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Pleasant hamlets, which names are engraved in the History

A comfortable stay at the Relais Corte Guastalla, in Sona in the district of Verona offers the chance to visit historical places such as Lazise, Valeggio sul Mincio, Villafranca di Verona.

Lazise, enclosed within massive walls

Coming from the wonderful Relais Corte Guastalla, in Sona (VR) you can visit Lazise, which is a small Municipality in Veneto in the District of Verona.

Lazise, the origins of which date back to the Roman Age  during the X Century was one of the richest trade centres of the whole territory. It was enclosed by thick walls, built in the XIV Century by the Scaligeri, and its old town obviously shows   medieval marks. Of great interest are the Castle, built before 1000 A.D., and the Venetian Customhouse  from the Fourteenth Century.

A must-see is the Church from   1200, dedicated to the Saints Zeno and Martino, and the Church of St. Niccolò from Bari, built during the XII Century. Some more glimpses of Lazise are its marina  and the lovely Vittorio Emanuele square.


Lazise view

Valeggio sul Mincio and its marvelous Villa Sigurtà

Valeggio sul Mincio  from Lombard origin  in the district of Verona shines among the many hamlets spread all over the Region of Veneto, it is easily reachable from  Relais Corte Guastalla, which is located in Sona  in the district of Verona. It is peculiar because of the many and interesting testimonies from its past, such as  just to mention a couple of them   Scaligeri Castle from the XIII Century  and the Visconti Bridge  from the XIV Century.

Also there are interesting examples of religious architecture, such as the Church of St. Pietro in Cattedra (XVIII Century)  and the Church of St. Marco Evangelista   from the XVII Century, which was   Emperor Francesco Giuseppe’s headquarters (in 1859), Mansion Guarienti, from the XVII Century  as well as Villa Portalupi. The Park Giardino Sigurtà is a must-see too, it extends over more than sixty hectares  and it has been stated as the most beautiful Italian Park  in 2013.


Visconti Bridge Valeggio sul Mincio

Villafranca di Verona, cradle of Risorgimento

Another pleasant tour  in Veneto could be the one through Villafranca di Verona (VR)  which is few minutes from Relais Corte Guastalla located in Sona (VR).

Most likely Villafranca di Verona had been  in its origins  a Roman camp. Before the battle of Arcore, Napoleon moved there with his headquarters. Villafranca di Verona, due to is geographical location, had been involved in all the main steps of the Risorgimento.

The Duomo, St. Giovanni della Paglia, the Oratory of the Christ  as well as the Church of the Visitation, and the Church of St. Rocco offer several points of interest. Another historical place is Mansion Bottagisio, where Austrian and French signed together a famous truce  in 1859, and the famous Cafè Fantoni, founded in 1842, which represents a building where the Risorgimento was actively felt. The Scaligeri Castle from the XIII Century  and its defensive walls (called Serraglio, XIV Century) definitely are worth a visit. Other important places to visit are the Risorgimento Museum and the Nicolis Museum, which exhibits a rich collection of vintage cars.

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