sabato 12 dicembre 2015

A WONDERFUL JOURNEY IN VERONA: THE CITY OF LOVE.

« Non esiste mondo fuor dalle mura di Verona: ma solo purgatorio, tortura, inferno. Chi è bandito da qui è bandito dal mondo e l’esilio dal mondo è morte »
(William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)
Well, good morning people!
Today I want to talk about a city I love: Verona.
It is one of most beautiful cities in Italy and, I think, in the world.
I've been there last year for a school trip (just for one day, uff...) and I immediately felt in love with its charming beauty. For no other reason than it's known as the "Città dell'amore", because there Shakespeare set his "Romeo and Juliet".
Verona is a World Heritage Site by Unesco...

In the first photo we can see the most famous square in Verona: Piazza Brà, which houses the Arena.
Who doesn't know about the Arena?
Then, the second picture shows the double Romans arches (from the opposite tiny park), that still rock after two millenium.
 














The interior has a lot of seats, divided into the old staircases and the new, red chairs.
There, every years, a lot of bands and sigers set their gigs, and the "Festival lirico" takes place.
In my opinion, the two types of seats match very well, and this photo shows my thought...












Piazza Brà houses also the Verona city hall, that fit with Palazzo Barbieri. This palace goes back up the Romanticism and was built by Giuseppe Barbieri.
It was very damaged during the WWII, but was quickly rebuilt atfer that carnage.












From here, we can go to Piazza delle Erbe passing across Via Mazzini. When we get to the crossroad, turning right we can find the House of Juliet.
Exactly, the House of Juliet, the same Juliet who is the character of "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare.
Here, we can find the statue of Juliet too. People says that, by touching its breast, we will be very lucky.














Coming back on our steps, we reach Piazza delle Erbe.
This is the most ancient square in Verona and in the Roman period it was the center of political and economic life; by the time the Roman buildings have been replaced by those medieval. In 2012 it was considered the world's most popular Italian square.

The palace on the background is Palazzo Maffei.
It is a Baroque palace where, on the top, there are the statues of six gods: Ercole, Giove, Venere, Mercurio, Apollo and Minerva, and in front of it there is a superb white marble column, on top of which we can see is the lion of San Marco, the symbol of the Venetian Republic.




This is the Torre dei Lamberti, in Piazza delle Erbe, the highest building in Verona.
The tower was commissioned by the powerful family Lamberti (subsequently banished from Verona and extincted), which began to build it in the eleventh century. In 1140 it was elected to town tower and the first bell was installed, about that we know nothing. In 1272 the statutes established that in addition to the bell of Arengo (then called Rengo, by the Assembly that it used to meet up), there was also another, the Marangona (derived from "marangon", that in Verona dialect means carpenter ), to signal the beginning and the end of the working activities








Another important landmark is the Palazzo della Ragione, between Piazza delle Erbe e Piazza dei Signori. In the past, this palace was a private house that brought on the old foro romano (that now is the piazza delle Erbe).
Today the main floor of the Palace houses the main city institution about to the visual arts, the Gallery of Modern Art "Achille Forti".



Built in red marble from Verona, the Scala della Ragione connects the courtyard of the Old Market, which opens at the center of the Palace, with the great portal of the main floor.
In Piazza dei Signori, we can find the Arche scaligere. They are a monumental funerary complex in Gothic style of the Scala family, intended to contain the tombs (Arche means this) of some distinguished representatives of the family, including that of the greatest Lord of Verona, Cangrande, to whom Dante devotes "Il Paradiso": they are located next to the church of Santa Maria Antica.




















The Duomo di Verona, is in the place where it was built, in the fourth century probably by Bishop Zeno, the first Christian church in the city. This church had three naves with a raised presbytery and also had a baptistry.
(I had to take this photo from wikipedia, because I lost mine)
This is the most important Christian place in Verona, and also (in my very personal opinion) the most beautiful with the church of San Fermo Maggiore.










One of the last two landmarks I want to talk about is Porta Borsari.
It is a gate of the Roman walls. Romans called it "Porta Iovia" for the presence of the nearby temple dedicated to Jupiter Lustral. In the Middle Ages was called Porta San Zeno, while the current name refers to Borsari, who are the guards who collected duty.




















The last one, but not the less important, is the Castelvecchio.
Originally named "Castle of San Martino in Aquaro", it is a castle in Verona, currently used to host the museum.
It is set on the Adige, that is crossed by the ponte Scaligero, that has been blown up April 24, 1945 by the retreating Germans, at the same time of all the other bridges in Verona, including the Roman stone bridge.

A view from the ponte Scaligero
Taken here:
http://www.verona.com/it/guide/verona/ponte-scaligero-o-di-castelvecchio/

Well, this article reaches its end.
I loved (and I still love) this very beautiful city and I hope I hope that I've made you love it.
See you next time with a new article!

Matteo.




(all the photos are mine, but where specified)

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