Following the revolt headed by his half-brother Fregnano, Cangrande II no longer felt safe inside the city: on top of the surrounding city walls, he had a castle and a bridge over the Adige River built. The new dwelling was to be a palace, fortress and a guarantee of escape. The construction of the castle, entrusted to Guglielmo Bevilacqua, began around 1354. Cangrande lived there for only a little while, because on 14 December 1359, he was betrayed and killed by several assassins, paid by his brother Cansignorio, who took over dominion of Verona. With the fall of the Scala family, the castle was transformed from a royal palace into an urban fortress, and such was its destiny, both during the Visconti occupation and during the four centuries of domination by the Serenissima Republic. It began to be used as a museum between 1920-1930.
Architecture and Art. The castle appears as a single unit, but it is a complex made up of three distinct walled perimeters. In the great courtyard, from which access is gained to the museum today, there was a garrison; the wide space served as a training ground for the soldiers, and it was closed on three sides by the turreted wall. The first tower was called the Clock Tower; at this tower, the church of San Martino in Aquaro had been conserved. The second tower pertained to the drawbridge and postern, the third protected the corner and the fourth protected the wall towards the river. The so-called royal palace, namely the residence of the della Scala family, was developed on two floors of the building.
The bridge. The bridge rises along a tract of the Adige River where the riverbed is about 120 m wide. Because of the natural grade of the riverbed, it does not deposit or excavate material. The bridge is a masterpiece of engineering, absolutely one of the best examples that can be cited for the thirteenth century. It has three arched spans; the overall length of the bridge is 119,90 m. The base of the piles and arched lintels are made of local stone; the rest of the bridge is in brick. The bridge was minded by the retreating Germans and blown up on the evening of 24 April 1945, as was the Stone Bridge. In 1951, the bridge was inaugurated, at the end of a delicate and exemplary reconstruction entirely in conformity with the original.
Overlooking the river and facing the town, the Castelvecchio is an impressive castle with a fair share of history. The merlons are M shaped, which is different than most. There is a museum with sculptures and 12th century exhibits. Built by the Scaliger family, that seem to quite the mafioso type.
Castelvecchio is a medieval castle built by Cangrande II in the mid 14th century. Today this magnificent castle is turned into an art gallery with aerial walkways and corridors designed by Carlo Scarpa.
The art gallery contains Roman, early Christian and Renaissance Art. Ponte Scaligero links the castle with the other part of Verona spanning over the river Adige. The bridge is a local’s favorite spot for stroll and a perfect place for admiring the sunsets and the Alps in the distance.
The Castelvecchio is a castle that was built in the 1350s by Cangrande II, one of the members of Verona's ruling Della Scala (Scalageri) family. The castle was restored in the 1920s (and again in the 1960s and 1970s) and turned into Verona's primary art museum. It has an impressive collection of medieval religious art and renaissance paintings, featuring artists such as Bellini and Caroto.
This Old Castle (it wasn't always called that, but got the name Old when the newer fortifications were built on the hill of San Pietro) was built by the Scala family during the 14th century when they were the rulers of Verona. It became their residence and fortress during the rule of Cangrande II in 1354.
Cangrande, appropriately enough, translates as "top dog".
Attached to the castle is this fortified bridge called Ponte Scaligero over the River Adige, which the Scala family eventually had to use to make their escape from the city when they had fallen out of power.
Second photo: Here's a front view of the castle, from Via Roma.
Third photo: In the castle there is now a very interesting museum with artworks from several centuries.
Fourth photo: A painting of Salome in the Castelvecchio museum. The story of Salome was made into a play by Oscar Wilde, which in turn was the basis of the opera Salome by Richard Strauss.
The bridge was most likely built to form an escape route for the Scala family. It was completely destroyed during WW2 in 1945 and reconstructed in 1951. Its a fabulous red colour and you can walk along it.
Lots of art, sculptures and statues. Housed in the Scala family castle and not so much a museum (more art than anything else) I found the actual castle, its architecture and interior areas very interesting in itself as it has been lovingly restored in the 1950s-60s.
6€ entry unless you have the Verona card (which you can also buy here - 10€ for a one day Verona card or 15€ for a 3 day - see general tips for info on the Verona card)
In the mid 1300's, the Castelvecchio was built for the Scaligeri family - who ruled Verona. This fortified castle along the Adige River was their residence and provided protection for the family; and also provided a quick escape route in case of trouble.
Drawbridge, dry moat, thick walls and clock tower and all the other castle essentials are there for your enjoyment.
The Castelvecchio is now a museum within a museum. You can tour the castle as well as see the art collection housed within.
The Castelvecchio dates back to the 14th century and it was built for the Scaligeri family, who ruled over Verona during the Middle Ages. In reality, the castle was more like a medieval fortress built to protect the family from their enemies in Venice and also from popular uprisings, complete with a moat (it's now dry), a drawbridge, and a fortified bridge at the back that would allow the Scaligeri to escape in case of attack. The Castelvecchio now houses a really nice art museum, made all the more pleasant to visit since it allows you to explore many rooms of the castle and enjoy some amazing views of the Adige River and Ponte Scaligero. The museum was designed by Carlo Scarpa, an Italian architect who was well known for his ability to integrate historic features into modern designs, and the final result is quite impressive. Once you're done visiting the museum, don't forget to walk across the beautiful Ponte Scaligero and climb up the steps for a great view of the Adige River!
The Castelvecchio museum is included in the Verona Card (closed on Mondays).
Consider starting at the Arco dei Gavi (Gavi Arch) and making an immediate left before Piazza Bra. Go under the portico, and stop at Savoia. This has to have the best gelato, ice cream in the city of Verona. They have video showing how they make the ice cream. You will not regret it.
Continue down Corso Cavour until you see the structure in front of you. This is Castelvecchio.
The "old castle" is an imposing structure that can be best described as a fortress. From the city side, there is the entrance via a small drawbridge to the Castelvecchio Museum. There is a great deal to explore, both within and without. A good start is just across the small drawbridge, the Castelvecchio Museum.
The museum has a nice courtyard, and there are signficants artifacts, and paintings and frescoes from the 14th century within. There are works by Andrea Mantegna (Holy Family), Pisanello (Madonna with the Quail), as well as paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese.
There is much to be learned about the history of Verona from the palace rooms, the ground floor gallery, and the exhibition of Veronese Painting.
There are original fresco decorations that were part of the original San Martino in Aquara Castle built by Cangrande II della Scala between 1354-1356.
The emphasis of the ground floor gallery are sculptures. The range of these works is between 1179-1335. This includes the Sarcophagus of Satins Serge and Bacchus, and the equestrian statue of Cangrande.
The first floor of the museuem has fourteenth century fresces that have been taken from churches and other buildings of Verona. The second floor is pure Renaissance with paintings by Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini, and other artists that represented the Venetian School and the Mantegna School.
On the second floor of the gallery, where one can see the statue of Cangrande up close and personal, is an exhibition of fifteenth century Veronese painting.
The castle is surrounded by a moat, and therfore to get to the Scaliger Bridge that spans the Adige River, one has to cross the street, turn left, and look for a long walkway. On certain days you can find strolling musicians. Entering the front or riverside, there are spots to climb and get in a nook and take a neat picture of the person high above you.
The Della Scala, or Scaliger, family built this castle as a royal residence from 1354 to 1375. They also added the bridge over the Adige River. The Scaligers left the city in 1387, and others took control.
It remained a military fort until right after World War I. Since then, it's been an art museum. This is one of Verona's most distinctive buildings.
Built between 1355-1375 by Cangrande II, this castle was a defense against the intruders to the area during the many years of warring. The influential Scaligeri family ruled the city from the 13th century, and that continued for 200 years. The crenelated walls are magnificent and very decorative with the curved brick pinnacale. It was situated along the Adige river for protection on one side and access to water and river traffic flow. The Austrians used the site as barracks. The strategic location right on the river is a good defense position. In 1923 and 1965 the castle was restored, and in good shape today.
The museum holds one of the finer art galleries in Veneto region. There is also a lot of statues, ceramics, and gold works. It also has a number of wood works done by a famous (forget me who) artist in 1950's. IN the rear area is armor and armory items for viewing, and a big bell, and frescoes leading unto the wall perimeter. The view form the perimeter top is nice, and you feel like you were there during the hey day of the empire. The castle was restored 1959 through 1973 by architect Carlo Scarpa, and he modified some areas for impact of the museum items to present.
Entry is around 6 Euro-but a Verona card for 11 Euro allows entry to this and many other sites. 9-17 except Monday
the castelveccio was built by cangrande II between 1355 and 1375. this impressive brick fortress now houses an excellent art museum. on display are roman, medieval, and renaissance works of art. the museum has an interesting collection of jewery, armor, and swords.
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Castelvecchio ("old castle") is a castle in Verona, northern Italy, built in 1354–1356 by Cangrande II Della Scala as a fortification against threats from outside the city and from insurgents within. Thus, the bridge from the city to the other side of the Adige River is only accessible from within the castle walls. In 1925 the building was converted from a military fortress, and now the Castelvecchio Museum (Museo di Castelvecchio) displays a collection of sculpture, statues and paintings in this medieval setting. Restoration by the architect Carlo Scarpa between 1959 and 1973, has enhanced the appearance of the building and exhibits. Scarpa's unique architectural style is visible in the details for doorways, staircases, furnishings, and even fixtures designed to hold a specific piece of artwork.
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This castle was built by Cangrande II of the della Scala family [1354 - 1357], and was intented both as a dome and a set of fortifications.
Belonging to this castle, the bridge Scaligero is a part of the city transport system. From here, you have great views if the city