The town of Fumane is located about 15 km northwest of Verona, in the middle of the Valpolicella valley, just south of the Lessini Mountains Regional Park. Many different features and landscapes make an outing through the municipality’s territory very worthwhile: grassy plateaus, rolling hills, forests and steep ravines to the north; vineyards, cherry trees and olive groves to the south. Small neighbourhoods , built of local white limestone where time seems to have stood still, ancient villas and protected natural areas complete the scene.
Archaeological finds show that this territory has been chosen for human settlement since prehistory: Grotta di Fumane was used first by Neanderthals then by Modern Man as a base during the warm season, from 90.000 to 40.000 years ago.
Other prehistoric finds in the area date from the end of the last glacial maximum to the Neolithic. On some hilltops, sturdy stone walls mark the places where Bronze and Iron Age villages (castellieri) were built, controlling the access to the valleys. Just before the Roman Empire arrived in this part of Italy, about two centuries BC, a population called the Arusnates, now believed to be of Etruscan origin, made Fumane the capital of their Pagus, as testified by many funerary or celebratory inscriptions on dismantled monuments found over the centuries and now conserved in local museums. A roman villa (1st - 5th Century AD) lies under a vineyard just south of the town.
The Middle Ages are represented here mostly by surviving place-names, as buildings and other structures were incorporated in later churches, villas and monasteries, such as the church of Santa Maria del Degnano in Fumane,12th century, and San Marziale in the neighbourhood of Breonio, 13th century, both modernized in the 16th and 17th centuries.
During the Renaissance period many rich Veronese merchants and aristocrats built their country residences in Valpolicella. Villa della Torre (16th Century), on the outskirts of Fumane, is one of the most notable examples in Northern Italy of the surge of interest in Classical scholarship and values typical to this period.
Nowadays Fumane and its territory is a popular tourist destination for many other reasons: cool summer walks along the streams in deeply cut valleys; the fantastic Waterfall Park in Molina; wine tasting in the many wineries that produce Valpolicella Classico, Amarone and Recioto. The ever-growing hospitality sector - common to all the Valpolicella area - makes Fumane an interesting alternative or addition to a holiday in Verona or on Lake Garda.
VALPOLICELLA (PROVINCE OF VERONA)
The territory of Valpolicella extends over 240 km2 of land and is located in northwest of Verona. Rich in culture and in wine and food, its borders are: the Western Pre_Alps to the north, the Adige River to the South, the Valdadige Valley to the west. Valpolicella is composed of the following municipalities: San Pietro in Cariano, Fumane, Negrar, Marano di Valpolicella, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Sant’Anna d’Alfedo, Dolcè e Pescantina.
A map of Valpolicella can be downloaded here.
Where to stay
In Fumane many ancient buildings have been restored and refurbished into B&Bs and small hotels. For an up-to-date selection see the accommodation information page of the Provincia di Verona website.
Food and drink
Places where you can enjoy local traditional cooking and Valpolicella wine are never far away.
This link can give you an idea.
Wine production is the most relevant economic sector of Fumane.
RELAXING AND ENTERTAINMENT
San Giorgio di Valpolicella (Website in Italian only)