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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...
Ponte Pietra
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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 c...
Chiesa di San Zeno Maggiore
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Historical Notes. San Zeno was the eighth bishop of Verona. The basilica dedicated to him is one of the masterpieces of Romanesque art in Italy. Between the IX and XIII centuries, the abbacy was the richest and most powerful monastery in Verona. Various emperors sojourned there. The plague of 1630 decimated the monastic community, which became extinct. The monastery was suppressed by the Serenissima Republic in 1770. At the beginning of the n...
 
Chiesa di Santa Anastasia
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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 c...
 
Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)
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Historical notes Scaliger Bridge, also called the Ponte di Castelvecchio, is celebrated by historians as "the most audacious and wondrous works of the Middle Ages in Verona." Completed within three years, almost certainly between 1354 and 1356, was built by order of the Cangrande, which aims to ensure its stronghold on the river rising a separate escape (od'accoglienza relief) to the Tyrol, where he reigned his son Louis of Bavaria. The m...
 
Chiesa di Santo Stefano
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Historical Notes. The primitive nucleus of the church – the floor and lateral wall plan – probably dates from the V century, when the worship of the first martyr Stephen was introduced in the Veronese Christian community. St. Stephen’s remains were found in 415. The Romanesque church of St. Stephen was probably the Cathedral of Verona until the VIII century. In the VII century, in fact, the deterioration of the building imposed an almost c...
 
Teatro Romano
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Historical Notes. The Roman Theatre was built in the last quarter of the 1st century B.C., at the foot of the Hill of St. Peter. The building site of the Theatre remained open for several decades, which was natural, given the grandiose nature of the building. The few ruins visible today are definitely capable of documenting the building’s ancient splendour. During the course of time, the building suffered damage from the weather, the cataclysms t...
 
Tomba di Giulietta
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Historical Notes. Regardless of the ancient site that hosts it (the convent, which previously belonged to the Cappuccini Monks, dates from the XIII century), Juliet’s tomb as we now see it dates only back to 1937. That year, the Director of Veronese Museums Antonio Avena decided to give a new face to the site most identified as the place of burial of the Shakespearean heroine. An ancient red marble sarcophagus had lain in the garden of the former ...
 
Chiesa di San Giovanni in Valle
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Historical Notes. The history of St. John in the Valley (San Giovanni in Valle) is the history of three churches: the crypt goes back to the V-VI century and was built over an ancient early Christian cemetery; the second church was built by the Lombards in the VI-VII centuries and was destroyed by the earthquake of 1117; the current present day church dates from 1120 and was rebuilt over the ruins of the previous church. It was a baptismal parish ...
 
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Organo
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Historical Notes. A Benedictine Monastery, built during the Lombard era, St. Maria in Organo is the oldest monastery known in the city of Verona. The monastery and its church were both rebuilt following the 1117 earthquake, and were again rebuilt during the period from halfway through the fifteenth century to mid sixteenth century, by the Olivetani, who had been called upon to support the abbacy following the Scala and Visconti dilapidation. In ...
 
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