Borghetto sul Mincio or a trip to the village of the mills
Borghetto sul Mincio is one of those cities which you must visit if you are in Verona or surroundings. It is included in the list of the most beautiful Borgos of Italy (“I Borghi piu belli d’Italia”).
The city’s name, translated from Lombard, means “fortified settlement”.
Despite its very modest size, Borghetto attracts a large number of tourists, photographers and creative people from all over the world. And there is a reason for that. It is stunningly beautiful at any time of year and unique in its architecture.
If you search for information about it on the Internet, the first thing that comes to your eyes is the photo of three mills, as if born from the depths of river waters. Thanks to them, Borghetto is also known as the “village of mills”. Now, of course, the mills are no longer in operation, but have been replaced by apartments or bars/restaurants with terraces. We visited one of those places and we really liked it: sitting on the terrace, the river streams crashing on the foundations of the building, and the feeling that you’re not on the mainland, but on an island. I love islands because it gives you a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
The second place of interest is the medieval bridge Visconteo Ponte Visconteo . Its construction was initiated by Gian Galazzo Visconti and lasted two years from 1393 to 1395. The bridge is part of the defensive complex of the Scaligers’ Castle, which is located on a hill above the city. There you can go up and admire the city from a height. Unfortunately, only one tower “Tonda” (XII century) remains of the castle.
This place is of particular interest to fans of Italian cuisine. Borghetto and the nearby town of Valeggio sul Mincio are the birthplace of tortellini.
Tortellini are Italian dumplings made with unleavened dough, meat, cheese or vegetables. The tortellini are shaped like small dumplings, with the corners of the dumpling being held together to form a ring or bud.
Interestingly, in these parts they are also known as “love knots”. They are said to resemble the handkerchief knot that a young couple would tie before taking a swim in the Mincho River. The pride of these places is that the tortellini are made exclusively by hand. They are served with melted butter or in broth. I really like the latter option. For those going to Italy in June, every year in June, Borghetto hosts La Festa del Nodo d’Amore. For the festival, tables are set up on Ponte Visconteo and everyone who has bought a ticket gets a chance to have dinner on this stunningly beautiful and old bridge and enjoy tortellini.
How to get from Verona to Borghetto
Borghetto is about 30 km from Verona. You can get there either by car or by bus number 160, which leaves from the railway station. You can buy tickets at the ticket office at the station as well as on the bus. Travel time is 1 hour and 20 minutes. The bus only goes through Borghetto once a day, but through Valeggio every hour. From Valeggio you can walk down to Borghetto.
Do not forget:
Toss a coin for good luck! When you enter the old town, on the left you will see a water wheel and next to it an enamel container that says “Buona fortuna” (“For luck”). That’s where you need to send your coins.