Visit Date: October 12, 2019, at approximately 2:00 p.m.
On our first day of arrival, October 12, 2019, our next stop was the beautiful village of Borghetto. We passed through Milan and traveled east on the highway all the way to the outskirts of Verona, Veneto. We arrived there and parked our car in a parking lot a little far from the center of the village, from where it was only a two-minute walk. After that, we started sightseeing. This was a paid parking lot, as I guess it’s a famous tourist attraction. It certainly seemed that there were many cars and a lot of people there.
On both sides of the road leading to the village, there were a few little snack shops and souvenir shops. So There seemed to be no doubt that there may be many people visiting. After a while, we were able to see a small river. And after turning left, we could see the village.
At the corner of the street, there was a relatively large with an impressive terrace of restaurants spread out in front of it. A lot of people were relaxing there. And from there we were able to see the view of the village. How beautiful…. Fortunately, the weather was good.
There are so many restaurants and souvenir shops.
The name of this village “Borghetto” means “small village” in Italian. It was built in the 14th century by the Visconti family, the rulers of the area.
I couldn’t find any information about when the village was formed on the official website, but the Romanesque church that remains in the village seemed to be built around the 11th century, which means that the history of the village is at least nearly 800 years old.
We visited the castle on the hill. It was possible to go there by microbus from the foot of the hill, but it takes about 5 minutes to walk, although it takes a little bit of physical strength to climb up the steep hill.
We arrived at the top of the hill where the castle was during the siesta, but we arrived 10 minutes before 3pm when it reopened. After a short wait, we were able to enter the castle. During this waiting time, we were gathering information around our house in Tokyo, which was under pressure because of the approaching typhoon passed through Tokyo by this time. But fortunately, we were relieved to hear that the typhoon had already passed Tokyo, the rain had stopped, and the rivers near our house had not overflowed.
Returning to the topic of tourism in the village, the castle was like a typical observatory with a great view. It was a bit hazy, but we had a great 360 degree view of the beautiful Veneto plains from here. We could see the magnificent road leading to the White, built by the Visconti family in the 14th century.
This is the end of our visit to the beautiful village on our first day of arrival. I’ve arranged for an apartment in Verona’s old town for the day, which should take about an hour.
(To be continued)