Piazza dei Signori & statue of Dante
From the Piazza Erbe street market, head towards the arches. You pass through these 2 arches (one of which is the Arco della Costa, whose name refers to he whale rib hung beneath it in the distant past), to reach the Piazza dei Signori.
In this pretty square you will find the Statue of Dante, who was a guest of the ruling Scaligeri during his exile from his native Florence.
The building with frescoes in the upper facade is the Loggia del Consiglio. The statues atop this building represent famous Romans born in Verona.
Bits and pieces
I took this shot specifically to give you an idea of just what the displays are like.
There are literally scores of pieces just lying around, some with explanations while others may be explained by the information sheets available at various points.
There are capitals, pilasters, arches, bits of mosaic and bases simply resting on the ground or in the cloisters of the monastery of the Gesuati (built around 1480). An interesting insight into the engineering genius of the Romans can be gleaned by visiting the big room (that's what it's called by the way).
There you can see an opening in the pavement and a side door allows you to see a hollow space - a cut about 18 metres deep and over 100 metres long. This was done in the tuff to prevent water infiltrations from reaching the theatre. To stop mudslides the walls were fixed with heavy wooden beams.
Piazza Bra - Arena
The perimeter wall fell into ruin or was deliberately destroyed over the centuries, and all that remains today is the fragment that towers above the arena, composed of three tiers with only four arches remaining on each tier. This is known to the people of Verona as the "Alla". or wing. What you see in front of the wing is the fifteenth-century shrine of the Virgin. It stands right at the beginning of Via Mazzini.
Dining – Top Local Wines
Yes, I could not miss this one. I just love good wine, as much as I do good food, music, stylish clothing etc. And the Veronese wines are one of the leaders of the Italian national export of doc wines. So, seeing the importance of the thing and my love of the subject, I’ve listed the best local D.O.C. Wines (with controlled specifications of origin). Only check the table of the years, to choose the really perfect one. Here’s the list, anyway:
- Valpolicella (including Recioto and Amarone, not to be missed),
- Valpolicella-Valpantena (with Recioto di Valpolicella-Valpantena),
- Soave (with Recioto di Soave),
- Bardolino, Bardolino Novello,
- Bianco di Custoza,
- Bianco and Rosso Valdadige, Valdadige Schiava, Valdadige Pinot Grigio,
- Tocai di San Martino della Battaglia and
- Lessini Durello.
You can go to the area where Bardolino and Custoza are produced following "la strada del vino" (the wine road) of Bardolino, of Valpolicella and of Custoza.
Hellas Verona is the soccer (futbol) club in Verona and has been around for over 100 years. Going to a soccer game in Italy is a great experience.
Tickets are generally pretty easy to get, usually you can walk right up and purchase them before a game.