Mazzanti Houses

These buildings were owned by Alberto I della Scala, who used the mas “Domus Bladorum”, that is the wheat store house. The Mazzanti family bought the houses around the first decade of 1500s.

The big façade in Piazza Erbe is completely frescoed, and in particular the central zone is by Alberto Cavalli and it represents high code of ethics frescoes, with allegories to the Envy, the Ignorance and the Good Governance.

The custom of decorated walls was very popular, and denoted a particular status of the owner. From 1300s they started to imitate fabrics, cloths, geometric patterns, bricks and marbles, humans and animals. In the 1400s and 1500s, in Verona you could find more than 300 painted façades: in fact, it has been called “Urbus picta” (painted city).


You can see them only from outside.




Address: Piazza Erbe, 37121 Verona.


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