21st June 2014, day 16 All photos by Hetty
We had a day in Verona on our way home from Val Gardena, in the Dolomites. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the train station to the historic centre. It was originally an important Roman town.
Puorta Nuova, Roman, near the Train and bus stations
Portoni della Brà – Entrance to Piazza Brà, which was used for the wood, hay, straw and livestock market in the 12th century
The Arena – The third largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, built early in the first century AD and still used today – seats 25,000 people.
The were putting up scenery for an opera
Inside the Arena
Piazza delle Erbe (Market square on the site of the Roman forum) with, left to right: the Torre dei Gardello – restored and heightened in 1363; Palazzo Maffei – facing, 17th century with statues of Greek gods on top; frescoed Casa Mazzanti; and the Torre dei Lamberti.
The fountain (left) was built in 1368 and uses a statue called Madonna Verona, which is a Roman sculpture dating to 380 AD; the statue of the Lion of Saint Mark is on a white marble column 1524; and the frescoed Casa Mazzanti 14th century (right)
Berto Barbarani, a poet, in Piazza delle Erbe
Domus Mercatorum, now a bank, in Piazza delle Erbe
Arco della Costa – an arch with a whale rib hanging from it, leads into into Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori, (Lords’ Square),
Palazzo del Comune
Loggia del Consiglio – 15th century (left), mediaeval Palazzo del Podestà (brick) , and statue of Dante, 1865, Piazza dei Signori
Arche Scaligere – Scaligeri cemetery
Verona’s Cathedral (Duomo)
Porta Borsari – Roman
Canossa Palace, built in 1530, Corso Carvour
Arco dei Gavi – Roman
Castelvecchio, (old castle) 1354, and Ponte Scaligero
Our flight home was wonderful – we flew into the sunset.