Piazza dei Signori - Piazza Dante, Verona
Palazzo dei Tribunali is another interesting building facing Piazza Dante. In the innercourt you may see 2 round areas, covered by glass, where you woll be able to look down to a lower level of the ground with foundations and a mosaique of the roman times.
The Palazzo dei Tribunali dates back to the year 1365, but the only remains of that time is the high tower you may see on my picture.
The Loggia del Consiglio is another one of the interesting sights on Piazza Dante / Piazza dei Signori. There are great frescos and sculptures on these arcades that date back to 1476.
The sculptures on to of the building show the poets Plinius the elder and Catull, Aemelius Macer, a famous lawer, the architect Vitruv and the historian Cornelius Nepos.
On the right of my picture you will see the winged lion of the entrance-gate of Palazzo del Governo.
This is the entrance of Palazzo del Governo at Piazza Dante and there you may also see the winged lion of Venezia on the top of the entrance-gate.
The arcades next to it are also worth to have a closer look, as you will see some great vaults and arcades there.
The Republic of Venezia was once a really powerful state and was not only the rather small town of Venezia that you may visit today and the lion was in the coat of arms of all these places.
Palazzo del Governo is one of the buildings on Piazza Dante / Piazza dei Signori and when you are standing at the Scalligeri tombs you will be able to look into the arcades of that Palazzo, that even looks great, when it is closed already. You may take a look through the iron-fence and these lovely arcades really may give you the feeling to be taken back in time hundreds of years, except of the cars beeing parked there of course
In 2005 there were some construction-works going on and part of the square did not look very good, but the Piazza dei Signori & the monument of Dante Alighieri are certainly another great place to see for every tourist.
The monument for Dante Alighieri was built there in 1865. Dante was given shelter in Verona, after he was expelled from Firenze / Florenz in 1303.
The tall crenellated watch tower, dating back to the second half of the 14th century, stands on Piazza dei Signori in between Palazzo del Comune and Palazzo del Capitano.
This picture was taken from the position which is under the arch next to Domus Nova.
The famous Porta Bombardiera, built in 1687, stands in the courtyard of Palazzo del Capitano (Piazza dei Signori). The courtyard is of particular interest, with its lovely Renaissance well, and with its Gothic open gallery, which used to be decorated with frescoes by Altichiero, painted in the 14th century.
There is a splendid entrance into the Palazzo del Capitano and its courtyard, designed by Sanmicheli in the 16th century.
Just a few steps away from Piazza delle Erbe, there is another piazza that is sometimes called "Piazza dei Signori", since it is surrounded by numerous palazzi that once belonged to the Scaligeri family, and sometimes "Piazza Dante", because a statue of the famous Italian poet sits at the centre of the piazza. The statue, which was installed in 1865, commemorates the fact that when Dante Alighieri was condemned to perpetual exile from his native Florence at the beginning of the 14th century, he was invited to live in Verona by Cangrande I.
The piazza itself does not offer the same kind of atmosphere as Piazza delle Erbe - there are a few restaurants, but they looked expensive, not exactly the kind of place where you casually sit down and order a couple drinks. The architecture of the different palazzi that surround the piazza, all linked with arches, is quite impressive. It's especially worth ducking into the inner courtyard of the Palazzo della Ragione. This palazzo, which has been used for different civic purposes thoughout the years, such as city hall, court of justice and prison, dates back to the 12th century. Its most striking feature, the grand staircase that leads to the upper level, was added in 1447.
Built atop an earlier Roman square, the Piazza dei Signori was the center of the Renaissance in Verona. It's also known as the Piazza Dante, for its statue of the great Italian poet. This statue was erected here because Dante stayed here for a period.
At the center of the plaza you see a statue of Dante Alighieri, who helped define "Italian", based on the regional dialect of Tuscany, with some elements of Latin and of the other regional dialects, and is known for his "Divine Comedy". After being exiled from Florence he was the guest of the Scala family in Verona.
In front of the statue is the Palazzo del Capitano, once home to Verona's military commanders. There is an interesting archway with columns made to look like cannons.
Behind Dante is the Renaissance facade of the Loggia del Consiglio.
Piazza Del Sigorni is a part of Piazza Erbe, or visa versa. They both are side by side, and the Palazzo Commune, or municipal hall is the focal point of the square. The building now has a 19th century facing even though it was from the 1100's. There were four towers on the edges, but only trow stand now; one Lamberti. Domus Mercatorum was built in 1301 by Alberto della Scala. The Scalgeri Palace with the crenelated top is from the 12th century, and the picture is of the tower with the family crest emblem. At the other end of the square is Palazzo Maffei, with the statues ringing the top, and adjacent Guardello tower form the 14th century. The Piazza Erbe means herbs and the market has been here for centuries. The market commune building is intended for the citizens for centuries.
CAlled tower of the city. Construction began in 1172. After lightning hitting the top in 1403, and damaging it to not be repaired, they rebuilt the tower, but higher. Restoration took 15 years, and done in 1464. The tower is 84 meters tall, and the clock is only from 1779. This tower was used for signaling to the city residents of fires, and called the meeting for City council. There is 238 steps to the top, and it is worth it. Or you can take an elevator. There are three different levels to reach the top for great pictures and the top is very windy. You can stand right next to the bells, and they do ring, so beware.
Tickets are 5 Euro each, or we used a Verona card for multiple access to sites, museums, and churches. The cost is 16 Euro.
Palazzo del Comune is on the right entering from Piazza delle Erbe. The Romanesque facade of this building received considerable additions during the Renaissance period. It has the distinctive alternating bands of brick and stonework which can be considered the leitmotiv of the city as a whole.
Next to it stands a tall crenellated tower dating back to the second half of the 14th century.
“Lords’ Square” shows no signs of Roman times, even though it is very near to the ancient court, which later became “Market Square”, Piazza delle Erbe.
For the history of this place, you have to start from the Scala family seigniory, bearing in mind, however, that in the square there were already the Municipal Palace and the Domus Nova. At the end of the XIII century, the square (which was then called Platea Domini vicarii), did not have today’s rectangular form; neither the palace that is now called the Palace of the Courts, nor the Palace of Government.
Piazza dei Signori is surrounded by buildings and monuments of great historical and architectural importance. For the most important monuments (the City Hall, the Loggia of the Council, the Palace of the government, please read the special cards on the following pages.
The most important monument in the Piazza dei Signori is probably the Loggia del Consiglio, built between 1476 and 1493.
It’s crowned by the statues of Catullus, Pliny, Marcus, Vitruvius and Cornelius Nepos by Alberto da Milano.