Verona Monuments

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Palazzo del Comune (o della Ragione)
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Historical Notes. The majestic palace that was once the City Hall, alongside Piazza Erbe, and which long housed the Offices of the Magistrate’s Court and court of Assize, is a monument that the citizens of Verona are proud of. It is an imposing complex, with an almost square plan and a central court. The complex is located between Piazza Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Via Dante and Via Cairoli, thus occupying the southeast corner of what must have b...
Loggia del Consiglio (o di Frà Giocondo)
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Historical Notes. This is a loggia that the notables of the City of Verona desired to build for meetings of the Patrician Council. Only in 1476, however, was it decided to build a beautiful loggia with marble columns. The phases of design and construction of this gem were extremely long, due to an unknown architect, or a group of citizens who waited for many years. Based on an erroneous attribution advanced in the nineteenth century, the V...
Palazzo del Governo
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Historical Notes. As early as 1311 Cangrande I della Scala resided in the new Palace of St. Maria Antica, the current palace of the Provincial Administration. The palace has a façade that faces Lord’s Square and another one that phases the Scala family archways. It appears that Cangrande hosted the poet Dante Alighieri precisely in this building, when he came for the second time to Verona from Florence. It was also in this palace that Giotto f...
 
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
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Historical Notes. The current church was built at the beginning of the XII century over the remains of a previous early Christian building, built around the V or VI century and restored after 793. The new church, in the Romanesque style, was built around 1110, re-utilising part of the previous construction material. After the earthquake of 1117, the perimeter walls of the apses were raised. At the end of the century the church was completed with t...
 
Casa di Romeo
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Historical Notes. Montecchi House, located in via delle Arche, is not far from Juliet’s house; at one time, in order to go from one to the other, all you had to do was cross the Botanical Gardens, which were much more spacious then than now. Legend has it that this was the home of Romeo Montecchi: as he left his house, Romeo almost immediately reached reached the fateful balcony where Juliet awaited him anxiously. It is certain that the M...
 
Chiesa di Santa Maria Antica
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Historical Notes. S. Maria Antica is in the Romanesque style and rises in the area of a small VII century church. It was rebuilt and consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Aquileia, Gotifredo. The present-day church became the private chapel of the Scala family, who built the family cemetery area in the church courtyard. Around 1630, the inside of the church was modified in the baroque style, but at the end of the 19th century the church was r...
 
Chiesa di San Giovanni in Foro
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Historical Notes. San Giovanni in Foro is an interesting religious building located in Corso Porta Borsari, which dates at least back to the XII century. The church, built on the Maximum Decuman, bordered directly with the Court, thereby giving the building its name. Because of its proximity to the Court, the building also had the title of basilica. The church was damaged by the fire that destroyed most of Verona in 1172, and this is the j...
 
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