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Castelvecchio
This is the most imposing example of medieval civil architecture in Verona.  It was built in 1354-1357 by Cangrande II della Scala as his residence and fortress. The structure is entirely of brick with turrets and battlements and has two main areas.  That on the right is rectangular with turrets in the corners and encloses a large courtyard, the piazza d’Armi.  That on the left, the real della Scala palace, has a double wall with two courtyards and drawbridges. A section of wall from the Comune period (first half of 12th century) was incorporated into the castle and runs between the two parts.
Castelvecchio is joined to the opposite bank of the Adige by the picturesque ponte Scaligero (della Scala Bridge).  The crenellated structure is in brick and has three arches on turreted pilasters.  It was rebuilt after being destroyed in the war in 1945. 
The castle houses the Art Museum, home to 14-18th century works of art from the Veneto school and collections of 13th century Veronese sculptures, including the incredibly important equestrian statue of Cangrande I from the della Scala tombs (Arche Scagliere).

Address and Hours :
Castelvecchio Museum
Corso Castelvecchio 2, phone 0039.045.594734
Fax 0039.045. 8019729
Email: castelvecchio@comune.verona.it
www.comune.verona.it/Castelvecchio/cvsito/index.htm
Hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm; Monday from 1.45 pm to 7.30.

Castelvecchio


Piazza dei Signori
This piazza, the Lords’ Square, was the seat of the city’s public institutions, especially during the della Scala period.  It is a courtyard enclosed by monumental buildings that give the square a noble look and a statue of Dante (1865) adorns the centre. 
On the right is the 12th century Palazzo del Comune o della Ragione (Town Hall or Accounting Building), which has an internal courtyard with Romanesque portico, triple arched windows and a 15th century staircase called the scala della Ragione (Stairway of the Accounting Building).  The building is topped by the 84m high Lamberti tower from the 12-15th centuries.
Under an archway there is the Palazzo dei Tribunali (Courts/Tribunal Building) with a massive della Scala tower and a portal by Sammicheli (1531).  On the other side of the square is the beautiful Loggia del Consiglio (Loggia of the Council), one of the most stylish Renaissance creations in the Veneto Region.  Tradition has it that it was built by Fra Giocondo as the seat of the City Council.  It is composed of a portico with eight arches, the main floor has wide mullioned windows and the whole loggia seems exuberant thanks to the colourful paintings and decorative sculptures.
The Palazzo del Governo (Palazzo of the Local Government) is an old della Scala family palace and welcomed Dante and Giotto among its guests.  It has a magnificent Sammicheli portal.

piazza dei signori


Arche Scaligere
To the right of the Palazzo del Governo in Piazza dei Signori one passes into a small square that is one of the most enchanting corners of Verona.  Here is the church of S. Maria Antica (12th century) and the Arche Scaligere, the monumental tombs of the city’s signori (della Scala) The thirteenth century wrought iron fencing with the family coat of arms encloses the monumental tombs above which are elaborate gothic baldachins and ornate statues by master sculptors (14 h century).
Inside the enclosure are the tombs of Mastino II, on the left, Cansignorio and towards the back that of Giovanni.  Above the doorway to the church is the tomb of Cangrande I with its equestrian statue (this is a copy; the original is conserved in the Castelvecchio Museum).

Address and Hours :
Arche Scaligere
Via delle Arche Scaligere
You can visit externally the Arche Scaligere during all the year; from June to September is possible to visit the area inside the surrounding wall with a ticket that you can buy near the Lambert Tower. It is possible to buy a ticket that combine the entrances of Arche and of Tower.

Arche Scaligere


Juliet’s house:
The house was built in the 13th century and, as can be seen from the coat of arms carved into archway inside the courtyard, for a long time belonged to the Cappello family. 
Identifying the Cappello family with the Capuleti gave rise to the theory that this was the home of Shakespeare’s heroine.
The house’s current appearance dates back to a 20th restoration which intended to give the building an “ideal” medieval look.
The internal façade is of brickwork, with a portal is in the gothic style,  triple arched windows and a balustrade connecting the various parts of the building. What dominates, however, is the famous balcony
Inside the house are furnishings from the 16th-17th centuries, frescoes relating the story of Romeo and Juliet and Veronese Renaissance ceramics.  The rooms on the top floor have triple-arched wooden ceilings with panelling painted in blue with gold stars.
A bronze statue of Juliet by sculptor Nereo Costantini stands in the courtyard.

Address and opening hours:
Juliet's house
Via Cappello 23
Phone: 0039.045.8034303

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 7 pm and Monday from 1.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

Juliet's House


Basilica of Saint Zeno Maggiore
One of the most important Romanesque basilicas in Italy and, together with the Arena, the most celebrated of Verona’s monuments.  It is located in a wide, quiet square and its tuff façade has an arcade of paired arches in pink marble and a central 13th century rose window – the ”ruota della fortuna” (wheel of fortune) – decorated with six statues depicting the vacillations of human life.
On the left of the basilica is the 13-14th century tower, the only remaining structure of the old abbey, and on the right there is the separate 11-12th century bell tower which is divided into floors by cornices of tuff arches and rises to a double-storied bell chamber with triple mullioned windows and surmounted by a small conical spire with four pinnacles at each angle.
The interior is simple and majestic with three naves.  The aisles are divided by cruciform pilasters with alternating capitals some with zoomorphic motifs and the others in the Corinthian-style, the latter coming from Roman buildings. 
The open crypt houses the body of St. Zeno in a sarcophagus and has a nave with seven arches supported by ancient columns.
The left nave leads to a beautiful Romanesque cloister with double columns and capitals with pointed leaves.  Under the portico are sepulchral tombs and monuments.

Address and opening hours:
Basilica of Saint Zeno Maggiore

San Zeno Square
The entrance is at payment: it is possible to buy a ticket for the single church or a ticket that combines the 5 churchs of S.Zeno Maggiore, S.Anastasia, S.Lorenzo, S.Fermo Maggiore, Cathedral of S.Maria Matricolare.
Opening hours: weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm
In the holidays from 1 pm to 6 pm.
The visits are cancelled during the religous ceremonies; information and for book guided tours you can call the ASSOCIAZIONE “CHIESE VIVE”, Corte S.Elena, Piazza Duomo 35, phone/fax 045. 592813
Web site: www.veronatuttintorno.it/chiesevive/

Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore