple ihas a central nave, with Baroque altar and paintings.
The castle dominates the entire territory and the walls surrounded the entire ancient village. The walls has been spaced out by 24 towers. The castle of Soave is medieval: it is locate on the top of Monte Tenda and dominate the valley. It has the highest tower called Mastio surrounded by the walls.
It is located in piazza dell’Antenna, in the heart of the Soave center. It has been built in 1375 under the wishes of Casignorio della Scala, who nominate Petro Montagna as his commander and rector. The 22 villages part of the Capitaniato of Soave vontributed to the expense of this building. This loggia has 4 big doors with acute archs with ogival windows.