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Venetian Verona


From 1404, after more than two centuries of independence, Verona became part of the domains of the Republic of Venice. St. Mark's winged lion, the symbol of Venice was raised everywhere in the streets and buildings and Verona lost its freedom, but at the same time, it gained the entry into a security and political-economic system that gave prosperity for a long time. Meanwhile, Italy was in the middle of a great movement, the Renaissance, so also Verona, started to be part of it and thanks to the work of painters such as Mantegna and architects like Michele Sanmicheli, Verona had the chance to become one of the most beautiful italian cities of the country.
Here the monuments a tourist should visit about this period:

  • Porta Nuova and Porta Palio - these are the main gates of the city, two architectural masterpieces by Michael Sanmicheli. By the gates you can see all the venetian walls built in the Renaissance.
  • Altarpiece of San Zeno church - another masterpiece by Mantegna, a work that conventionally marks the beginning of the Renaissance in Verona.
  • San Bernardino - this is a monastery where you can see the paintings of Francis Bonsignori and Mantegna and the Pellegrini Chapel, a magnificent project by Sanmicheli inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Here you can also visit the Hall Morone, an incredible room with frescos with full-size figures of monks and a beautiful Madonna with child.
  • Gran Guardia - this palace, right in Piazza Bra, the same square of the Arena, is an imposing building of the late Renaissance. It was a military academy and now is one of the most important centers for exhibitions and meetings. 
  • Mazzanti Houses - in the Erbe square there are these buildings with magnificent frescos facades. This is probably one of the most beautiful remains of the 16th century.
  • Loggia del Consiglio - in Signori square, it is considered the first Renaissance building in the Veneto region. This building is really astonishes with its beauty and elegance. Not far away, there is the lion's mouth, where during the venetian era, secret complaints against usurers, smugglers and conspirators were placed.
  • San Giorgio and San Paolo - these are two churches of Renaissance period where another famous painter, Paolo Veronese, left his important imprint.
  • Castelvecchio Museum - the castle is not from the venetian period, but inside the museum there are many paintings and works by artists of Verona's Renaissance.

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