Do you know the Italian lasagna? Wide and flat, it’s probably one of the oldest types of pasta. It’s time to know the Veronese lasagna. Join us on our Verona Lasagna run
A wide strip of smooth stone (commonly basalt or the local white marble) positioned in the middle of narrow military roads, carved into the rock, surrounded by high walls to hide the marching soldiers.
Along with the lasagna, the soldiers walked. Along with the smooth lasagna, the goods were made to slide towards the valley. Today the lasagna can be a nice, challenging route to run up and down the hills around the city.
The Unesco Committee inscribed Verona on World Heritage List also because the city “represents in an exceptional way the concept of the fortified town at several seminal stages of European history”.
So we could take advantage of castles, fortresses, walls, ramparts… and many “lasagnas” around which a city was built in 2000 years.
On this Verona Lasagna tour, we’ll run in the park on the large Renaissance walls, in the 19th-century Austrian arsenal, around a medieval castle, up and down the “lasagna”, reaching deconsecrated churches that have become stables, prisons, barracks …
We’ll cross a Roman bridge where two centuries ago a sort of Check Point Charlie was placed when Verona was like Berlin, with the Adige river instead of the wall dividing the city occupied by two foreign armies, we’ll see the remains of two rings of Roman walls, the walls built by barbarian kings, two rings of medieval walls and at last the Venetian walls.
Walls, walls and walls… perhaps not by chance “There is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence banished is banish’d from the world, and world’s exile is death…” (Shakespeare “Romeo and Juliet”).
But we will also see the hidden marks left by the last World War that not even the locals recognize.
Yes, it’s a kind of military tour, but some of these ancient fortifications today are so beautiful and evocative that they do not even seem like military constructions. The partly hilly route, in some parts quite challenging.