Gran Guardia Palace

Standing behind the town walls, the magnificent Palace of the Gran Guardia, with its elegant steps, was built in two different historical periods.

Building started in the first half of the 17th century, in the baroque style, and it was designed to counterbalance the arena. Due to a short age of funds the work was interrupted, only to be completed (along with the steps) two centuries later in 1836.

The edifice was initially built by Domenico Cartoni, a pupil of Sanmicheli, for military purposes – on rainy days troops could also be reviewed under the building’s wide porch.

It has recently been restored and is now an important convention centre hosting exhibitions, cultural events and fairs. The interior of the building cab be visited on these occasions.




Address: Piazza Bra, 37121 Verona.


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