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Valeggio is a truly fascinating place, important history, traditions, tastes, memories, art and culture. The river, the countryside and the buildings are the distinctive marks of a town that lies where the Garda moraine gives way to the plain. Valeggio is a land of hardworking people who have expertly transformed the fertility of the soil into products of quality and now boasts a series of restaurants that are a source of pride. You can see the strengths and skills of the master pasta-makers and restaurateurs when they prepare their speciality: the “Tortellini di Valeggio”. The typical cooking of Valeggio is deeply linked to the tradition, respecting the quality and the genuine ingredients. The main product of the local cooking is this “Tortellino di Valeggio”, or in dialect agnolin: a thin sheet of pasta filled with delicate meat and handmade, it is a must on every table. Try them, with butter and sage or, with soup in one of many restaurants or buy them at the pasta factories.
The “Tortellini” are very important for the reputation of Valeggio sul Mincio, and therefore they are the main character of the event Tortellini e Dintorni in September.
Where nature has generously bequeathed a variegated landscape, man has discovered the art of beauty and transformed it into natural shapes that fascinate visitors such as the “Parco Giardino Sigurtà”. In spring, there is Tulipanomania, the flowering of over a million tulips.
Valeggio sul Mincio can provide a holiday to suit all tastes: sports facilities, water parks, horse-riding stables, holiday farms, restaurants and trattorias, historic and artistic itineraries, bike routes, trails for relaxing walks in the countryside, on foot or on horseback, plus a full calendar of events throughout the year. These are the elements, which combined with the nature, and genuine friendliness of the inhabitants of Valeggio, will make your holiday here an unforgettable experience.
From the top of the hill, the Castle overlooks the Mincio valley and Valeggio, maintaining the majestic effect of the medieval fortifications. The oldest part was almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1117 and only a horseshoe-shaped construction remains, called “Round Tower”, of the 10th century. The rest of the castle dates back to the 14th century: it was equipped with three drawbridges which only one remains. In summer, the inner courtyard becomes a stage for summer events i.e. cinema. The courtyard is always open. The Towers are open from March to September (on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays).
Built in 1393 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, projected by Domenico da Firenze, perhaps to divert the River Mincio and conquer Mantua. It is approximately 650 meters long and 25 meters wide. Completed in 1395 it was connected to the Castle by two battlemented curtains and integrated into the fortified complex of the “Serraglio“, which extended for about 16 Km. The iron bridge was inaugurated on October 28, 1930 and then bombed by Anglo-American aircraft in 1944. It is still an unrepeatable example of the European military architecture of the late Middle Age, even if it has slowly fallen to pieces.
Once a strategic point to cross the river Mincio, the charm of this small village rises out from the harmonious relationship between nature and history. The medieval atmosphere is underlined by the fortress of the Visconteo Bridge, the bell tower of the Church of San Marco and the wheels of the old mills, once used for the milling of wheat and cereals. It is one of ‘the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy’. In Borghetto begins the Cycle path – Euro Velo 7 that follows the river Mincio and takes you to Peschiera and Lake Garda in a northerly direction, whereas in a southerly direction, to Mantua.