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Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella

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Municipality in the province of Verona, located in a beautiful valley traced by ordered rows of vines and surrounded by mountains, like a vast natural amphitheater, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella is known for the extraction of marble and the production of fine wines, such as: Valpolicella, Recioto and Amarone. It offers, in addition to the excellent food and wine, a series of nature trails and ecological interest.
The area was inhabited since ancient times: recently, in fact, traces from the Bronze Age have been found. An Arusnati settlement, later colonized by the Romans, it was proclaimed "castrum" and controlled a large area. With the loss of cohesion and the dissolution of the Roman Empire it became easy prey of the Barbarians. St. Ambrogio became residence of the Lombards and the hamlet of San Giorgio became their Royal Court. At the time the municipal territory was divided between to two jurisdictions: those of the bishops and those of the accounts. The town submitted a certain development in both economic and demographic ways, due also to the colonization of the population of the highlands in the lowlands and in the center of Sant'Ambrogio. The following history was characterized by the same events that it divided with the entire region.

Attractions:
- the XVII century Parish Church of St. George built where formerly stood a pagan temple. Radically restructured in the XI century, it is in Romanesque-style and entirely made of stone. The portal is part of an arched frame and interrupts an apse, the church is divided into three naves with the central one much larger than the side ones. It has three apses on the eastern side and ceiling is of wooden beams. The Bell Tower features a belfry with three beautiful arched windows. The church has a beautiful XII century cloister with valuable frescoes, a XII century baptismal font and a Shrine of the Lombard period;
- the XV century Church of Santa Maria Maddalena in the district of Ponton;
- the XIII century Church of San Zeno in Poia;
- the XVI century Villa Nichesola in Ponton;
- the XVIII century Villa Rovereti in Domegliara;
- the XIX century Villa Brenzoni;
- the XVI century Villa Serego-Alighieri in Gargagnano;
- the Museum of the Parish.

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