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Valeggio sul Mincio
A city of art highly esteemed for its history, cultural and natural beauty, thanks to its exceptional location: a green amphitheatre delineated by the gentle contours of the Mincio valley and the surrounding hills, between the Veneto and Lombardy, Verona and Mantova.
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Here, where time flows as softly as the fresh waters of the river Mincio, the typical riviera climate allows the cultivation of olives and ensures the highest quality of the vines, fruit and wines which this area has always proudly produced. And when we add to its natural riches the history of the area and its monuments, Valeggio becomes a truly unmissable Venetian experience.
Its enviable position has captured the attention of man since the beginnings of time. In fact Iron age, Bronze age and Etruscan age findings have been unearthed here, and directly under the ctiy a vast celtic necropolis has been discovered, still waiting to be fully brought to light.
Traces of Roman inhabitation are inevitably visible, though Valeggio's real origins as a city lie in the Longobard period. In Medieval times the Della Scala family elected the town to act as bulwark of the Serraglio, a defensive system of walls which connected various fortified cities. Today little remains of the castle, though these ruins are nevertheless fascinating: the corner towers together with the keep lie impressively on the hillside.
The Neoclassical church of Saint Peter, erected on the site of a 17th century church which was itself constructed over a Romanesque church, houses an 18th century fresco, an enormous altarpiece from the following century, and a precious reed organ, the work of G.B. Sona. Moving to the town centre along Via Murari we can find the 18th century Palazzo Guarienti, while at the town's entrance lie Villa Sigurtà and Parco Giardino Sigurtà. The surrounding area offers such attractions as Borghetto with its windmills on the river Mincio, and the so-called Ponte Rotto ('Broken Bridge'), a fortified dam-bridge built by the Visconti rulers in the 14th century.
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