But the ancient roots of this square reach to the Roman period, which was here as much as the heart of the Roman Forum.
The square of Piazza delle Erbe, in Egnlish "spice square," is really the heart of the city of Verona. It is in a meeting of its main trade streets, Via Mazzini, Verona's shopping street and via Capello, leading to Juliet's House.
The square is surrounded by a series of important buildings, with an impressive fountain in its center, all of which were built at the time and preserved to this day in their entirety.
In the center of the square you will see a small stage with a pillar next to it. The covered platform, which stands on four pillars, is called Capitolo. From which the representatives of the government in the 16th century came to announce the decrees and laws of the rulers of Verona to the public.
Have you noticed the Venetian marble pillar, topped by the winged lion statue? What is the symbol of the Venetian city of Venice in Verona, you ask? - This is a symbol of the rule of the Venetian Republic here, which lasted for many years.
The colorful square is surrounded by palaces, such as the Palazzo Maffei, the impressive Baroque palace. Nearby is the Palazzio Della Ragio, where you can glimpse the changing art exhibitions.
In the compound of this palace stands the famous Lamberti tower, or "Torre dei Lamberti". This tower, 83 meters high, is made of stone and was built in the Middle Ages. It has a great view of the entire city.
In the northeastern corner of the square you will see the Casa Mazanti, a house originally built by the Scaligerians, the city's medieval rulers. Notice the Renaissance frescoes, which, like many houses of the time, adorn this structure.
It is recommended to arrive at the market stalls on the square on Saturdays and Sundays, together with the locals who come to spend time and choose between the selections of vegetables and fruits, handicrafts and the like.