Near the Veja Adventure Park there are many fascinating places, today we are talking about a place that in addition to charm also hides a legendary history.
Close your eyes and find someone to read these lines for you.
Imagine walking into a tunnel carved into the mountain, with flickering lights that draw moving shadows on the walls, and listening to the silence.
You will seem to hear the ticking of chisels, and the voices of tireless quarrymen coming from the past through some crack in the rock.
They are the echo of history, told by those engraved walls that overlook your heads.
Imagine then walking through the long corridors of a stone cathedral, bordered by hand-carved rock from nave to nave, as far as the eye can see.
To observe the blocks carried out between sweaty bodies and strained muscles.
And then returning to the outside breathe deeply the fresh air of the area, and see those pink plates on the roofs of the houses and then down to the valley and up to the cities, rediscover them applied to the magnificent monuments that are so familiar to you.
Can you imagine such an experience?
Now open your eyes and read more, Prun’s caves are waiting for you.
The Prun quarries
At 10 minutes from Veja Adventure Park find Prun, one of the villages in the upper valley of Negrar di Valpolicella, a recommended stop for those visiting the area.
The Prun quarries , located on the eastern side of Mount Robiago, extend for over two kilometers.
According to historical sources, these monumental quarries already existed at the beginning of the 13th century. Around 1360 it is known that the stones extracted here were taken to the cellar of the monastery of San Zeno, where they were worked by the friars. However, intensive use began in 1700.
The stones that were extracted here adorned the main monuments of Verona facilitated by transport along the Adige river, then from the Po to those of many other cities of the Po valley.
They were entirely excavated by hand, by the expert hand of local quarrymen, who used their product transforming the hill into a majestic cathedral. [Cit. Wikipedia ]
No longer exploited since the 1950s, they have had different uses: from material storage to mushroom beds.
It is possible to request guided visits to the Caves of Prun to be held preferably on weekends by contacting the La Malga association in advance tel. + 39 340 5772823 (call in the evening)