Two different aspects are easy to notice: on one hand Verona was the focal point of painting and on the other it was a model for modern military architecture: elegant palaces which date back to the Renaissance and the Baroque centuries,impressive frescoes and decoration were built alongside unassailable city walls and fortifications. Look one way and Verona shows itself as a prosperous merchant city,look the other way and you notice the fortified military outposts: come see for yourself the two-faced city of the venetian era.
This tour starts with a bus tour
in order to have a look at the venetian city walls
, which were built exactly where the walls of the middle ages were. The symbol of the new walls are three imposing entrance doors: Porta Nuova
, Porta Palio
and Porta San Zeno
are impressive buildings by the architect Michele Sanmicheli
and are the perfect introduction to Verona in venetian times. As we cross the medieval bridge of Castelvecchio
we will fill you in on the history leading to the year 1405 when Verona became part of the Venetian Republic and walking along Corso Cavour
you will admire some of the most impressive examples of renaissance and baroque architecture in town: Palazzo Canossa
, by the afore mentioned Michele Sanmicheli, Palazzo Carlotti
,the façade of the painter Giolfino’s house and all this is only an introduction to what you will see in Piazza Erbe! Entering the square you will immediately see the winged lion
, symbol of Venice, and nearby the elaborate Palazzo Maffei
. Verona in the past was called ‘urbs picta’, the painted city
and here you will understand why: many façades still are conspicuous thanks to their frescoes
depicting religious or mythological scenes. The Mazzanti’s house
is surely the best example of the wealth spent by the various families for this lavish decoration. In the center of the square the small building is known as the ‘pillory’
and in the year 1405 the seal and the keys of the city were handed to the Venetian representatives… the beginning of Venetian rule in Verona. We walk on to Piazza dei Signori
, political and administrative center of the city also under Venice. Look around and you will see various statues: Girolamo Fracastoro, a famous doctor and the learned Scipione Maffei are among those represented. Many buildings of different ages are to be seen and one of these belongs specifically to this tour: the Loggia del Consiglio
, built at the end of the XVth century, is a perfect example of Renaissance architecture. Many narrow streets lead us to the Cathedral of Verona
. The first construction goes back to the IVth century AD, but in Venetian times it was transformed into one of the most beautiful symbols of ‘painted’ Verona. The interior is rich in paintings by local and foreign masters and the architecture blends with the frescoes.
To finish our tour we head towards Piazza Brà
to see the many elegant buildings surrounding the gardens and admire also the façade of the Gran Guardia
: it used to be the military accademy for the noble venetians and was started in the XVIIth century AD.
MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST
TYPE OF ITINERARY
MAXIMUM DURATION: 3,5 hours MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION: the bus or car of the clients is necessary for this tour. The first part of the tour is by bus, after about 20 minutes we start our walking tour which ends in Piazza Brà. SUITED FOR: groups, schools, families, individuals, visitors with reduced mobility* *Some parts of our tour have uneven surfaces and there are few steps along the way. Only steps reach parts of the Cathedral.
Entrance to the Cathedral.
BUS: check out www.amt.it for entrance fee to the city and parking fees. CAR: Parking Arena, Parking Cittadella, Parking Isolo, Parking Centro. All Parking areas are more or less a 10-15 minute walk from the Arena (Piazza Brà).
THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE IN: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Finnish and Japanese. Ask for the language you are interested in.
IN-DEPTH VISIT OF VERONA
TO COMPLETE YOUR DAY: Basilica of S. Zeno, Church of S. Anastasia, Church of Santa Maria in Organo, Museum of Castelvecchio, 'Painted Verona'. FOR WHOEVER HAS AN EXTRA DAY: Verona, Lake Garda, Soave, Valpolicella, the Rice Road Tour.
We reserve the right to slightly modify this itinerary if necessary. ASSOGUIDE is not responsible for changes in the opening hours of the various monuments. Check the exact tariff based on your specific requests at the TARIFFS
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