Wine festivals, food and wine experiences in the cellar, gourmet food trucks and much more … here are the things to do in Verona if you love food and wine.
Autumn has arrived and with it the beautiful colors of nature with its warm and enveloping shades. It is the season of chestnuts and pumpkins but also of red wines sipped in front of a warm fireplace.
The atmosphere that this season gives us is excellent for enjoying wonderful experiences and is absolutely an added value that should not be underestimated.
With this article we will give you many valuable food and wine tips to better enjoy autumn in the city of Verona, but also how to rediscover its surroundings away from the tourist crowds.
Here is the list of what to do in Verona in Autumn.
Food and wine events in the city and surroundings
Whether you are a lover of good wine or good food, Verona offers many activities during the Autumn period: between festivals and initiatives you will be spoiled for choice!
- Bardolino in the cellar
If you love wine and discover new wineries this is the proposal for you!
“Bardolino in the cellar” is an initiative that involves the wineries producing Bardolino wine, which on the weekend of 2 and 3 October will open their doors to the public with delicious food and wine proposals.
The Monte del Frà wine company (located in Sommacampagna in via Custoza 35), organized a musical evening for the occasion; guests will have the opportunity to taste Bardolino DOC wine accompanied by a gourmet dish (prepared by Chef Chiara Bertaiola in her Food Truck) and free access to the “video-art-tutorial” in the cellar basement.
The price is € 15 for adults and € 13 for children and places are limited.
Click here for the booking page.
When: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2021
Where: Bardolino and surroundings
Wine and gastronomy in the cellar
- Food Truck Gourmet – Mura Festival
The center of Verona comes alive throughout the summer until October 18 with the Mura Festival: an initiative that includes concerts, theater, outdoor yoga, cinema and … food truck!
A decidedly tantalizing idea for a different evening under the banner of street food. Inside the San Bernardino bastion you will find the area dedicated to street food completely surrounded by greenery. Admission is free.
When: Until October 18, 2021
Hours: 18-11 pm
Where: Bastioni – Verona center link with directions:
Festival del vino “Hostaria Verona”
In third place in our list of “what to do in Verona in autumn” we find Hostaria Verona: an unmissable event for all Veronese people.
Known as the “Verona wine festival” it will take place on the weekend of 8 – 9 – 10 October in the city center. Between Piazza dei Signori, Cortile del Tribunale and Cortile Mercato Vecchio you will find many food and wine stands in the area, where, by paying an entrance ticket (from € 16.50 with presale) you will receive a glass and you can take advantage of numerous wine tastings.
The name of the Festival is inspired by the value of hospitality in its highest meanings: “to create opportunities for social encounters to share passions, interests and fun”. The best conviviality is expressed in places, such as old taverns, where there are no boundaries of categories and where social roles are equalized by the pleasure of being together, beyond any difference.
When: 8 – 9 – 10 October
Where: Verona center
Link for tickets and locations: http://www.hostariaverona.com/mappa/
Val Polis Cellae – Alla scoperta dei vini della Valpolicella
An autumn Sunday dedicated to the wines and flavors of Valpolicella among the evocative yellow-orange colors of the vineyards of this beautiful period.
During the “Val Polis Cellae” event you will have the opportunity to get to know some of the best wineries in Valpolicella, and to discover where the secrets for the production of excellent local red wines are carefully kept.
5 itineraries immersed in the 5 valleys of the historic Valpolicella, to discover the peculiarities that each reserve to wine and that each winery values with pride.
From 10:00 to 18:00 the 18 participating wineries will keep their doors open, for enthusiasts, onlookers, wine tourists who will be able to visit the companies and taste their products, enjoy moments of art and culture set in courtyards, wine cellars and tasting rooms where local artists and artisans will exhibit their works.
Each company participating in the initiative will be happy to offer a guided tour and a tasting of their Valpolicella wines.
It will also be possible to have lunch with typical dishes and local products, served in collaboration with local restaurants, to buy wines or other products.
An event not to be missed where art, nature and flavors will be the protagonists of this wonderful territory: Valpolicella.
When: Sunday 10 October
Where: Cantine della Valpolicella – Verona
Link for tickets and locations: (Tickets from 25.00)
Degustazione “alla cieca” in cantina
A wine tasting inside the underground rooms of the cellar designed to get to know wine through your senses.
Bookable for the whole autumn, it is a real adventure that will intrigue even the most hardened wine lovers! What is it about? Is simple! 6 Bottles in which the label is covered in order to be free to taste and be able to express your sensations without the influence of external factors.
An experience suitable for everyone, with a playful and original spirit.
The experience includes: Guided tour of the cellar with the owner, six wines for tasting with covered bottles (blindly) and a guide to the recognition of aromas and scents according to the level of difficulty of each present.
When: Available for all autumn and winter months
Where: Cantina Monte del Frà (Sommacampagna in via Custoza 35 VR)
Link for tikets and information: https://www.montedelfra.it/degustazione-alla-cieca/
Discovering the food and wine culture of the place
What to do in Verona and surroundings on a rainy day? Easy! Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the place by visiting a local museum or villa.
We recommend the Bardolino Oil Museum, but in this area there are also numerous historic villas that are worth a visit. Among our favorites is Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella where you can let yourself be conquered by the frescoes and taste good wine from the attached cellar.
Museo dell’olio a Bardolino
Among the things to do in Verona in autumn there is certainly the Bardolino oil museum to discover the history of local rural crafts.
In the museum itinerary you can admire an imposing lever press, a perfectly functioning water-powered crusher and other highly original examples of specific presses and equipment.
During the visit, videos are shown that illustrate the history of the olive tree and oil, elements that have characterized the history and civilization of the Mediterranean peoples.
Attached to the museum is the company shop with olive oil tasting and specialties in olive oil.
When: Weekdays from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 19:00. Holidays 9:00 – 12:30
Winter hours (January and February): Weekdays from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 17:00. Closed on holidays
Where: Via Peschiera, 54, 37011 Cisano VR
The food and wine tours
Two ideas on how to spend an autumn day in Verona to enjoy the colors, atmosphere and traditional flavors of the place.
Veronetta, tra il giardino Giusti e le osterie locali
Veronetta is a district of Verona to be discovered just a stone’s throw from the historic center. Out of the ordinary sightseeing tour and weekend crowds, it’s worth considering if you’re looking for what to do in Verona in the fall season.
This route is ideal for a cultural walk and a visit to the beautiful Giardino Giusti, perhaps with a food and wine stop in its historic inns and taverns such as Osteria da Morandin or Osteria ai Osei.
The Giusti Garden is the only sixteenth-century Italian garden in Verona. A green oasis ten minutes from the Arena where you can see collections of flowers, Roman artifacts and a majestic avenue of cypresses, fountains, acoustic caves and one of the oldest hedges in Europe.
A path of nature, art and history that can be visited in a couple of hours that culminates with a belvedere from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the city.
When: from Monday to Friday: from 10.00 to 19.00 (last admission at 18.00) Saturday and Sunday: from 10.00 to 20.00 (last admission at 19.00)
Where: Via Giardino Giusti, 2, 37129 Verona VR
Percorso del tamburino sardo con degustazione di vini locali in cantina
a small village in the province of Verona, it offers numerous ideas for walks in nature and history. One of the most loved and passable by young and old is the path of the Sardinian drummer which in autumn gives us an atmosphere of rare beauty. At the end of the walk it is possible to book a wine tasting accompanied by local cold dishes directly inside one of the local wineries. The evocative rooms offer relaxation and refreshment in the company of the owner of the winery.
Info on the route: this trail is easy to walk and winds for about 3 km following the ridge of Monte Croce (about 153 meters high). The route starts from the square of the church of San Pietro in Vinculis in Custoza and continues in the direction of Sommacampagna.
All information can be found on the site: