A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 39 of 493
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22 A HISTORY OF VERONA
low peninsula thrust up like a knife into Lake Garda from the
south, none of which are now in the province, were then included
in the district. The boundary on the north extended a few
miles farther up the Brenner than the Italian frontier of to-day
(which stops just south of Borghetto) reaching as far as Ala on
the east bank of the Adige, and Pilcante on the west. With
these exceptions, however, the Veronese district at the end of
the twelfth century was much the same as the present province,
for Riva, at the head of the Lake of Garda, which is now
Austrian, did not then form part of the Veronese territory,
though it had belonged to her in the tenth century1 and was
afterwards, together with some of the adjoining castles, conquered
by the Scaligeri. The boundaries of the district at this
time are shown by a very interesting list of the rural communes
which were under the jurisdiction of the Commune of Verona
in 1 84.2 The frontier stretched along the south shore of Lake
Garda to a point a little west of the peninsula of Sermione. It
included Ponti and Monzambano on the right bank of the
Mincio, and then crossed this river to Valeggio. From here it
marched with the north-east boundary of Mantua as far as
Ostiglia on the Po, following more or less closely the line of
the small stream called the Tione. From Ostiglia it made a
slight deviation northwards, touched the Po farther east at
Gaiba, and then turned north again, crossing the Adige at
Castelbaldo, and continuing in an almost unbroken line (with
one detour to the east to include Cologna) to Torre di Confino,
which marked the boundary between Verona and Vicenza on
the road skirting the foot-hills of the Alps. From Torre di
Confino it passed along the east ridge of the valley of the
Alpone to the high range of the Lessine Alps, which running
east and west, formed a natural northern frontier for the
Veronese district, almost as far as the Lower Brenner. Between
the Lessine Alps and the Brenner the Veronese boundary
followed a small stream to Ala, where it crossed the Adige
and the high volcanic range of Monte Baldo to a point on the
1 Vide two documents of 983 and 993, printed by Ughelli in Italia Sacra,
vol. v. pp. 746-47.
2This document is printed by C. Cipolla, N. A. V., vol. x. p. 478.
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