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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

George S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an excellent tour from Venice. It took a little over an hour to get to the winery. Met the owner of the winery and then took a tour of their process ending with a wine tasting of their wines. We then proceeded to Verona where we had several hours to have lunch and visit a few of Verona's sites. Our tour guide was excellent and very personable. We spend 2 weeks in Europe and this was one of the highlights of our trip. I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in wine.

Tracy USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this trip! Verona is absolutely beautiful and affordable. I would do this tour again!

selinagodfrey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Don't miss this tour. Simone our tour guide was wonderful, helpful and a joy to travel with! Verona is beautiful and the wine tasting was great, especially if you like Amarone wine. We bought 3 good bottles but will only take 2 home...lol

Gail B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful scenery, fantastic guide and lovely company. The wine wasn't bad either!. Actually Villa Spinossa was a dream, all that Amarone waiting to be drunk, and we loved helping.

ashley-byrne1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We went on this tour yesterday and had the best time! We were so lucky as it turned out just to be the two of us, which we were so grateful they kept the tour on just for us! Our driver was very helpful and friendly, he personalised the whole trip and really looked after us. Highly recommend!

Greg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great tour on a hot but nice July day. Stefano was waiting for us when we got off the water taxi and it was just our family of three and him this day. We drove for about 40 minutes and reached the town of Soave, where we had 30 minutes to walk up to the castle and back. It would have been nice to have a little more time but the wine tasting at Serego Alighieri required us to be punctual. The wine guide was very informative and the place was beautiful. After that we drove on to Verona and had some 2.5 hours on our own there. Stefano told us the touristy things to avoid and we had a great time exploring with lunch on our own. All in all, a great trip!

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.

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