The hidden little gems of the town, Verona
The Courtyard of the Mercato Vecchio is the name given to the inner courtyard of the Palazzo del Comune. The square courtyard is bounded by the four inner walls of the Palazzo, the zebra striped decorative effect, obtained by using bands of brick and stone, is common to both the exterior and interior walls. The courtyard is distinguished by the bold design of its gallery, which is built in the solid Romanesque style.
The elegant Gothic staircase, its two flights supported on various kinds of arches, was added in the mid-15th century.
Via Sottoriva can be reached by walking down by side facade of the Church of St. Anastasia in direction of the River Adige. It is one of the oldest streets of Verona and certainly best preserved of all ancient streets of the town. Most of the buildings along the street date from the Middle Ages and one side is completely composed of arcades, or porticoes as its called in Italian. There are couple of nice taverns in this street and two very nice souvenir shops.
Watch this splendid entrance at Palazzo del Capitano. It was designed by famous architect Michele Sanmicheli and was added to the palace in the 16th century, in the same period when the front facade was reconstruated.
Through the gateway, on the other side of the courtyard, you can see the famous Porta Bombardiera which leads you to Piazza F. Viviani.
This statue, which stands on Piazza delle Erbe right next to the Domus Mercatorum, is dedicated to the Justice.
On its piedestal is written:
"Dal luogo sacro la civilta Italica arra di liberta e giustizia tende la spada".
As you stroll around Verona you may get lucky and see an artist painting,this one was very good paninting next to a statue of a famous poet,writing and poertry been famous in Verona for a long time,maybe thats why Shakespere was here often,I dont know.
This old well (pozzo in Italian) is situated in a tiny street next to the Piazza dei Signori. It was obviously built in the medieval times of Verona. The well is built of stone and nicely decorated.
On the other side of the Adige, nearby the youth hostel, and worth the detour from the main touristic area. Run by Comboniani missionaries (honestly speaking, that was the first time I?ve ever heard of such a religious order) who have long been active in Africa, the museum provides insight into indigenous African civilization: the environment, culture, traditions and customs. It houses weapons, masks, tools and craftwork. It also organizes exhibitions devoted to specific themes. Free entrance (yes, who does not love great freebies! ? I certainly do!)
Address: S. Giovanni in Valle, vic Pozzo 1 Opening Hours: 9-12am/3-6pm Tel: 045 596238
Just near S Giovanni in Foro church Francesco also showed us this old wash house tucked away in a quiet alleyway with an osteria opposite it. I never would have known it was there. Today it has been converted for a cafe and seemed a popular place to park scooters!
Always something interesting going on at the centre near the arena,today it was a show by the famous dance school here,yesterday it was tractors and some machinery,can't decide which i liked best.
The whole entire city of Verona seems to be off the beaten path. Just stroll and wonder around in and out of shops and cafes. Its a nice change of pace from the bigger tourist spots in Italy.
The lion is the Symbol of Venice and the Veneto. Verona lies on the Western portion of the province.