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Verona Panoramica

30/04/2010
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Verona, grazie alla favorevole posizione ai piedi delle "Torricelle", ci regala alcuni stupendi luoghi panoramici. Partendo dall'Arena di Verona, dal cui interno è comunque possibile avere un discreto panorama sul Piazza Brà, imbocchiamo Via Mazzini per giungere in Piazza delle Erbe. La Torre dei Lamberti, on i suoi 84 metri, è sicuramente un'ottimo punto di osservazione di Verona dall'alto. L'itinerario prosegue per Piazza dei Signori, le Arche Scaligere, la Chiesa di Santa Anastasia e Ponte Pietra, per poi giungere sul piazzale di Castel San Pietro, altro meraviglioso luogo panoramico. Per chi ha voglia di fare un'ultimo sforzo l'itinerario termina sulla collina di fronte, sul piazzale del Santaurio di Lourdes. Lo sforzo verrà ampiamente ripagato da un panorama mozzafiato.
Itinerary "Verona Panoramica" has 10 stops:
A) Arena di Verona
Historical Notes. The Roman amphitheatre, the Arena, is the most renowned Veronese monument. Today the Arena is set in the historical centre and acts as a backdrop for Piazza Brà. But once upon a time, when the Romans built it, the monument was located at the margins of the urban area, outside the circle of the walls. The Arena summarises in itself almost twenty centuries of local history. Through time, it has become the very symbol of the city. Its cult has far away roots, that go back to Carolingian humanism. T...
B) Piazza delle Erbe
Historical Notes. Market Square (or the square of herbs) occupies a good part of the area of Verona’s Roman Court, where the Maximum Decuman and Maximum Cardo intersected. Through the centuries, the square has been the centre of the city’s political and economic life. Monuments. The square is surrounded by buildings and monuments that have marked the history of Verona. We have included in this guide the special cards for some of these buildings (the City Hall, Lamberti Tower) in the following pages. The c...
C) Torre dei Lamberti
Historical Notes. In the middle of Piazza Erbe, on the corner towards la Costa, stands the slim Tower of the City, or Lamberti Tower. Apparently construction of the tower began in 1172. In May 1403 lightening struck the tower and knocked off its top. Some time later, it was decided to restore and raise the tower higher. The restoration lasted from 1448 to 1463-1464. Architecture and Art. In the Romanesque period, the tower was modest in height, as can be seen by the construction in tuff and brick. Two bells w...
D) Piazza dei Signori
Historical Notes. “Lords’ Square” shows no signs of Roman times, even though it is very near to the ancient court, which later became “Market Square”, Piazza delle Erbe. For the history of this place, you have to start from the Scala family seigniory, bearing in mind, however, that in the square there were already the Municipal Palace and the Domus Nova. At the end of the XIII century, the square (which was then called Platea Domini vicarii), did not have today’s rectangular form; neither the palace that is now c...
E) Arche Scaligere
Historical Notes. The Scala family arches are among the most distinguished monuments of gothic art in Verona. As early as the end of the sixteenth century the arches presented serious problems of conservation. This is a theme that will be re-proposed to the attention of those responsible for public administration. While a complete restoration of the arch of Mastino was performed in 1786, it must be remembered that there was a general project of restoration in 1839. John Ruskin, who wrote of the how grace of the a...
G) Chiesa di Santa Anastasia
Historical Notes. The Basilica of Saint Anastasia is definitely the most important gothic style religious monument in Verona. Construction on the church started around 1290 and lasted a century. It was supported by the Scala family, however the name of the architect is not known. The site chosen for the construction is very near to Lords’ Square, where the Scala family had their palaces; therefore Saint Anastasia presumably became the official church of their court. The church is in the Italian gothic style, w...
H) Ponte Pietra
Historical Notes. The Stone Bridge is located in one of the most panoramic and suggestive sites in Verona. Regardless of the vicissitudes and reconstructions the bridge has undergone, it remains one of the most important monuments or Roman Verona. It is legitimate to date the bridge prior to 89 B.C. – the year when Verona became a Latin colony – an initial bridge across the Adige, perhaps in wood, may have been built in this site following the construction of the Postumia Road, which ran from Genoa to Aquileia, in 1...
I) Castel San Pietro
Historical notes The hill is located in a strategic position. It was inhabited since Roman times of Verona and continued to be inhabited during the barbarian invasions from Alboino and Rosamund, by Pepin, by Berengar, King of Italy. On the ruins of the fortress built by Berengar between the end of the century IX and the beginning of X, and at the old Romanesque church of San Pietro in Castello - which gave its name to the hill - Giangaleazzo Visconti built Castel San Pietro in 1398. The building dominated f...
J) Santuario di Lourdes
Inaugurato nel 1909 a Verona il santuario di Nostra Signora di Lourdes ha subito diversi rifacimenti. Oggi è possibile visitare la Cappella dell’Adorazione, le vetrate artistiche e le statue che dagli inizi del 900 hanno occupato il santuario. Nel 2003 è stato inaugurato il "Percorso del Rosario" che racchiude i venti misteri del Santo Rosario. Il Santuario di Lourdes sovrasta la città e dal suo piazzale si può godere un magnifico panorama di Verona....

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