Soave, between vineyards and castles
Soave is a town in the province of Verona. It is not clear whether it was the town that gave the name to its famous wine, or the wine that gave the village its name. Legend has it that Dante Alighieri, a guest for a banquet at the Scaligero castle, even gave the town the name "Soave" by virtue of its delicious wine. More likely that the name of Soave derives from the distortion of the name of the Swabian tribes who settled here, following King Alboin.
The Scaligero Castle is the main attraction of the area. It is likely that the castle was built on an ancient fortress of Roman origin. The first document that testifies to its existence dates back to 934, when fortifications were needed to protect the inhabited centers from invasions by the populations of Eastern Europe. It is a medieval construction that dominates the plain below from the slopes of Monte Tenda. The keep, twenty-four towers and the walls that run around it belong to the castle, forming three courtyards at different levels and which finally embrace the village.
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