Market Square (or the square of herbs) occupies a good part of the area of Verona’s Roman Court, where the Maximum Decuman and Maximum Cardo intersected. Through the centuries, the square has been the centre of the city’s political and economic life.
I never saw such a lovely single column at any other place in Italy, BUT in Verona I saw the one in Via mazzini and this one at the south-east-end of the Piazza dell Erbe. And they are almost alike, at least by their structure and architecture.
In the back of my picture you will also see a good example of one of the high traditional buildings in the very centre of Verona, where the space was limited and so they had to enlarge the building towards to sky.
There is a monument for the italian poet Berto Barbarani (1872-1945) at the beginning of Via Capello / at the south-east-end of Piazza Erbe.
When you see his statue, you are sure to have found the right side-street leading you towards the famous balcony of Juliet / Giulietta. From the statue it is just about 200 meters - during the day follow the crowds of tourists !!
Piazza delle Erbe is the other big square in Verona, besides Piazza Bra. Piazza delle Erbe used to be the centre of the medieval town of Verona and today it is certainly one of the most beautiful squares in Italy.
On the right of my picture you may see the Palazzo del Comune, followed by Palazzo dei Giudici and Case dei Mazzanti.
Once that you are at Piazza delle Erbe already, just follow Via Capello in the south-east of the square in order to get to the balcony and statue of Juliet / Giulietta.
Torre dei Lamberti is the tower of Palazzo del Comune and dates back to the 12th century. In 1450 the very top of the tower was added and from up there you will have a perfect view over the city of Verona.
Take the elevator or climb the more than 350 steps
daily except mondays !!
Watch out for the many beautiful street-lamps just in front of the Torre dei Lamberti !
This bustling marketplace -- the palazzi-flanked Square of the Herbs -- sits on the site of the Roman Forum where chariot races once took place. The herbs, spices, coffee beans, and bolts of silks and damasks that came through Verona after landing in Venice from faraway Cathay have given way to the fresh and aromatic produce of one of Italy's wealthiest agricultural regions -- offset by the presence of T-shirt and french-fry vendors, as the piazza has become something of a tourist trap. But the perfume of fennel and vegetables fresh from the earth still assaults your senses in the early morning, mixing with the cacophony of vendors touting plump tomatoes, dozens of different variations of salad greens, and fruits that can't possibly taste as good as they look, but do. Add to this the canary lady, the farmer's son who has brought in a half a dozen puppies to unload, and the furtive pickpocket who can spot a tourist at 50 paces -- and you have one of Italy's loveliest little outdoor markets. Take a rest on one of the steps leading up to the small, 14th-century fountain in the piazza's center and a Roman statue dubbed The Virgin of Verona.
Piazza delle Erbe was the town's forum during the time of the Roman Empire.
The northern side of the square is occupied by the ancient town hall, the Torre dei Lamberti, the Casa dei Giudici ("Judges Hall") and the Mazzanti Houses. The western side, the shortest one, features the Baroque Palazzo Maffei, decorated by statues of Greek gods. It is faced by a white marble column, on which is St. Mark's Lion, symbol of the Republic of Venice.
The north-western side occupies the site of the ancient Roman Capitol Hill, which looked towards the Forum. Numerous of its buildings facing the square have maintained façade frescoes. On the southern side is the Casa dei Mercanti ("House of the Merchants", also known as Domus Mercatorum), now the seat of the Banca Popolare di Verona.
Other buildings are reminiscent of medieval tower-houses.
The square's most ancient monument is the fountain, surmounted by a statue called Madonna Verona.
Also historical is the capitello, dating to the 13th century, during which it was used for several ceremonies, including the oath of the city's medieval podestà and pretors. Towards Via Cappello
I did like Piazza dell'Erbe. I felt that I had finally found the Medieval heart of the city..despite the tourist-tat market taking up much of the square.
The piazza is really quite large, originally the Roman forum and now surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance palazzi in varying states of decrepitude. It was the 14th-century Domus Mercatorum which first caught my eye. Dating from 1301, it was originally a merchants' warehouse and is now a bank...a nice synchronicity there.
Along the middle of the square, largely hidden by the stalls, are four interesting 'bits'...the Colonna Antica, a 15th-century lantern on a marble pillar), the Capitello (a 14th century pavilion where once public servants were honoured), the fountain of Madonna Verona dating from 1368 and a column with the lion of St Mark, symbol of Verona's past links with Venice. If you're lucky you may be able to photograph these without too many stalls, sitting visitors, rampant children etc. If not, you'll just have to enjoy looking at them!
Make sure, too, that you have a look at the Casa Mazzanti, on the right as you look towards the 12th-century Torre dei Lamberti...the 16th-century murals on the upper levels of Casa Mazzanti are really rather lovely.
You shouldn't miss Piazza dell'Erbe and perhaps you will be lucky enough to explore it when there are no stalls and fewer visitors. There's a lot to see.
In the Piazza della Erbe you will find the Lamberti tower standing at almost 85 metres high. You can climb it if you're game or spend about a euro and take the lift. Either way its most definately worth it for a shot of the panoroma of medieval verona and beyond. Definately recommended. Unfortunately I didn't take pics but you should!
If there are too many tourists in the Piazza Bra (and I can imagine in the summer this will be the case) you should go to the more relaxed Piazza delle Erbe.
Some of the buildings in this square boast some lovely frescoes on their walls, and there are medieval and baroque buildings to look at too.
But you might not even look up to the buildings above as there's sure to be a nice atmosphere on the ground in one of the bars evening or morning - grab an espresso or an evening drink and listen to the fountain
In the days of the Roman empire, the area where Piazza delle Erbe now stands was known as Verona's "forum": it was a popular marketplace and was of great social importance. One could say that things haven't changed all that much over the years - between the souvenir stalls that stand in the center of the piazza, it's still possible to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Both locals and visitors enjoy stopping by one of the piazza's terraces to share news and stories over drinks and food, while social and political ideas are still being debated (there was a small protest about the price of water one evening).
The architecture of the buildings surrounding the piazza is very interesting - the Palazzo Maffei is especially nice, as are some of the buildings decorated by fading frescoes. There are also some statues of historical importance, including that of St. Mark's lion, a symbol of Verona's part in the Venitian empire, and the fountain that features a 2000-year-old Roman statue that has become known as "Madonna Veronna".
Like Mantua, Verona has a central square, or piazza, named for the herbs that grow in the region. The Piazza della Erbe was originally the Roman forum, now the central marketplace. Surrounded by shops, cafes, and bars, this is Verona's main gathering place. The Tower Lamberti stands over the square.
With its 274ft, this is the tallest building in Verona.
It was begun in 1172 and completed in 1464 with the construction of the octagonal belfry.
Inside, there are two ancient bells called the Rengo and the Marangona.
This square has hosted a marketplace for more than 2,000 years! It is named after the city's old herb market. Even now you can buy many kinds of produce as well as the regions breads, wines, etc. It is also a good place to browse for souvenirs, some of which are handmade locally.
This was the home of the Forum for Roman times, and still center of city activity toady for politics and economy. The fountain is called Madonna Verona constructed in 1368, and the Gardello tower is from the 14th century. The main square is now a mix of cheap items and food stuff to sell tourists, and it is tacky to say the least. They need to take it back to the heritage it deserves. There are many renowned palaces called Mazzanti (14th Cen), Maffiei (17th Cent), Mercanti (1301)and Comune that leads into Torre Lamberti.