Leaving Verona, the route heads east on the ancient Roman Via Postumia towards Vicenza. After a few kilometers, past the center of San Michele, the road winds through the numerous valleys that descend from the Lessinia mountains to the plain lands. When you see the recently restored Montorio Castle, you are in the eastern hills of Soave. Once in Vago, turn left and leave the congested main road, Statale 11, to the Soave Wine Route. The road is flanked by olive groves and vineyards as you head towards Colognola ai Colli. Further on, in the Pieve area it is possible to visit the well restored Romanesque church of Santa Maria della Pieve.
Continue north to the village of Illasi full of villas and dominated by the mighty remains of the Castello d’Illasi. The 13th century Castle also belonged to the Montecchi family. The castle presents the classic “mastio”, or the main residence of the lord, flanked by the “cassero”, the troop dormitory. The whole area is enclosed by an elliptic wall with a panoramic view of the hill below dotted with centuries-old olive groves that flank cherry orchards and vineyards. Legend has it that the spirit of a woman wanders the rooms of the castle. Could it be the ghost of Juliet who is looking in vain for her beloved?