Mazzanti Houses Verona
One of the oldest in the charming city of Verona, in northern Italy, the Mazzanti Houses is a group of frescoed Renaissance houses. The building is breathtakingly beautiful, painted in both subtle and vibrant colours. They are located from via Mazzanti and all the way round to Corso Sant Anastasia, facing one of the most famous historical squares in Verona, Piazza delle Erbe.
This post lays out a little background to the Mazzanti Houses and what it is today in Piazza delle Erbe. Along with this brief overview, included are information on Albergo Mazzanti, a popular accommodation amongst visitors and tourists who want to experience the authentic Veronese style and culture.
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A little background to Mazzanti Houses Verona
The Mazzanti Houses date back to the middle ages, around 1300s to the Scagliari (Scala) family. The Scala family were not the lords of Verona yet at this time, but they were very influential in the economic and political life of Verona. The Scala family used the building to store wheat. The bottom of the building were used as shops. It was passed on to the Gonzaga family who then sold it to the Mazzanti family in 1527.
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Mazzanti Houses Today
Today, the Mazzanti Houses stand testament to what Verona was in the 1500s – urbs picta, a painted city. Almost all the dwellings in Verona during this period had their front walls brightly painted with frescoes so passers-by could stop to see and admire. This was common amongst the wealthy and the Veronese nobles.
A look at the Mazzanti houses and you will instantly be intrigued by the many frescoes of mythological and allegorical scenes painted by Alberto Cavalli. For some, these images may tell a story and find them interesting while for some, these could be an eye-sore, yet others may not even give it any attention! Nevertheless, it is a colourful collection from the middle ages that blends well with the historical and delightful Piazza delle Erbe.
The ground floor is still home to shops but shops of a different kind – restaurants serving delicious mouthwatering pastas and seafood linguine (there’s lots more on the menu of course 🙂 ) with additional seating on the first floor.
Restaurants line the perimetre of Piazza delle Erbe, Verona
Georgina: The first floor rooms are small (as to be expected of medieval homes) but the tables were arranged in a way that there was just enough room to go around. My visit was off-season, in November. The restaurants were not busy and we could easily get a table without having to wait.
Piazza delle Erbe is a vibrant square and if you want to experience an authentic Veronese culture, staying in the heart of the square even for one night will be an enriching experience. You may wish to consider Albergo Mazzanti.
Albergo Mazzanti, Verona
Albergo Mazzanti is a 3-star superior hotel located in the heart of enchanting Verona. It is popular among tourists because the best of the beaten path are all within a few minutes reach. The infamous balcony of Shakespeare’s star-struck lovers is located less than one kilometre (200 yards) away. The world famous open-air amphitheatre is also less than five-minutes walk. Being close to everything means that there will probably be no need for use of public transportation to get to the attractions.
The non-smoking hotel is inviting and decorated with warm and pleasing colours. It’s refined decor goes well with the history of the square. With a buffet breakfast, friendly staff and 10% discount at Caffè Dante Bistrot, you are sure to have one of the best memories of your vacation in Verona.
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Hi Yukti, thank you so much for your lovely words. Indeed the Mazzanti Houses are a beautiful piece of medieval architecture. Thank you also for saving this post for your future travels. I appreciated it.
I never knew about frescoed houses of Verona and they really look beautiful and colorful. I loved how they have painted front wall and all visitiors can admire this painted city. What a great way to showcase art on front walls of residential buildings instead of art in enclosed museums. I am adding Mazzanti houses in my Italy trip.
It’s amazing how the culture of murals have evolved and their colours, so vibrant and so full of life!! Thank you so much for appreciating this post on the Mazzanti Houses.
You are so very welcome. These are incredibly beautiful and I loved them as well.
That sounds awesome! I am yet to experience the summer’s opera and I so look forward to doing so at some point. Verona is indeed, beautiful.
Thank you so much. I missed the opera at the Arena as well which means I will be returning at some point. Glad Verona is on your list, It is a beautiful city.
We have modern day murals all over our cities and towns, and that type of street art is becoming more prevalent and accepted, and it’s so interesting to see the importance these frescos in Verona .. from centuries ago .. and realize that modern day murals must have just been an evolution of these.
These houses are incredible! The art history buffet me absolutely loves them. Thank you for sharing.
A beautiful reminder of my visit to Verona.The most amazing thing I did was on a summer’s night; going to the Opera in the outdoor ancient Arena…the stones on the arena will still so hot from the summer’s day sun…never forget – beautiful Verona.
Looks beautiful. Love Italian architecture, such a beautiful country. Not been to Verona yet but high on the list, would love to see the opera there.
Angela, you will love it. There are so many intriguing designs on the walls – old and beautiful.
It is easily missed because of the buzz in the square, Piazza delle Erbe but it is a beautiful part of the square to look out for. Hope you will be able to visit as planned.
Thank you so much. If you love frescoes, you will absolutely love Verona. Lovely city to be explored.
Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! How did I miss it?! We were only for one day in Verona, but still, I would have loved to see this house. Well, I might be going to Italy in September, so maybe I’ll have the chance.
Verona is a place I would like to visit and as a lover of street art this ancient form on the houses really entrigues me. If I ever get there I will definitly look out for them.
Oh my gosh the Mazzanti Houses look so stunning! I could stare at the frescoes all day.
I love a city that offers plenty of day-trips too, Verona sounds perfect 🙂
I know what you mean. Verona is a little slow paced and pretty in the evening. You will absolutely love it.
Oh Verona is absolutly a place I want to visit, it might be on my current bucketlist, but its a place I want to see and have on my -long-term list. Does that make sence? 😀