San Francisco, California
May 7, 2002
But the main attraction here is La Rocca Scaligeri a huge sprawl of a fortress that dominates the hill above walled town. There's a parking lot near the top for motorists, but those who arrived without wheels have a bit of a hike up the hill.
This is yet another example of a 14th century fortress built by the Scaligeri family in their attempt to consolidate power in the Veneto. Although the Scaligeri did not make the best military decisions, noone can fault their taste in architecture, as all their castles are postcard perfect.
A small entrance fee lets you tour the furnishings (moderately restored, with some period pieces, including arms and armor). Kids will enjoy climbing the multitude of staircases and running along the ramparts and up the towers. From your crenellated perch you will have a sweeping view over the town below and the vineyards and fields beyond.
Although the occasional tourbus stops here, most tourists bypass Soave, so you may have the castle to yourself. Take a picnic lunch(and a bottle of the local product) along for an al fresco meal on the grounds.
The castle is closed on Mondays, and more detailed information can be found out by phone: 045-786-00-36.
From journal Verona: La Citta d'Amore