256 Route 41. VERONA.
From this point by the Porta San Giorgio (1525) and the adjoin¬
ing grounds to the Ponte Garibaldi (Pl. E, 1), see p. 249.
From Verona to Cologna, steam-tramway in 274-3 hrs., starting outside
the Porta Vescovo (comp. Pl. I, 5). — 2 M. San Michele, the birthplace of
the architect Michele Sanmicheli (p. 245), with tbe round church of Madonna
di Campagna, planned by him (splendid Alpine view from the dome). About
172 M. to the N. rises the pinnacled castle of Montorio (13th cent.), formerly
the property of the Scaligers. The tramway then passes San Martino
(p. 264), Caldiero (p. 264), Soave (p. 264), San Bonifacio (p. 264), and Lonigo
(p. 264), at the W. base of the Monti Berici, and reaches the little town of
Cologna Véneta, the inhabitants of which are busily engaged in the culture
of silk, hemp, rice, and vines. The tower of the town-hall and the ruined
castle date from the 13th century.
From Caldiero a steam-tramway runs to the N. in the Val d'Illasi to
(7'/2 M.) Tregnago, viá |1S/|I.) Colognola (580 ft.), surrounded in antiquity
by Román villas, and (472 M.) Illasi, the church of which contains a fine
fresco by Stefano da Zevio (Madonna with angels). In the park of the ad¬
jacent Villa Perez-Pompei is a ruined mediseval castle. 772 M. Tregnago
(1015 ft.; rustic inn), has a ruined castle of the 13th century. Thence we
may proceed to the N.E. viá Croce del Vento, Rancani (2205 ft.), and Caslelvero
(1805 ft.) to (23/4 hrs.) Vestena Vecchia (1605 ft); in the vicinity, on the
Alpone, are some massive basalt columns. A road leads henee to the N.W.
via Vestena Nuova to (3'/2 M.) Bolea (2925 ft.), on the verge of the Purga di
Bolea (3060ft.; views), an ancient cráter. The surroundings of Bolea are
rich in fossils.
From Tregnago we may visit also tbe E. part of the Tredici Comuni,
still to a certain extent a Germán - speaking 'enclave' on Italian soil, on
the S. slope of the Monti Lessini, the extensive ridge between the valley of
the Adige and the Val d'Astico (p. 269). The chief village ia Giazza (2485 ft.;
Alb. Faggioni), 1072 M. to the N. of Tregnago. Excursions (guide, Dom.
Gaule): ascent of the Cima di Posta (p. 269; 7 hrs.); over the Passo della
Lora to (6 hrs.) Recoaro (p. 269); through the Val dei Ronchi to (6 hrs.) Ala
The beautiful Val Pantena, in the W. part of tbe Tredici Comuni, is
visited from Verona direct: diligence of the Impresa Salvetti daily to (3 hrs.)
Bellori and (6 hrs.) Boscochiesanova; carr. 10 fr., best ordered at Bosco-
chiesanova. The road leads viá the amiling villages of Quinto (near the
Villa Thiene, designed by Palladio), and a little to the W. of the ao-called
Pantheon (a subterranean Román temple near Santa Maria in Stelle),
Cuzzano, Grezzuna (545 ft.), the chief place in the valley, with an interest¬
ing campanile, and Lugo to Bellori (tolerable inn), where it. forks. The
right branch leads to Boscochiesanova (3620 ft.; Alb. Torre), a favourite
summer-resort of the Veronese and a good starting-point for mountain
ascents in the Monti Lessini (guide, Simone Faccio), to the left to p'AM.)
Ponte di Vela (1975 ft.), in a rocky district. A footpath leads to the (74 hr.)
natural "Arch of the same ñame. The adjacent caves do not repay a viait.
Another Steam Tramway, starting outside the Porta Nuova (comp.
Pl. B, 6), conneets Verona with (10 M.) Zevio, (I872M.) Albaredo, and (2272 M.)
From Verona viá Domegliara to Garda and Caprino, see p. 236.
42. From Verona to Mantua and Modena
631/2 M. Railway in 2-4 hrs. (fares 11 fr. 85, 8 fr. 30, 5 fr. 35 c.; express
13 fr. 5, 9 fr. 15 c.); to Mantua (2572 M.) in 7,-11/2 hr. (fares 4 fr 80, 3 fr.
35, 2 fr. 15 c.; express 5 fr. 25, 3 fr. 70 c).
Verona, see p. 243. The line traverses a rich plain, dotted with