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Escape to the beautiful winemaking valley of Valpolicella on this small-group tour from Venice. Drive through rolling vineyards and stop in at a winery to taste a selection of distinctive regional wines. See an altar that dates back to the 8th century at the Church of San Giorgio, and enjoy leisure time to wander the streets of Verona — a town made famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Group numbers are limited to eight people to ensure a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Valpolicella region from Venice
  • Learn about the region’s history and winemaking heritage from a local driver-guide
  • Visit the Church of San Giorgio to see its 8th-century stone altar
  • Explore a Valpolicella winery and sample a selection of the local amarone red wine
  • Enjoy three hours of free time in Verona and visit Juliet’s House, if you wish
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures personalized attention

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What You Can Expect

Valpolicella Day Trip from Venice: Wine Tasting and Verona

Use your free time to visit Juliet's balcony in Verona!

An easy drive from Venice, the Valpolicella region makes for a fantastic day trip filled with scenic vineyards, rolling hills and medieval history. Meet your driver-guide at Piazzale Roma just outside of central Venice, and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan for the approximately 1.5-hour journey west.

For your first stop, visit the town of San Giorgio and its famous medieval church. Marvel at the 8th-century canopy stone altar, which predates the outer church by almost 500 years. While you’re here, soak in beautiful views of the nearby Lake Garda and the town of Sirmione.

Continue on through the scenic countryside of olive groves and vineyards to one of the area’s renowned wineries. Take a tour of the estate and taste several distinctive amarone wines, known for their dry and slightly bitter taste that results from using dried grapes in the fermentation process. 

Head next to Verona — best known as the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ You’ll have 3 hours of leisure time to explore the city’s well-preserved historic charm and stop in at a local café for lunch (own expense). You can pay a visit to ‘Casa di Giulietta,’ which some say inspired the fictional Capulet family, and swoon at the site of Juliet’s balcony (though any historical ties here are dubious). 

Reconnect with your driver-guide at the appointed time, and then sit back and relax on the beautiful return drive to Venice.  

Customer Reviews

Benjamin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My wife and I had a great experience with this trip. The church they take you to is really cool, and the winery was as well. I am somewhat of a wine snob, and I really liked their wine. Our guide was very friendly and spoke at least 3 languages.

I agree with some of the other reviews that said that 3 hours in Verona is too long, but that might only be that it was so hot that we just wanted to be back in air conditioning, so we weren't interested in seeing very much we went in July. All in all, it was a great trip, I would definitely recommend it.

gary j s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely great time.

Karen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was very nice, the guide knowledgeable and helpful. Verona is quaint and cute and the winery was very good, too.

Tim D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Another fantastic trip with a great guide. We thouroughly enjoyed our trip to Verona and loved the wine! Both our driver and our wine expert at Spinosa were very knowledgeble and personable. A real joy to experience.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I could easily have skipped the first stop, the very old church at the top of the hill, but it did have amazing views of the surrounding countryside from across the street. The winery and the tour guide were excellent! We tasted 3 wines. I bought 6 bottles and shipped them home. Three hours in Verona is enough. We ate lunch, we walked around, we toured inside a church or two, but the best site was the ancient Roman arena which pre-dates the Colosseum, which I didn't know about.

Thomas V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

this was an absolutely excellent trip! we have toured many vineyards, including Bordeaux, and we learned more at this one than anywhere else! our guide at the vineyard Marta was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wines and the wine-making process. she is also a sommelier, which added to her excellent presentations and our understanding of the wines. not to mention, the wines were really excellent! the vineyard itself was gorgeous and we loved learning its history and evolution.
our trip to Verona gave us plenty of time to have lunch and do our own walking tour. it is a beautiful town, with lots of locals, not just a tourist destination.
we really appreciated our guide Stefano. he was informative about the region and it's history, as well as the wines. we also loved that he offered an alternate quick stop at the town of Soave to see an ancient castle, in place of the planned scenic stop to see the mountains all of those on the tour had either been to the dolomites, or had a trip scheduled that week. he did a great job!
we had several tours during our 2 weeks in Italy-- this one was our favorite!!

Louis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Well paced visit to Valpolicella winery and Verona - nice day

lawtk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a tour not to be missed. My only recommendation would be to put the wine tasting in the afternoon and the Verona visit in the morning. The tour was excellent and the vineyard was a real treat.

Terrance M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highly recommended given our experience. Great winery and driver treated us superbly. Provided a map of Verano which helped. He was very knowledgeable of the areas we traveled. Verano was beautiful.

Suresh G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well arranged. Very good guide and transportation. Excellent visit to vineyard with good wine tasting.

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