In Fair Verona

History

Verona was a Roman colony already in the I century B.C.; in 49 B.C., it became a Roman municipium.

In the XII century it established itself as an autonomous municipality (Comune) and the aspect of the city began to change with the construction of new civil and religious buildings.

In the second half of the XIII century the Scaligeri Seignory established itself and dominated the city until 1387. After a short period under the Visconti and the Carraresi, in 1405 Verona spontaneously surrendered itself to the Republic of Venice, which dominated the city until the invasion by the Napoleonic troops in 1796.

In 1801 Verona was divided into two sectors, as the river Adige represented the boundary of the Cisalpine Republic: the territories on the west side of the river were under French dominion while the ones on the east side of the river were under Austrian dominion. In 1805 the entire city passed under Napoleonic rule until 1814, when it was definitely annexed to the Austrian Empire. In the first half of the XIX century it had an important administrative and military role and became part of the Italian Kingdom in 1866.

 

Short Itinerary

The Arena (I century A.D.) is the symbol of the city and the starting point of our itinerary. Located in the beautiful Piazza Bra, it evokes antique atmospheres and fascinates tourists during the opera season. Along the western side of the square, the communal walls can be admired, as well as the impressive Palazzo della Gran Guardia. On the southern side there is the Neoclassical Palazzo Barbieri, while on the northern side there is the famous Liston, the spot par excellence for the Veronese evening stroll.

At the end of the Liston there is via Mazzini, the most frequented and elegant street of the city, which ends at Via Cappello, where, at number 23, can be found the House of Juliet and the famous balcony.

The nearby Piazza delle Erbe (Market’s square), the ancient Roman forum, is surrounded on the right by the Torre dei Lamberti and the frescoed Case Mazzanti, and on the left by the tall houses of the Ghetto and the crenellated Domus Mercatorum. In the background are the Torre del Gardello and the baroque Palazzo Maffei.

Closeby is the Piazza dei Signori, dominated by the statue of Dante, where, starting from the right side, you can see the Palazzo del Comune or della Ragione and the cortile del Mercato Vecchio with the Scala della Ragione. Then the Palazzo del Capitano and the Palazzo del Governo, current seat of the Provincial Administration and of the Prefettura. The latter palace is characterized by the Loggia del Consiglio, or Loggia of Fra’Giocondo. In the background can be seen the Domus Nova.

Beyond the Palazzo del Capitano, you can see the Arche Scaligere, the monumental Tombs of the Lords of Verona in the churchyard of S. Maria Antica. Nearby is Via Sottoriva, one of the most characteristic streets of the city, at the end of which you can admire the Church of Santa Anastasia, a splendid example of Italian gothic, which hosts the famous fresco by Pisanello “S.Giorgio e la Principessa”.

We have now reached the river Adige where you can see the Roman Ponte Pietra beyond which there is the historical Teatro Romano (both dating from the I century B.C.). The nearby Cathedral, built between the VIII-IX century A.D. and rebuilt in Romanesque style after the 1117 earthquake, hosts a precious triptych altarpiece by Titian, l’Assunta.

Going back towards Piazza Erbe you soon reach the ancient Porta Borsari (I sec A.D), which closes the homonymous road, Corso Porta Borsari. The nearby Corso Cavour leads you to the Arco dei Gavi and the impressive Castelvecchio, important residence of the Scaligeri family, built from 1354, and current seat of a museum.

The itinerary ends with the nearby basilica of S. Zeno, splendid example of Romanesque style, founded between the VIII and IX century in an area which had been a necropolis site in the Roman period. The façade in tuff stone presents at its centre a big rose window called Wheel of Fortune and has a precious portal decorated with bronze panels.  Inside, besides the crypt, you can admire a masterpiece of Renaissance painting, the “triptych altarpiece of Andrea Mantegna”, representing the Virgin Mary with Child and Saints.

 

 

 

  • Tema itinerario: Your time travel
  • Starting point: Verona
  • Arrival point: Verona
  • Route duration: about 2 h excluding visits
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