Verona’s river customs used to be a warehouse for the goods that travelled along the river, and remained active until the beginning of the 1900s. With wherries – flat-bottomed boats up to 30 m long – they transported from Venice to Bolzano goods that came from the far West, like America. Then railways and the diffusion of engines replaced transport by river. At the end of World War II a bombing from the allies set the roof on fire, destroying it; it was never repaired, and now it’s the last surviving testament in the city’s centre of the destruction of those times.
Since the post-war period to this day, only canoeists remain to frequent and take care of the old Customs, the basin it looks onto and the river.
The Customs will host a guided sensory course, available for everyone. Visitors will rediscover the scents and flavours of far-off spices, plants and fruits that still today sweeten and flavor our foods, drinks and cosmetics.
It’ll be the chance to discover or recover the atmosphere of old times and, through the suggestion of scents and flavours, travel to distant lands in search of mother Earth’s wonderful variety.
The Customs will be accessible both by river via inflatable boats and from Via Filippini.