Verona / Surroundings


San Bonifacio

An elegant town nestled among green rolling hills at the eastern extremity of the province of Verona, San Bonifacio represents a fascinating hybrid of past and present: one can breathe in the medieval mood of the counts Sambonifacio, the power struggles between the Dukes, the mystic atmosphere of religious convents, and of the present incessant economic activity of a self-sufficient village.

Spending your holiday in San Bonifacio is a dream; a luxury within everybody’s reach since staying in San Bonifacio offers all kinds of accommodation and thus meets everybody’s needs. The fascinating history that one can breathe in the air is already a reason to spend your holiday in San Bonifacio.

The original habitation grew up around the hill known as La Motta, where one can see the ruins of the Castle of Sambonifacio, destroyed by his rival Ghibelline Ezzelino da Romano in 1243. Of interest in this context is the fact that Guiseppe Verdi's first opera of 1839, 'Oberto conte di San Bonifacio', is set in this epoch, although the action takes place in Bassano, and the libretto of Temistocle Solera (who adapted Antonio Piazza) reunites the two rival houses.

There are many cultural opportunities that the city offers and this alone is a reason to justify a holiday in San Bonifacio. The small church of San Abbondio, dating from 1491, can be found within easy reach of the centre; also in a neighbouring area lies another religious monument of great importance: the abbey of Saint Peter the Apostle.

Its origins date back to the 8th century, when it was used by Benedictine monks, but was restructured in the 12th and 15th centuries. The gothic-themed belltower dates from this second building phase. Inside the church, with its three naves, we find the pictorial cycle 'The Life of Saint Benedict', a 15th century work of an artist belonging to the German school of the 15th and 16th centuries greatly influenced by Giotto, together with the 15th stone altarpiece situated behind the main altar, attributed to Bartolemeo Golfino.

San Bonifacio is also prized for its top-quality wine, produced in this area from the classic vines grown on the gentle surrounding hillside. Plan your holiday in San Bonifacio with