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The ambience of Borghetto sul Mincio is magnificent, with mills and antique lanes. Panoramic river views and aromatic tiny shops delight you, while areas near the water's edge provide the ideal day out. Borghetto Sul Mincio is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, located in the municipality of Valeggio, just a few kilometers from Verona.
So, are you ready to learn more about it? Here are some things to do and see in Borghetto sul Mincio!
It may be visited in a few hours, but to fully appreciate the ambience of the river, we recommend staying until the evening. You can enjoy a romantic dinner at the water's edge as the stars begin to appear in the sky and the silence begins to rule.
The alleys and mills
I can immediately hear the loud rustle of the Mincio River, which flows nonstop towards the Po, from just a few feet away from the settlement. It unintentionally crosses Borghetto, giving it a unique feature in the Veneto area, if not all of Italy. An historic wooden bridge that spans the river serves as the town's entrance.
And it is from here that the first wonder of Borghetto sul Mincio can be seen: on one side, multicolored buildings are built on stilts in the water, allowing the water to flow beneath their foundations. A strange canoe is tied in front of a gorgeous villa on the opposite side of the bridge, perhaps left there for beauty or perhaps actually used.
As I cross the bridge, I notice a little church hidden between the buildings with a gabled exterior. It is the San Marco Evangelista parish church, and inside the bell tower is a historic treasure: an original bell from the year 1300.
The small alleyways of Borghetto sul Mincio, on the other hand, are a wonder to behold. "It's good that you are here," says the welcome sign of a certain little store. And what could be more enjoyable than being greeted and pampered?
A gate stands out among the lanes, surrounded by countless padlocks, the keys to which must have been tossed into the river. Large iron water mill wheels can be seen a little further on. The most of them are broken, but one in particular catches my eye. It is still rolling, and a pail with the words "Good Luck" is placed in front of the wheel. So we try to toss a coin, and on the second try, we consider ourselves fortunate!
The Visconti Bridge
You'll notice a long bridge over the river as soon as you arrive in Borghetto sul Mincio. It's the Visconteo Bridge, which is essentially a lengthy defensive dam erected to defend Verona towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Many other people cross it on foot, appreciating the colorful houses of Borghetto from afar, while we traverse it by car in a slow, wonderful procession. They sneak into the bridge's three enormous masonry towers and slowly make their way to the settlement of Valeggio sul Mincio. The Scaliger Castle, which sits imposingly on a hill not far away, is visible straight in front of us.
The Scaliger Castle
The Scaliger Castle is a historic fortress that marks the beginning of the Venetian plain and communicates the 14th century's medieval beauty. To get to the Scaliger Castle, take a short walk through Borghetto's magnificent Art Nouveau villas until you reach a tiny incline that leads to the summit of the fortress's hill.
We enjoy the beautiful view of the Mincio valley from here, as well as the coastline of Lake Garda in the distance.
You can climb to the top of the tower to get a better view of the endless landscape.
The entrance fee is 2 Euros for those under the age of 13, and it is free for those under the age of 13.
What to see nearby
You may wander through the flower beds of Sigurtà Park, one of Italy's largest and most beautiful gardens, not far from Borghetto sul Mincio.
The Molina Waterfalls Park, an hour away, is a tour truly "beyond the conventional locations" in the heart of Valpolicella Classica for nature lovers.
And what if you like a rush of adrenaline? Gardaland and Movieland are only a short distance apart and should not be missed!