The original statue was taken from the tomb of the Scaligeri tombs here, leaving behind the replica of the statue of Cangrande II della Scala - the one before you.
The Scaligeri family was the noble family that ruled the city of Verona in the Middle Ages. The Cangrande, which was immortalized in the statue, was one of the most prominent members of the family and the ruler of the city from which it emerged.
Cangranda II della Scala was also the builder of the Scaligerie Bridge, in Italian Ponte Scaligero, which runs over the Adige River and connects the fortress to the opposite bank of the river. This was a way out of Castelvecchio, in the event of a siege or danger.