The Historical Centre

 The Duomo, in Romanesque style, was built in the XII century in the vicinity of the Adige River, in the area that the Romans had earmarked for the hot springs. Although it was remodelled in successive periods, it represents a monument that is rich in history and works of art.
The complex includes the churches of S. Elena and St. John at the Fountain, as well as the Square of the Bishopric. The seat of an important Capitulary Library is located in Duomo Square.
The church of St. Anastasia is located not far from the Duomo (XIII-XV century). It was built in the gothic style and is adorned with many works of art. Continuing along Corso St. Anastasia, you reach the lively Piazza delle Erbe (the vegetable market square), situated at the centre of the ancient Roman Court and dominated by the high Lamberti Tower. The square is surrounded by stupendous palaces built in various periods, some of which are adorned with frescoes that are still visible.
Adjacent to this is Piazza dei Signori (Lords' Square), which bears important signs of the Scala Seigniory and the Venetian domination. At the centre of the square, the statue of Dante Alighieri recalls the divine poet’s long sojourn at the Court of Cangrande.
The ancient City Hall (also known as the Palazzo della Ragione), the Captain’s Palace, the stupendous Loggia del Consiglio, built in 1400 and the Palace of the Government. In the immediate vicinity there are the Romanesque church of St. Maria Antica, whose portal bears the tomb of Cangrande I della Scala, and the monumental complex of the Scala Arches, with the tombs of Mastino II and Cansignorio.

 

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Chiesa del Duomo (Cattedrale)

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Chiesa di Sant'Elena

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Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia

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Piazza delle Erbe

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Torre dei Lamberti

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Piazza dei Signori

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Palazzo del Comune

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Loggia di frà Giocondo

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Palazzo del Governo

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Chiesa di Santa Maria Antica

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Arche Scaligere

Modern Centre

From Piazza delle Erbe, along the central, elegant Via Mazzini, you can reach the wide and suggestive Piazza Bra’, dominated by the enormous Arena (1st century A.D.). Numerous places face the square, dating mostly from the Venetian era, the Palazzo della Gran Guardia and Palazzo Barbieri, which is now the City Hall.
Continuing along Via Roma, you come to Castelvecchio.
The imposing structure was built along the shore of the Adige River during the reign of Cangrande II; it is now the seat of the Civic Museum of Art.
At the end of Corso Cavour, there is the church of San Lorenzo and the Roman Porta Borsari (1st century A.D.). Beyond the gate, you can walk down the avenue, which has the same name, which winds its way back towards Piazza delle Erbe.
Halfway down the avenue is the beautiful Romanesque chapel of San Giovanni in Foro.

 

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Piazza delle Erbe

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Piazza Brà

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Arena

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Castelvecchio

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Museo Civico di Castelvecchio

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Arco dei Gavi

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Chiesa di San Lorenzo

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Porta Borsari

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Chiesa di San Giovanni in Foro

Juliet and the Right Bank of the Adige River

This itinerary touches the localities where the story of Romeo and Juliet took place, the characters in the Shakespearian tragedy of the same name. Entering Via Cappello from Piazza Erbe, you encounter the so-called House of Juliet, with its famous balcony, overlooking the courtyard, and the bronze statue of the girl. Not far away is the House of Romeo.
Continuing along Via Leoni, in the vicinity of Navi Bridge, is the church of San Fermo Maggiore, which admirably unites the Romanesque and Gothic styles.
Just a short walk away is the Tomb of Juliet, situated in the vicinity of an ancient convent: it is the sentimental cemetery of the city and is visited by romantic tourists from every part of the world.

 

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Piazza delle Erbe

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Casa di Giulietta

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Casa di Romeo

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Chiesa di San Fermo

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Tomba di Giulietta

 

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