Crossed by the Adige river, the territory of the province of Verona extends east of Lake Garda and includes part of the lower Po-Veneto plain and Pre-Alps. The passage from the Po plain to the Alpine area is defined by the Lessini mountains. The symbol of Verona is its historic Roman Arena, utilized during summer as the stage of concerts and operas. Another must see is the house of Juliet, with its famous balcony, from where the young maiden appeared to speak with her beloved Romeo, marked by a stone plaque inscribed with some verses by Shakespeare.
But the region of Verona is rich in artistic and natural beauty also outside its capital city. Lessinia is located in the northern area of the province, and together with Mount Baldo and the Regional Park represents an ideal location for trekking and excursions amongst beech trees, meadows, olive groves, vineyards and orchards. Mount Baldo, composed of sedimentary and volcanic rocks, still preserves ancient traditions (such as stone masonry) as well as the activity of high altitude grazing for the purpose of producing prized dairy products.
Close to the lake, the mountains and just a short trip from the city, the Verona hills are renowned above all for their excellent wines: Valpolicella, Amarone, Recioto of Valpolicella, Soave to the east, Bardolino, Custoza and Lugana in the hills to the south of the lake, the wines of the Terra dei Forti in the Valdadige area. But the beautiful historic mansions, the Romanic churches and the rural courts scattered throughout this area of the territory are also worthy of mention.
The lower plain of Verona is characterized by splendid landscapes, which among other activities allows lovers of river scenery to stroll along the tracks marked by the Adige river, a particularly striking environment, rich in water and large fields where the shapes of numerous Romanic churches and castle battlements can be sighted. Here,wholesome and high quality produce can be found, such as the renowned IGP Vialone Nano rice, the IGP red radicchio of Verona, potatoes, asparagus, cabbage, strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, rock-melon and watermelon.