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Ten centuries peeked from two portholes

Scavi Scaligeri - Verona

The Scavi scaligeri, under the Palazzo del Capitanio, from the '90s are a nevralgic point for contemporary and ancient art:  under its courtyard in piazza dei Signori you can find the Centro internazionale di fotografia. The facade is from about '500, but underground the ruins are beautiful and very ancient: two bull-eyes open the view through the pavement in the courtyard, showing a beautiful scene. The museum has an underground maze-like pattern , as the remains were found and left at different heights. 


Ponte Pietra - najstarszy, rzymski most w Weronie

Ponte Pietra najstarszy, rzymski most w Weronie

Ponte Pietra, nazywany też Stone Bridge (Kamiennym Mostem), jest najstarszym, rzymskim mostem w Weronie i jednym z najważniejszych, rzymskich zabytków w mieście.


Pierwotnie, most na rzece Adige, powstały jeszcze przed 89 rokiem p.n.e., nie był kamienny, lecz drewniany. Most kamienny zbudowano w 1 wieku p.n.e.,  podczas budowy drogi Postumia, łączącej miasta Genoa i Aquileia.

Ponte Pietra - the oldest roman bridge in Verona

Ponte Pietra the oldest roman bridge
The Ponte Pietra, or the Stone Bridge, is the oldest Roman bridge of Verona, and one of the most important Roman monuments of the city.
The original bridge across the River Adige, dating back to before 89BC, would not have been stone, but wood. The stone bridge was built in the 1st century BC, during the construction of the Postumia Road, which linked Genoa and Aquileia.

Porta Borsari - Roman gateway

The name "Borsari" comes from the term "bursarii", people that collected bishop's duties during the middle age. During the roman period this gateway was called Porta Iovia, in honor of Jupiter, whose temple was right out the walls of the Roman city. Now the temple doesn't exist anymore, but some remains are exposed in the Monumental Cemetery of the City. Porta Borsari was probably opened during 1st century b.c. on the Postumia way that in the urban area was called "decumano massimo" and it was renovated during 1st century a.c.

Roman theater Verona


The roman theater in Verona is considered the most important roman theater of northern Italy. It was built in 1st century, when the hill of San Pietro became a monument at the open air. Before the theater, in this area romans built the Stone bridge, Postumio bridge and some walls on the Adige river to defend the new building from floods. Today just a few ruins are visible because in the past, the nature and the populations who lived in Verona didn't preserve it very well.

Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona
The Arena is probably the most famous monument of Verona.
The building itself was built in AD 30 beyond the old roman's walls. The ludi (shows and games) staged there were really famous and even spectators from places far away, came to witness them. The amphitheatre could host more than 30,000 people in ancient times.

Romans in Verona


As I wrote on my first post, Verona is in the middle of northern Italy in a very strategic position and it was the same in the Roman period. At that time it was in the middle of a network of streets called Postumia, Gallica and Augusta and as a matter of fact Verona was one of the most important cities of the Roman Emperor. Now, if you visit the centre of the town you can find a lot of sites of this period and Verona is one of best conserved roman cities. For example, just walking around, you can admire these roman sites: an amphitheater, a triomphal arch, two gates, a bridge, a theater, mosaics, walls and marble streets.