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Nogarole Rocca


The town's name derives, for the first part, from the Latin word "nux" (walnut), while the second, added later, refers to the castle built by the Nogarola in the first half of the XIII century. Municipality in the province of Verona, located on the border with Lombardy, is famous for its production of a particular variety of rice, Nano Vialone.
Attested by several traces found in the area, the town is placed where once rised a smaller settlement in prehistoric times. Around year 1000 here settled the Nogarola, a population of French origins, and since then the family history was inextricably linked to that of Nogarole and Verona. In the Middle Ages the territory belonged to the Della Scala family, married to a Nogarola, and the population was directly involved in the clashes between Scaligeri and Gonzaga. In the early years of the XV century it became a possession of the Serenissima Republic of Venice and assigned as seat of the vicariate. In the XVI century the town was scenario of the fights of the League of Cambray and the subsequent serious outbreak of plague that decimated the population and led to a period of deep economic crisis. At the end of the XVII century, thanks to a radical reclamation of land, which created better health conditions and an ideal environment for the development of crops and livestock.

- the Church of San Martino di Bagnolo, built in the first half of the XVI century, whose portal is characterized by two semi-columns with capitals, surmounted by a crescent, flanked by two lancet windows and a circular window at the center. The bell tower is located on the rear, and has a square base and features lancet windows in the belfry surmounted by a conical spire and four pinnacles. Inside it preserves a valuable triptych from the school of Mantegna and a marble altar in Baroque style;
- the Church of San Lorenzo, built in the first half of the XIV century, features a semi-classical façade with outstanding capitals and bases. The portal is surmounted by a tympanum and a little higher it features a niche with a statue. Between the columns and the pediment above it, there is an inscription dedicated to the patron saint. Inside there are two interesting altarpieces: one of the artist Falcieri and another of Brusasorzi;
- the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Pradelle;
- the Fortress, a XIV century building edified by the Nogarola, which belonged to different owners, that succeeded in the course of the centuries. The building contains a small church dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo.


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