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Duomo di Verona
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Historical Notes. The successive early Christian, high medieval, Romanesque and Gothic contributions through the course of time have made the Duomo an extremely rich architectural complex, more than just a single building: it is formed by the Cathedral, the square, the Capitulary Library, the cloister of the Canonicals, St. Elena, St. Giovanni in Fonte and the Bishopric. The history of the Verona Cathedral is the history of four Basilicas. Among t...
Arena di Verona
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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....
Castel San Pietro
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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 V...
 
Castelvecchio
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Historical Notes. Following the revolt headed by his half-brother Fregnano, Cangrande II no longer felt safe inside the city: on top of the surrounding city walls, he had a castle and a bridge over the Adige River built. The new dwelling was to be a palace, fortress and a guarantee of escape. The construction of the castle, entrusted to Guglielmo Bevilacqua, began around 1354. Cangrande lived there for only a little while, because on 14 December 1...
 
Arco dei Gavi
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Historical Notes. Around mid 1st century A.D., The Arch was built to honour several members of the Gens Gavia, an illustrious family that may have been of Veronese origin. The site was chosen with care, on a road of great transit, the Postumia, at the margins of the plateau where the city could develop: the precise point where it rose is marked by a grey marble rectangle that is visible from the roadway. During medieval times the arch became a c...
 
Porta Borsari
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Historical Notes. Built towards mid 1st century A.D., Porta Borsari was initially called “Porta Lovia”, because of the nearby temple of Lustral Jupiter. In medieval times it was called “Porta San Zeno” and then Porta Borsari, probably because the so-called “Bursarii”, that is to say the tax collectors with bags, levied entry and exit tariffs on goods at this gate. Only the external façade towards the countryside remains of the original c...
 
Torre dei Lamberti
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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 h...
 
Chiesa di San Fermo
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Historical Notes. This is one of the most beautiful temples in Verona. The first traces of this church go back to the VIII century. The Benedictine restructuring that took place in the XI century was particularly important. It apparently started in 1070: the Benedictines built the upper and lower church and began construction of the bell tower, which was finished much later, towards the beginning of the XIII century. Architecture and Art. The f...
 
Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida
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Historical Notes. Towards 1046, a Benedictine monastery was built on the banks of the Adige River. It was almost totally demolished during the initial decades of the 19th century. Alongside the monastery a Romanesque church was immediately built, of which nothing remains today. As testimony of its presence there remains the bell tower, which dates from the XII century. In 1442, the monastery was given to the Canonicals of St. Giorgio in alga of V...
 
Casa di Giulietta
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Historical Notes. “Capuleti House” was long the property of the Dal Cappello family. The combination of Cappello and Capuleti led people to believe that this had been Juliet’s house, the unhappy lover of the noted Shakespearean tragedy. In reality the building dates from the XII century. In 1905 the house was purchased by the City of Verona. The building took on its current aspect only seventy years ago: Antonio Avena, director of the cities m...
 
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