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.
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.