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On the fringes of Lessinia, swathed in the mists of time, lies this enchanting medieval town, famed for its vintage white wine.
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Visit Soave and you will discover not only a holiday destination but also a true philosophy of life.
The name Soave almost certainly derives from 'Svevi', a Nordic people who reached the area during the barbarian invasions, though in Italian the adjective soave signifies sweet, gentle; a happy coincidence, as this word encapsulates all the qualities that can be found in the town, from the gentle rolling of its verdant hills, the sweet tang of its grapes, the misty romantic atmosphere, to the tranquil rhythm of nature and the mood of the people: one could almost believe the town was named simply after the adjective. A holiday in Soave will sink you into this sense of delicacy.
Notwithstanding the perfectly preserved image of a medieval city the town walls encircle an urban system of clearly Roman origins, with its typical Roman grid format road network; the area has in fact been inhabited by several diverse peoples since even earlier times.
The town walls are punctuated by 24 crenellated towers dating from the 14th century, whilst the Scaligeri castle, from which the walls develop into a quadrangular structure leading down from Monte Tenda, dates from the 10th century. Within the town centre the buildings of greatest historic and artistic interest are to be found along the via Roma and via Camuzzoni: starting with the church of San Lorenzo founded in 1303, which houses a 15th century baptismal font and frescoes from the 1500s, continuing to the Palazzo Scaligero, now home to the municipal council.
Piazza Antenna contains the Venetian-gothic style Palazzo Cavalli, and stands opposite the Palazzo dei Giudici of 1375, now the magistrate's court, with its splendid marble doorways and a 15th century Madonna (also of marble). From the castle it is possible to visit the hall of the guards and the lords' apartments, where the bedroom houses a splendid crucifixion.
Soave owes its worldwide fame to the Garganega grapes, which are used to make Soave and Recioto wines.
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