Because of its strategic position, halfway between Verona and Lake Garda, about 10 kilometres away, and because of its gentle morainic hills rich in vineyards, olive groves, cherry trees and peach trees, Sona has fascinated many since ancient times. The Lombards settled here first, then the Romans, and the Scaliger family after that; later on it became part of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, which left its mark with splendid villas and courtyards. But there are also many reminders of the Italian unification and the battles fought between Sona and Custoza in 1848, like the watchtower La Guglia, set in the centuries-old Parco Romani of Villa Trevisani.
Today the township of Sona includes the fractions of Palazzolo (where the Scaliger Tower stands out), San Giorgio in Salici and Lugagnano, about 18 thousand inhabitants in all. It has a long tradition of farming and wine-making, but has recently included tourism as its livelihood.
There are many events that attract a growing number of visitors, like the many fairs held between June and September: some examples are Sant’Anna a Lugagnano, or the Festa degli Ossi de Porco (pig bones festival) on 8 December, or the Carnival parade on the third Sunday of Lent, with the town’s official costume – the Tzigano – floats and players coming from abroad in their hundreds!
Don’t miss Lugagnano’s weekly market on Tuesday morning, where you can find typical products of the season.
As far as places of interest go, you are spoilt for choice. In Palazzolo there is the Pieve di Santa Giustina, Europe’s most ancient rural church built before the year 1000 on the ruins of a Roman temple.
In Lugagnano, the Church of Sant’Anna is home to a masterpiece by contemporary artist Federico Bellomi: Arbor redentionis, a 240 square metres painted surface illustrating the history of Salvation.
The“Attilio Fedrigo” Palaeontology Museum inside the Sona public library has on display fossil artefacts of ancient eras coming from Italy and abroad.
There is also natural beauty you can discover through the many cycling routes that cross the land, like the 400-year-old Nettle Tree at Corte Pietà in San Giorgio in Salici, that is the oldest in the province of Verona, or the tunnel of love, in Guastalla, a pedestrian route flanked by two branches of the river Tione, with plants and flower creating a beautiful domed archway!