Valpolicella is also a prominent location for marble and stone quarries, the earliest of which were already used during the Roman empire. The continuous digging transformed some of them – and the Cave di Prun complex in particular – into unique underground maze-like environments definitely worth a visit. All around them natural parks abound, such as the famous Parco delle cascate taking its name from the many waterfalls created by the confluence of various rivers. All of the above, not to mention the traditional stone houses dotting the local hills, make Valpolicella a little-known but very pleasant destination for tourism. The second surprise is that, if you are like most non-Italian wine lovers, you probably ignore that Valpolicella doesn’t just bottle the Classico, the aromatic, light and quite unremarkable table wine you should be nonplussed about. As a matter of fact, the same geographic name applies to three more – and very different – wines. From the most to the less common, the first is the Classico Superiore, or Ripasso: aged for one year at the least in wood barriques, it has a stronger flavor heightened by a special pass through the leftover seeds and skins from the preparation of Recioto. This is the real secret that made Valpolicella wines famous through the ages, and that makes this variety unique throughout the world.