Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

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    Piazza delle Erbe Continued.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    Piazza delle Erbe was one of the most beautiful parts of Verona, but the rain was at its heaviest and iciest when we got here and we lost each other and had to wander round and round getting wetter and wetter till we found each other again. Despite the dreadful weather, I took lots of photos of it and so will post even more here. After all each photo taken involved taking my gloves back off and letting my hands get even colder and colder.

    On this square too we were approached by people asking us to sign a petition against drugs. Ignore these people. It is a con. If you agree to sign, they will ask you for a donation. They were quite annoying.

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    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    We walked from the arena along a busy shopping street with several department stores to Piazza delle Erbe. The department stores were great for us because we were able to pop into a couple briefly to warm up.

    Piazza delle Erbe is a beautiful square which acts as Verona's market place and has done since Ancient Roman times when it was the site of Verona's forum.

    There are many beautiful buildings around Piazza delle Erbe. These include the Maffei Palace, the Case dei Mazzanti, the Torre dei Lamberti, Palazzo del Commune and the Casa dei Mercanti. There is also a clock tower called the Torre del Gardello which dates from 1370 and a tall column with a winged lion on top. This dates from the days when Verona was under the control of Venice. Piazza delle Erbe also has a beautiful fountain called the Fontana dei Madonna Verona .

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    Piazza delle Erbe

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 16, 2014

    Piazza delle Erbe has nice restaurants and cafes. If you look on the houses called Casa Mazzanti facing the Piazza you can see a lot of beautiful murals. Unfortunately the state of the murals isn't always good. But just imagine what it looked like in better days.

    At the topend of the Piazza you find Palazzo Maffei which was originally built somewherein the 17th century.

    I think it is a pity to have all these kiosks with cheap souvenirs in the middle of the square, but nevertheless the square has it's charm.

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    Piazza delle Erbe

    by Twan Written Oct 17, 2013

    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.

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    4 saints watching over Piazza dell Erbe

    by globetrott Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    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.

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    The italian poet Berto Barbarani

    by globetrott Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    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 !!

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    by globetrott Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    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.

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    Torre dei Lamberti

    by globetrott Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    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 !

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    PIAZZA DELLE ERBE

    by draguza Written Jul 28, 2012

    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.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    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

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    Very atmospheric

    by leics Updated Apr 13, 2012

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    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.

    Spot the ex-'tower houses'! Domus Mercatorum Casa Mazzanti The Cappitello Madonna Verona
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    Lamberti Tower

    by catherineneill Updated May 6, 2011

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    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!

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    Piazza delle Erbe - more charming and quieter!

    by catherineneill Written May 6, 2011

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    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

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    The heart of Verona

    by Jefie Updated Jun 13, 2010

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    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".

    Piazza delle Erbe on a sunny afternoon Some of the buildings surrounding the piazza Palazzo Maffei and St. Mark's lion Some of the piazza's cafes with faded frescoes Madonna Verona fountain at Piazza delle Erbe
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    Piazza della Erbe

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 19, 2010

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    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.

    The Piazza della Erbe Vendors line the Piazza The Piazza and Tower Lamberti by night
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