The Castelvecchio is a very charming and interesting spot to view some art and walk around a medieval castle. The art is great - though beware of Madonna and child overload- but it's also really interesting to see architect Carlo Scarpa intervention of cement and steel which helped to preserve and restructure the Castle. Also...cool drawbridge and moat (no crocodiles though).
Hugely impressive 14th century pile sitting on the river bank to the west of Piazza Bra. Superby converted into a museum, the 'standard' castle/museum displays spread through the labyrinth of rooms, corridors and alleyways. Great views of the river as well.
One of my favourite spots in Verona is the opposite bank of the river from the old town near the Ponte Scaligero and the Castelvecchio. Here you can sit in a shady small park near the kiosk style Cafe Arsenal, the bridge in view and, if you get too hot, dip your feet in the freezing (even in July) waters of the River Adige.
The castle, an imposing civic building from the medieval Veronese period, was built between 1354 and 1356 by order of Cangrande II della Scala. The design was conceived by the della Scala family as a defence against both outside invasions and popular rebellion.
The surrounding area allowed for a rapid and easy escape from the city:after crossing the fortified bridge, accessible only to the noble family, the road to the north along the Adige valley was a secure route.
The castelvecchio was built in the 14th Century as a home to the lords of Verona, the Scala family. In their time as lords, the Scala family and Verona dominated the area of Veneto and was known for its anti-papal stance. This was probably one of the reasons for the building of castelvecchio. However in 1387 Venice, Milan, Florence and the Papal states united and overthrew the Scala family.
What stands today is a beautiful castle, that houses a museum. It costs 4€ to go into Museo di Castelvecchio. What at first looks like a small museum is actually a very large one spread out over the castle. There are scultputres, statues, jewellery, paintings (mainly religious, but there are some on other topics) and other different types of art. It was a very good museum, well looked after and I liked a lot of the larger 'oil on canvas' paintings that they had upstairs. It is something to check out if you come to Verona.
The beautiful and well preserved castle (now mainly a museum: see the website below) was built stating in 1354 by la Scala family, the lords of the Verona in the period called "Comunale" The castle is in a very strategical position. At the southern entrance of the Town, along tha roman "via postumia" (the pavement of wich is still under Corso Castelvecchio and Corso Cavour), it is connected to a private and fortified bridge across the river Adige.
So, wichever the threat (foreign enemy, of popular riot) the Lords had a choice to remain inside a very fortified building, or runaway on the other side of the river, gaving acces to the road to north along the adige Valley
The bridge, built in 1355, was once part of the old defence system of Castelvecchio. It crosses the River Adige with three spans and an overall length of 120m from the castle to the opposite bank. The bridge was minded by the retreating Germans and blown up on the evening of 24th April 1945. However, it was reconstructed using the original materials and reopened in 1951.
The Castelvecchio houses one of the finest art galleries in the Veneto outside Venice.
The ground-floor rooms, displaying statues and carvings of the Middle Ages, lead to alleyways, vaulted halls, multileveled floors, and stairs, all as architecturally arresting as the Venetian masterworks from the 14th to 18th centuries - notably those by Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Veronese, Bellini, and the Verona-born Pisanello - found throughout. Don't miss the large courtyard with the equestrian statue of the warlord Cangrande I (a copy can be seen at the family cemetery at the Arche Scaligeri) with a peculiar dragon's head affixed to his back (actually his armor's helmet, removed from his head and resting behind him).
Leave your bag at the entrance and remember to keep your ticket as it needs to be checked in certain areas of the museum.
Open: Mon 1:45-7:30pm; Tues-Sun 8:30am-7:30pm. (Last admission 45 min. before close.). Admission: € 4,00.
This impressive castle, built by Cangrande II between 1355 and 1375, offers great views of the river Adige and the medieval Ponte Scaligero crossing over it. The castle on top of the surrounding city walls and was intended to be a palace, fortress and a guarantee of escape. As it happened, Cangrande only lived here for a short while as on the 14th December 1359, he was betrayed and killed by several assassins, paid by his brother Cansignorio, who then took over Verona. Since 1920, the castle has housed one of the finest art galleries in the Veneto outside of Venice.
The Scaligeri family was the wealthiest and easily the most abusive, dominating, and most influential family in Verona and the entire Veneto region from the mid 13 th century and throughout the 14 th century. They built the imposing and austere Castelvecchio starting in about 1340. The castle was built mainly to protect the family from legions of enemies not only from outside of Verona but within Verona. Numerous influential Veronese families formed an alliance against the Scalas. Heavy fortification was the primary architectural objective of the aesthetically challenged castle. Castelvecchio was a self contained unit complete with a private church and a private bridge.
The castle now houses an excellent museum.
One of the most important times in Verona was the period in the 13-14th century when the Scaligeri family ruled. Cangrande II of that family had this castle built. It was undergoing renovations when we were there but we could still see the famous art museum it houses today and have a look across the river from its battlements. The art museum is a real treasure trove if you are interested in religious art especially. For me, the main art attraction was the original top decoration on Cangrande's tomb, in the shape of him on his horse. It is a very famous Verona piece of art and a copy has been made for the tomb itself (see further tips).
A part of the Castelvecchio defense, the bridge is today a part of the city transport system and popular to walk or bike across. Here you have great views of the city and children love to walk on the little inside edges here and there. The bridge was built by Cangrande II in 1354-76 and the bridge is so popular that after the Germans bombed it in 1945, it was quickly decided to rebuild it. Luckily, there was enough of the old stones left in the river to recover quite a lot too.
The castle is an imposing building from the medieval Veronese period. It was built in the 14th century and was designed as a defence against both outside invasions and popular rebellion.
The surrounding area allowed for a fast and easy escape from the city: after crossing the fortified bridge, which was only accessible to the noble family, the road to the north along the Adige valley was a secure route....
Inside the Castelvecchio you can find a wonderful museum!
Castelvechio is part of the second wall that was built around Verona. Inside there is a museum with art from the Venician period of Verona.
This site is a little bit outside the centre and not as crowded with tourist as the 'Roman' center.
Verona was always of high strategic importance, controlling the southern end of the easiest access over the Alps into the the heart of Northern Italy where the Adige/Etsch river leaves its narrow valley coming down from the Reschen pass and via its contributary Eisack from the Brenner, the both lowest passes over the main ridge of the Alps. And a big city in such a position was always excellently fortified, the remains of these concentric fortifications from different historical periods are seen throughout all the centre of Verona. The nicest medieval part of it is Castelvecchio.