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History and Art

Arche Scaligere - Scaligeri Graves

If you walk toward the Cathedral coming from delle Erbe square passing through Piazza dei Signori you will notice some monuments that are called Arche scaligere. These are the tombs of the Della Scala family, the most important family of the past of Verona that ruled in the city from the 13th to the late 14th century. There are five Gothic funerary monuments right out of the church Santa Maria Antica.

Dante statue in Piazza dei Signori

This post is dedicated to the main italian poet that spent some time of his life in Verona. I want to tell you the story of the statue of Dante Alighieri positioned in the Lords Square (Piazza dei Signori), one of the most beautiful squares of the historical center of Verona.

Basilica San Zeno in Verona

San Zeno Church
San Zeno church, dedicated to the saint patron of Verona is one of the oldest churches of Verona and of Italy too. The legend says that a first small church was erected on the patron's tomb in 380, but the present building's history begins in 9th century. The Basilica was damaged or destroyed by a Magyar invasion in the early 10th century and in 967, a new Romanesque edifice was built by Bishop Raterius on the same site. On January 3, 1117 the church was damaged by the worst earthquake that hit Verona during its history, and it was restored and enlarged in 1138.

Piazza Bra Verona

Piazza Bra is probably the most famous square of Verona because here you can find the Arena, the roman amphitheater that every year hosts concerts, shows and the Opera festival. In Piazza Bra there are several monuments and important buildings like the Gran Guardia, a huge palace of 17th century that now hosts exhibitions, conventions and events. Piazza Bra is than the site of the town hall, called Palazzo Barbieri and there is a beautiful side of the square full of historical palaces with restaurants, shops and smart houses (this side of Bra square is called "the Liston").

Piazza delle Erbe Verona

When tourists come in Italy one of the first things they always appreciate are the historical squares. In Verona, as in many other important cities of art there are a lot of areas in the open air where people use to stay during the day and the night because the good climate encouraged them to meet with each other. Verona has many beautiful squares and many historical periods are visible thanks by the buildings and remains that are everywhere around these places.

Loggia del Consiglio - Verona


Loggia del Consiglio is situated in Piazza dei Signori; it's the first building fully of renaissance style in all the Veneto region. It was completed in 1492 and it became the site of the town council right from the beginning. An important historical note is that in 1405 Verona was annexed to the Republic of Venice by its own accord. The venetian domain granted pace and prosperity to the city that in the past was full of internal struggles. 

San Fermo Verona

Palazzo del Capitano Verona

This palazzo is also called Palazzo di Cansignorio. This is one of the main buildings of Piazza dei Signori, one of the most beautiful squares of the historical center. All the names given to this monuments are an evidence of its importance in the history of Verona. The facade of the Palazzo del Capitano is from renaissance period when Verona was part of the Republic of Venice, but we know that the palace existed before this time.

Mantegna Verona

This post is dedicated to one of the artists that during the Republic of Venice made Verona a center of the Renaissance art.

Andrea Mantegna was a North Italian Renaissance painter, a student of Roman archeology, and son in law of Jacopo Bellini. Mantegna was similar to other Renaissance's artists and experimented a lot with perspective. His flinty, metallic landscapes and somewhat stony figures give evidence of a fundamentally sculptural approach to painting. 

Lamberti tower - Verona

The Lamberti tower is situated in Piazza Erbe, the former roman forum of the city. Its name (Lamberti) comes from a family of Verona whose origins are unknown, but we know for sure that this building was their tower-house and we also know that it was built in 1172 during the middle age.
On 1295, two bells were placed on the tower: the first one (the small one) called "Marangona" was to signal fires and the big one, called "Rengo", was to call a meeting of the town's council and to call the citizens of Verona in case of attacks to defend the city. The two bells have been fused several times and they are actually well conserved.