VALEGGIO SUL MINCIO E PARCO GIARDINO SIGURTA'
An intact medieval town of rare beauty: Valeggio sul Mincio is a delightful town in the province of Verona. In the late Middle Ages, together with nearby Borghetto, the town became an important strategic point between the Veronese Scaligeri nobility, the Gonzaga family from Mantua and the Milanese Viscontis.
Valeggio is strongly linked to Borghetto, a smaller settlement established in the 15th century and based around a series of water mills along the Mincio river, and is dominated by the Scaligero Castle, which dates back to the 13th century and boasts the remains of a remarkable Round Tower.
Besides the castle, the "Ponte Lungo" (long bridge) is also worth a visit, and offers stunning panoramic views. In summer this bridge is the venue for the Nodo d'Amore (love knot) festival, a food and wine event in celebration of the Valeggio tortellino.
But this area is known first and foremost for the grandiose Giardino Sigurtà Park, considered one of Italy's finest and also known further afield. In this green oasis surrounded by hills and majestic trees, visitors can take nature walks among lily-filled ponds and alleys of roses and orchids, or pause and relax on the green lawns in the wonderful company of nature.