Chiesa della Disciplina is also called della Visitazione, it is 15th century construction with Baroque facade and was a private church of the Count Giorgio Maffei. The church was donated to the Confraternity of Disciplinati. This church houses so-called "Il Mortorio", a group of 9 wooden statues showing Jesus Christ, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimatea, Maria Maddalena, Maria da Betania, Maria da Cleofa and the ex-owner Giorgio Maffei.
The huge Castello Scaligero is the main attraction and the symbol of Villafranca di Verona. You can't miss it, it dominates whole the townlet.
In case you're traveling by car, there is a very spacious parking place inside the castle, free of charge.
Actually the castle is large military fortress built in 1199 by Scaligers and was part of Serraglio, 14th century defensive walls built to protect the south-eastern side of the territory. Serraglio was 13 kilometres long with defending towers and followed the course of river Tione.
This is the opposite view of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, from direction of Grande Castello.
Ocassionally, the main street is the scene for local events, such as open market or various celebrations. During my visit in May it was the scene of Scholldays festivity.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the main street of Villafranca, the heart of this townlet. All major sights of Villafranca are located along it, most of the shops, cafes and restaurants can be find here.
There are couple of fine palaces in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street of the place. Most of them have been built from 18th to 19th centuries. This one have interesting painted ornaments on its front facade.
Il Duomo (the Cathedral) dei SS. Pietro e Paolo is situated in the heart of the city, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The construction has began in 1786, on a site of an previous old church. Actually, the Cathedral is a copy of the church of Redentore in Venice, a masterpiece of Andrea Palladio, the greatest Venetian architect of all times. Finished only after almost hundred years an consacrated in 1882.
The church content valuable paintings by Felice Brusasorzi, famous Veronese painter.
Built as a fortress in the mid 14th cntury, Castelvecchio now houses many of Verona's treasures and serves as the town's museum. If you get the chance, climb up to the bridge--it is easily the most impressive pedestrian bridge that I have ever seen.
A feat of medieval engineering. Can you believe that this expanse was built in the mid 1300s. It was part of a intricate system of defense. The Ponte Scaligero is the bridge portion of the complex and the Castelvecchio is the castle.
This picture perfect cloister gives a hint of the nature that Zeno so loved. Many of the frescoes and scultpures in the church show Zeno with a fishing rod. A very cool unexpected surprise. It is neat to think of a patron saint heading to the hills and rivers in an effort to catch his supper with a simple fishing rod.
A grand romanesque style church built to honor the city's patron saint--Zeno. The current structure was built mainly in the 1100s which makes this place close to a 1000 years old. But holy structures have existed on this spot for many more centuries.
Go through the portal and find yourself on a pleasant pedestrian mall. Look for a cafe and try some of Verona's famous Amarone Vino. It will knock your socks off.
A leftover from the age of Roman Verona. The gateway dates to the first century. Such a small but spectacular remnant. It makes one wonder how glorious the city appeared in its full Roman splendor.
The side walls of the San Zeno Basilica are a riot. Brilliantly striped like a candy cane. The Basilica looks magnificent from a distance. Too bad I didn't get a good shot from far away.
This tower was built a hundred years or so after the basilica. For the life of me, I have no idea for what purpose it was built.
A ubiquitous style of window in northern Italy but nowhere more beautifully done than here at the San Zeno Basilica. The window is decorated with the symbols of fortune.