» «
Piazza Bra
Piazza Bra
#About the Main Square of Verona

Close to many attractions in Verona, Piazza Bra is one of the city's largest and most impressive squares. This square is a major starting point for exploring the city. Around it are some of Verona's famous tourist destinations, such as the city's Arena and more.

In the Piazza there are many cafes where you can have a good breakfast or a coffee break among the various sites.

A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/I9_beLnLyiY
Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori
#About Dante's Magnificent Square

The Place de la Republique is Piazza dei Signori, a magnificent and important square in the city of Verona. The square was once the administrative center of Verona.

Beneath the big gate in the square you'll see the bone of a whale suspended from above. According to legend, this object will fall on the head of the first righteous man to pass through the gate. What is interesting is that for over 250 years the bone is still hanging there. Are there no righteous people in the world?

In the center of Piazza dei Signori stands the statue of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. This is one of the greatest people from the city, and he wrote the famous poem "La Divina Commedia" at the beginning of the 14th century. This poetic poem is considered the greatest in Italian literature and a leading cultural asset in world literature.

There are various architectural styles, along with a number of ancient gates, such as the Arco della Costa.


#Buildings of the Square

In Piazza dei Signori you can see several public buildings built over the years. Among them you should pay attention to:

Palazzo del Comune - See the building decorated with pink and white marble stripes. This beautiful and unique building is in a Renaissance style and was built in the 12th century.

Palazzo del Tribunale - This is the building that is connected to the city palace and next to it is a large brick tower. The building, built in the 14th century, is located in the Scavi Scaligeri archaeological complex, which contains remains from the Roman and Middle Ages periods. Today there is a gallery with high-level temporary photography exhibitions.

Palazzo del Podesta - This white marble building was built in the 13th century by the Scaligeri family, the medieval rulers of Verona. Its facade has a classic entrance gate and decorative teeth. Above the gate notice the board with the winged lion, a symbol of Venetian rule.

Loggia del Consiglio - Here you are asked to make a small investigation among the locals and discover it ... Take time for this detective exercise. It's fun... did you find it? - Excellent! This terrace is the reason why the square is called in Italian "Square of Representatives." It is a building built in 1485, as a place where members of the city council stood, during ceremonies and large public events.


#Tips
In recent years, excavations were conducted beneath the square that exposed a Roman street, with mosaics and various interesting remains. You can see them if you enter the large courtyard next door.



A Tour:

https://youtu.be/mRHg30gD84o
Porta dei Borsari
Porta dei Borsari
#About the Roman Entrance Gate

Take note of the Porta dei Borsari, which means "tax collection gate", because of the taxes (dazio) collected here, from those who transported goods into the city.

Originally the Roman city gate, built in the first century AD on foundations from the 1st century BC, was reconstructed in the year 265. The original gate included a fortified and rectangular structure that included an inner courtyard, watchtowers and paths for the sentries that guarded it.

Above the gate that remains today, you will see a two-story wall with 12 arched windows, some inside small niches. On the side, note the columns of the Corinthian columns that support Architrave, the first occurrence above the column capitals and the Pediment, the triangular element at the front.

In the days of the Roman Empire, Porta dei Borsari was one of the most important gates of the city and served as an example of many defensive gates built over the years throughout the empire. The Roman name of the gate was Porta Iovia, because of the temple of Jupiter, Iovianus, which was nearby.

In the Middle Ages it was called the gate of San Zeno. The gate has inspired many important architects over the years.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Fw9jbuEavtU


Street Performance Nearby:

https://youtu.be/qPfs7bMG9Po


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/jz-Cq0h1LAU?end=1m24s
Ponte Pietra
Ponte Pietra Bridge
#About the Roman Bridge That Was Rebuilt After Being Blown in the War

The Ponte Pietra Bridge, or Ponte Pietra, on the Adige River, is an ancient Roman bridge that continues to function as a useful bridge in Verona. In fact, it is the only Roman bridge left in the city and is very impressive.

Not all the bridge is authentic. The Roman part was destroyed and completed with parts from the Middle Ages. In World War II, all the bridges of Verona, the Pietra Bridge was also blown up and destroyed. It was the German army that destroyed it, while fleeing from Allied armies.

Only after the war did the bridge get restored. This happened after they collected all the stones from the river, one at a time. The collected stones were then meticulously arranged and reconstructed from the bridge as a whole, with the necessary completion of course. Notice the different colors of the bridge stones. Each color of the stones represents another period in the history of the bridge.

From the bridge you can enjoy a great view of the city of Verona and its harbor. Take note of the opposite bank and the tower that protects the bridge. Behind it, by the way, you can see the back side and the bell towers of the beautiful churches in the Old City.


#Task for Children

Look for as many ancient Roman inscriptions as the ancient ones on the bridge in ancient times. Those who find the most get ice cream...


#Tips
In the Ponte Pietra area there are a number of nice restaurants and bars. In these restaurants you can enjoy a romantic meal in the city of Romeo and Juliet.


View from the Bridge:

https://youtu.be/-hugZ7UPV8o


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/WJCTP1JMdJo


In Winter:

https://youtu.be/ClRb0pyd3oU

Must See in Verona

Torre dei Lamberti
Torre dei Lamberti
#About the Medieval Fortress

The Torre dei Lamberti, located near the city's main square, Piazza delle Erbe, offers a great view of Verona and the entire area. To the tower, which rises to a height of 83 meters, many come to watch this view.

The tower was built in the Middle Ages. It rises to a high height, allowing for a wonderful panoramic view around the city of Verona.

This tower, Torre dei Lamberti, is a nice romantic place, especially near sunset. The magnificent view of the city and its surroundings, seen from the top of the tower, is simply wonderful.


#Tips
If you are fit you will have no problem climbing stairs. Those who are not fit will be able to board the elevator.

The Piazza delle Erbe next to the tower is a bustling square filled with various stalls, including local food and a host of nice things.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/tAuBVk7MHK4


The Landscape Around:

https://youtu.be/SFzDOAmlos4
Verona
Giardino Giusti
#About the Renaissance Garden of Verona

Giardino Giusti, established at the end of the 15th century, is a charming garden considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. It is located in the ancient Veronetta district of the city, a quarter that had been inhabited since the Middle Ages.

With gardens, squares, pools, fountains, sculptures, staircases and a landscaped natural area, Giardino Giusti is a wonderful example of what is called the Renaissance Garden. In fact, it is considered one of the best Renaissance gardens in all of Italy.

Interesting and unique here are the Grotto, which are pleasant acoustic caves, as well as the Labyrinth, one of the oldest mazes in Europe. Alongside all these there are walking and rest paths and decorative corners and a view of Verona.

Over the years, the Giusti Garden, originally designed as a backdrop for the nearby Palazzo Giusti, has won a host of famous critics who visited Italy. Over the years it was visited, among others, by the poet Goethe and the composer Mozart.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/SQnzUZNNHow


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/4IjwH6mLkCk
Castelvecchio
Castelvecchio Museum
#About the Medieval Fortress of Verona

Castelvecchio Castle in the city of Verona is an ancient castle from the 14th century, considered one of the oldest and most recognizable buildings with the city. The fortress was built near the river as part of the defenses of the ancient city. It served as a military fortress in the 18th century, becoming an Austrian military base, and later a base for the Italians.

The fort, called Castelvecchio Museum, is wonderfully beautiful. It is located on the banks of the Adige River and is built of red bricks, which have given it its red color and became its hallmark.

The fortress was founded in 1353 by Cangrande II della Scala, the city's ruler at the time. During World War II it was severely damaged in the bombing. After the war, between 1958 and 1967, it was completely renovated by architect Carlo Scarpa. Today it is a significant part of the city's landscape.

There are 7 magnificent towers in the impressive Castelvecchio Museum, which is surrounded by a wall and contains 4 main buildings. The two main parts of the fortress are connected via a crossing. Above it is a high watchtower, a tower from which the magnificent Ponte Scaligero Bridge crosses the Adige River, on the other side.


#The Museum in the Fortress

The Mastio Tower in the center of the fortress now hosts the museum with works from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern art.

In 1925 the fortress was converted into a museum, and just as can be expected of Italy, you can also see an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, miniatures and ceramic works from the 12th to the 18th century.

Already in the courtyard of the museum, right at the entrance, you will see the statue of the first Cangrande, one of the Scaligerian princes. The man died in 1329 and his statue standing here presents him, as is customary, as a hero with a raised sword in his hand.

Also prominent is the famous statue of Cangrande II della Scala riding on his horse. The statue was brought to the museum from the Scaligerian cemetery complex.

Inside you will find fascinating and interesting works of art by the best artists of Italy in different periods, from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

It is worth finding the following works:

Holy Family by Andrea Mantegna.

Portrait of a Young Boy Holding a Child's Drawing by Caroto

Crucifixion and Madonna dell'Umiltà by Bellini

Madonna of the Quail by Pisanello

Portrait of a Young Woman by Rubens.

The museum also has beautiful jewelry and a collection of weapons from the Middle Ages.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/hMKOubIBoos


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/jz-Cq0h1LAU?t=1m25s
Castelo San Pietro
Castelo San Pietro
#About the Fortress Above the City of Verona

From its superb vantage point, on a hill overlooking the city and the surrounding area, the San Pietro Fortress or the Castelo San Pietro in Verona is a high fortress above the city.

This fortress was built during the Venetian rule in the city. Even if the climb to it is not easy, it is nice to climb to the Venetian fortress on foot, through the stairs leading to the summit. The bonus for the effort is a pass through the ancient Teatro Romano, a Roman theater that is still used for performances and concerts.

You can also reach the Castelo San Pietro with the funicular, which gives a nice experience, especially for children.

You can enjoy the magnificent view from the fortress, and you can also enjoy the coffee shop and the restaurant next to it. In any case, Castel San Pietro will probably give you the most spectacular pictures of Verona and they will be right above, like a bird.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/wSItGUbEIsM


The Funicular to the Fortress:

https://youtu.be/lnizViiTFiQ


Verona from the Castle:

https://youtu.be/jqbwsYwNgrM


Arena di Verona
Verona Arena
#About the Huge Amphitheater of the City

The Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheater, which, like the Colosseum in Rome, was used in ancient times for gladiatorial battles, games, circuses and tournaments. The huge building was built in the year 30 AD and has been well preserved to this day. With 22,000 seats, it is no wonder that during the Roman period it was considered one of the largest stadiums in the world.

This is not just another ancient site from the Roman period, or even an ordinary Roman arena. Verona's Arena is considered the well-preserved Roman amphitheater - the third largest in the world. Even if there is no performance, it is recommended to enter and be impressed by it from the inside as well.

As one of the most preserved Roman amphitheaters there, and thanks to its excellent acoustics, the Arena is still used for concerts, operas and classical concerts known all over the world. In July and August, each year there is the Verona Opera Festival, one of the largest summer events in Europe.


#What Will You See Inside?
With 72 impressive stone arches, 44 rows and 22,000 seats, Verona's amphitheater is the third largest in the world

The entrance is a double archway called the Portoni di Bra. This arch remains as a remnant of the 14th century city walls. Here you will reach a large triangular piazza surrounded by large buildings from a variety of historical periods. At the entrance you will see the Lystone, a wide 18th-century sidewalk made of fine red marble, brought here from the quarries in the mountains near Verona.

The dimensions of the elliptical structure are 110 by 140 meters. In the past it was even larger, but during an earthquake in 1183, parts of it were muted and it is the size that remains. Many other stones were taken from here to build churches in the Middle Ages and other periods.

The orchestra area was restored in 1913 and has since been used for concerts during the summer season. Every year, Verdi's opera "Aida," whose plot takes place in ancient Egypt, is performed here.


#History of the Arena

Verona's amphitheater is the third largest in the world, indicating the importance and strength of Verona in the Roman era.

The Arena, which was then built outside the walls of the city, is built of red bricks or a type of pink-white marble.

An earthquake that occurred in 1117 destroyed the outer arches of the Arena, leaving only a meager remnant that can be seen on the northwestern edge of the amphitheater. The ruins that surrounded it were used in the Middle Ages as a huge source for stone construction. From here stones were taken to new buildings and misery dominated the glorious amphitheater of yesteryear. It was only during the Renaissance that the central part of the Arena was restored.

In the 18th century, the Arena was again used for theater and entertainment. In 1913 the opera Aida by Verdi was performed for the first time. Since this premiere, the performance of this opera here has become a tradition of many years.

And in general - every summer there are spectacular opera performances to which viewers from all over the world flock to watch and listen to the Italian operas in an authentic, powerful, great place with excellent acoustics.


#Tips

The Verona Opera Festival takes place here during July and August. It is considered one of the most prominent music events in the summer of Europe. Book ahead of time!

Tickets at the last minute can be bought, if left, on the morning of the show at the Arena ticket office. They occupy the back of the Arena and without a reserved place. The price is only 12 euros.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/78INR6VD2WY?t=1m39s&end=2m33s


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/hVZbPsYJ05I


Opera in the Arena:

https://youtu.be/cUN5qAnW0Ho


Adele Performning in the Arena:

https://youtu.be/O0IBihG-xY0
Casa di Giulietta
#About the Most Famous Terrace in the Literary World

Near Piazza delle Erbe, Via Cappelo is Casa di Giulietta, undoubtedly the most famous house in the city and the romantic attraction of Verona.

According to tradition, this is the home of Miss Juliet from the famous Romeo and Juliet Shakespearian play. Juliet, a medieval beauty, loved Romeo, the son of a rival family. The end, caution, spoiler, is not good!

Inside the courtyard of the house you can see the stone terrace where Juliet stood, according to the stories, while Romeo sang serenades of love. Today there are countless tourists coming to the city for this famous terrace, but then this lyrical encounter was a secret affair, since the two families had a fierce rivalry. When the story is revealed and they are required to separate from each other, the two decide to take their lives and die together, loving eachother forever.

Thanks to the Shakespearian play, written by the greatest playwright in the history of the theater, the two lovers Romeo and Juliet are known all over the world. Many tourists come here to be close to where one of the greatest and tragic love stories in history took place.

In fact, the Gothic palace before you is the home of the Capello family, which has remained standing since it was built in the 13th century.

Do not let the fact that this balcony and the window next to it were created in the 1930's spoil you the wonderful story. These were created here, as part of a renovation of the building, in which antique furniture and paintings that perpetuated the story of Romeo and Juliet were also brought here.


#Hands On the Statue of Juliet

One of the attractions here is the statue of Juliet that everyone caresses. This bronze statue was created by the Italian sculptor Costantini. Do not be embarrassed to discover that the most glowing part of the statue, that is, the most touched part, is the breast of the fair lady ...

The reason? - The Italians believe that if they put their hand on Juliet's breast, they will have health, good luck and eternal love. It is not certain that this will indeed happen, but there is no doubt that if you wait for your turn to do so, you will get a unique photograph, with no hint of rudeness, because everyone is doing it here.


#About the Story of Romeo and Juliet
Mixing between art and life, fiction that has come out of control, boundless love or a life that does not live without a soul mate - no matter how we look at it, it is the greatest love story of all time.

The story of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet has for centuries occupied the greatest artists, writers and composers. The audience flock to productions, following the books, the songs, the operas and the paintings, and never cease to be interested in all that concerns the greatest love of all, with the lesson on the side.

In house number 21 on Via Cappelo in the city of Verona, somewhere in northern Italy, lived according to the belief Juliet Capulet, a member of the Capulet family. Italian writer Luigi Deporto is the one who wrote about her and her lover Romeo in 1524. No one knows if the story actually took place, but it became so well known that everyone believed it, without a doubt.

About 70 years later, William Shakespeare of England will also write his most famous version of the story, about the lovers of the rival families, the Capulets and Montagues, whose families forbade them to meet, fall in love or marry, and therefore gave up on their lives.

Tourists in Verona continue to visit the house in Verona. It also serves as a museum that explains and gives a glimpse into the life of almost 500 years ago, in Italy of those times.


#About the Historical Context of the House
You are in the house of the Capulet family which is a kind of Gothic palace built in the 12th century. On one of the arches of the house with the famous terrace appears the symbol of the nobility of the Capello family, to which the house belonged. The street is also called Via Cappelo today.

The connectionof that Capello family with the Capulet family from the Romeo and Juliet came much later. This connection occurred when the drama turned the two into a world story. Either way, in the 19th century it was widely believed that this was the home of Juliet, the heroine of the tragedy.

The Shakespearean tragedy takes place in the city of Verona around the 14th century. Verona of those days was immersed in a fierce struggle between the German Kaiser, who heads the Second Reich and controls the Holy Roman Empire, and the Christian Pope, the leader of all Catholics. Romeo's family, the Montague family, belonged to the Pope's supporters, the so-called "Gualfim." Juliet is a member of the Capulet family. It was a family that supported the German emperor and was on the opposite side - the Ghiblins.

From this argument and historical context, between the emperor's supporters and the papal supporters, the controversy, the rivalry and the hatred between the families, led to the death of the lovers.


#Tips
Come in the middle of the week, because on weekends and holidays is very crowded place.

Inside the house is a small and insignificant museum, the entrance to which allows you to be photographed on the balcony.

After the house you can stroll along the river and do shopping in the nearby Via Mazzini pedestrian street.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/3ydmNCgqMWs


אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

העולם הוא צבעוני ומופלא, אאוריקה כאן בשביל שתגלו אותו...

אלפי נושאים, תמונות וסרטונים, מפתיעים, מסקרנים וממוקדים.

ניתן לנווט בין הפריטים במגע, בעכבר, בגלגלת, או במקשי המקלדת

בואו לגלות, לחקור, ולקבל השראה!

אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

שלום,
נראה שכבר הכרתם את אאוריקה. בטח כבר גיליתם כאן דברים מדהימים, אולי כבר שאלתם שאלות וקיבלתם תשובות טובות.
נשמח לראות משהו מכם בספר האורחים שלנו: איזו מילה טובה, חוות דעת, עצה חכמה לשיפור או כל מה שיש לכם לספר לנו על אאוריקה, כפי שאתם חווים אותה.