Mazzanti Houses, Verona | Things to do in Verona

Mazzanti Houses, Verona | Things to do in 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, Verona

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.

Mazzanti House frescoed wall
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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 on the ground floor of Mezzanti House \ Verona
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Restaurants line the perimetre of Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

Note: 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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Albergo Mazzanti, Verona

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Very best places to stay at Verona

If you would like to peruse a greater selection of accommodations in Verona, there are seven accommodations which have been carefully selected for you. Each has a unique feature. Some includes rooftop access for a beautiful sunset view over the Verona Arena. Or if you are a Romeo and Juliet fan, you may want to stay at Il Sogno di Giulietta which overlooks the most popular balcony in the world!

Three of the seven hotels are appended below.


Unique experiences and things to do in Verona

While staying in Verona, you may want to experience the best of the city. There are so many ways how you could do that. I have selected some unique experiences which are popular with our clients. You may like to experience some of them as well. Peruse the choices below:

Verona City Walking Tour
Classic bike tour of Verona City
Cooking class in Verona

When visiting Verona, plan ahead and include a day trip in your itinerary. Many tourists to the city just don’t go beyond and miss out on the beautiful landscape and culture of the Veneto region. Do a day trip! Here is a selection to get you started.

Dolomites day trip from Verona
sirmione and lake garda day trip from verona
From Verona Amarone wine tour and lunch

Plan ahead:

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Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays.

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals.

Travel insurance

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Have a splendid time exploring Verona 🙂

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Palazzo Maffei Verona | What to do at this Baroque masterpiece

Palazzo Maffei Verona | What to do at this Baroque masterpiece

Once a palace and a private residence, the Palazzo Maffei has undergone a complete restoration. The Maffei is one of the most spectacular buildings of its time and stands gallantly overlooking the ancient Piazza delle Erbe. Beyond its doors, a story unfolds, an adventure of art begins, a passion is told offering art lovers a journey from ancient to modern.

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About Palazzo Maffei Verona in a nutshell

Palazzo Maffei is a historical palace that has existed in the current location in Piazza delle Erbe since the 15th century. Among the best known of the ancient Veronese aristocracy, the palace stands elegantly on what was the capitolium of Verona, the main temple of the Roman city founded here in the first century. The building was expanded and built upon with all works completed in the 17th century, more precisely in 1668. The Maffei building has three floors and a rich baroque exterior. Adorned with statues of Greek gods, from the left: Herculese, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Apollo and Minerva. The richness of the exterior makes it one of the prettiest buildings in the bustling market square.

Once a palace and a private residence, the Palazzo Maffei these days is home to a museum showcasing art collections over five centuries. The building has undergone a complete restoration of one of the most spectacular buildings of its time. Beyond its doors, a story unfolds, an adventure of art begins, a passion is told offering art lovers a journey from ancient to modern.

What to expect when you visit the Palazzo Maffei today

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Palazzo Maffei Exhibition, credit to official website of Palazzo Maffei

There are more than three hundred fifty works of art, including two hundred paintings. The museum is also home to sculptures, drawings and important period furniture, antique glass and Renaissance ceramics. Rare pieces of oriental art found here also.

Palazzo Maffei, Verona
Palazzo Maffei, Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

To view this magnificent collection and to include a visit to Palazzo Maffei in your Verona itinerary, below are some useful information to support your planning:

Location & Contact

Piazza Erbe 38-38A,
Verona, Italy
Tel. +39 045 2456959

Opening times

Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 19:00
Tuesday: closed

Besides the museum at Palazzo Maffei, visitors could treat themselves to an elegant dinner and wine tasting occasion in the cellars of the Roman ruins at the Maffei Restaurant.

Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei

Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei
The arch that leads to Maffei Restaurant

Tucked away from the main square, almost hidden if you are not aware of it is the Maffei Restaurant. One way to find it is to lookout for the arch that leads to the restaurant near to St Mark’s column on the square (pictured above).

The menu served at the Maffei Restaurant is an exquisite selection of mouthwatering dishes and desserts. The seafood, fish, pappardelle, lamb chops and the Veneto region’s speciality, risotto Amarone are usually the favourites of them all. The truffle risotto is amazing as well.

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Lamb chops – one of their popular dishes
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Risotto with Castelmagno, Campari and bacon

The Maffei Restaurant caters for special diets also and offers Vegetarian, Vegan along with Gluten free options.

The Maffei is on the  Michelin Guide and has been since 1990. Together with its historic roots, the Maffei Restaurant is a popular destination. It is available for special occasions such as weddings, engagements, and birthday parties. For Romeo and Juliet fans, the Restaurant offers specially curated dinner settings as well.

If you are planning on a dinner at Ristorante Maffei, it is highly recommend that you prebook your day and time to avoid disappointment.

Recommended read: Complete Guide to the City of Verona Italy

The wine cellar at Maffei Restaurant Verona

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The cellar at the Maffei Restaurant, Verona

For wine connoisseurs, you wouldn’t want to miss the cellar at the Maffei Restaurant! A cellar immersed in the ancient ruins of the Roman capitolium of Verona is available for wine tasting experience. The cellar at the Maffei Restaurant is said to be the most well-stocked in Italy.

To book a table for a memorable evening at the restaurant or to visit the cellar for exclusive wine tasting experience, the following are all the information you need.

Address & Location

Maffei restaurant

Piazza Erbe, 38
37121 Verona (VR)
Tel. +39 045 8010015
Fax. +39 045 8005124
info@ristorantemaffei.it

Opening times

Summer timetable

From 19.00 to 22.30
Open every day

Saturday and Sunday

From 12.00 to 14.30
From 19.00 to 22.30

Additional info:

Price range:

£27 – £50


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Practical information when visiting Palazzo Maffei Verona

1 | Getting to Palazzo Maffei Verona

ATV, Verona | public transport

Palazzo Maffei is located at Piazza delle Erbe. The article on how to Get around Verona – either public transport or by foot is an excellent guide for you to use to navigate the city. The article includes a walking guide to help you easily navigate in this compact city where usually, public transport is not necessary. However, feel free to jump onboard their ATV which is free if you buy the Verona Card. The Verona Card is great value for money as it includes priority entrance to the Verona Arena.

Learn more and buy the Verona Card in advance of your visit. Plan ahead and book your visit to the Verona Arena

2 | Places to stay in Verona

You may wish to consider the following three carefully selected hotels:

>> Top 7 hotels in the city of Verona

3 | Things to do in Verona

For activities to do in Verona, the following tours are highly recommended as it gives a good overview of the city and its culture.

Verona City Walking Tour
Classic bike tour of Verona City
Cooking class in Verona

I sincerely hope that the above has given you a flavour of what to expect should you choose to visit the Palazzo Maffei Verona at Piazza delle Erbe. If you find any of the suggestions useful, do use the links to buy your Verona Card or to go on the suggested tours – Timeless Travel Steps earns a commission at no cost to you, and as always, your support is appreciated.

Have a splendid experience at Palazzo Maffei 🙂

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Verona at a glance | Verona City Guide | An overview of what to expect

Verona at a glance | Verona City Guide | An overview of what to expect

Verona at a glance gives a quick overview of what to expect and what you need to know when visiting this City of Love. Although, Verona is a city popularly known for the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet, it is a city often overlooked by travellers whose sights are set on the bigger cities of Milan and Venice. However, this hidden gem in northern Italy has some extraordinary attractions packed full of archaeological, cultural and historical sites that should not be missed.

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Verona at a Glance

Visa – Visiting Italy

If you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel with just an Identification card. If you are non EU/EEA, you will need an entry visa. Learn more from this page.

Alternatively, do a quick check on your travel requirements to Italy with iVisa:

Language

The official language spoken in Verona is Italian but the majority of Veronese speak Padanian, a dialect typical of the region in northern Italy. You could purchase a little phrase book as a guide, if you prefer. However, I did not encounter any language barriers when I visited. The restaurants and bars along with the touristic places are staffed with some English speakers, so non-Italian speakers will have no problem.

Currency

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The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). 1 Pound Sterling (£) is equivalent to 1.15 Euro | 1 USD (US$) is equivalent to 0.93 Euro | Check latest currency exchange before you go.

Credit Cards and ATMs

Inform your credit card company that you are travelling abroad.
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In Verona, there are no problems in finding ATMs /cash machines that accept foreign credit cards or bank debit cards. Most shops, restaurants, and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like bus tickets, bottles of water, coffee, gelato and small souvenirs etc.

Power Plugs

The plugs & sockets in Italy are Type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a worldwide universal travel adapter which you can use in any European countries. Go to this page to have a quick browse on my essential travel kit.

WiFi

WiFi is usually available at the hotels and the high-rated restaurants but there may be a need to have WiFi at all times (like me). I recommend subscribing to Unlimited Portable Pocket Wifi (my favourite and a must have) when travelling to Verona or wider Italy/Europe. Works out much cheaper than roaming charges by a mobile carrier.

Safety

While Verona is generally a safe place to be, you may want to keep a close eye on your belongings. There are always that elements of pickpockets and theft.

Getting around Verona city

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The buses in Verona are managed by ATV

While in Verona, you will not probably need to use public transportation. Everything in Verona is located centrally and easily reachable with a short walk from either Piazza Bra or Piazza delle Erbe. However, you will need public transportation if your hotel is located in the suburbs outside of Verona or if you wish to explore nearby cities and seaside resorts.

View full post on Getting Around Verona here.

Places to Stay in Verona at a glance

Verona has many beautiful places to stay for short or long-term visits with prices ranging from budget to high. Here is a suggestion for the best two places in Verona in terms of location and views it affords.

Take a look at the recommended top 7 beautiful places to stay in Verona for timeless memories before you book elsewhere!

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Things to do in Verona at a glance

Thinking of what to do and ways to explore this beautiful medieval town? Consider the following highly popular tours organised by a reputable company. You have peace of mind should circumstances change – a company that offers easy cancellation and a full refund up to 24 hours before the activity due to start. Click on the images to learn more of the activity and reserve to suit your itinerary.

Classic bike tour of Verona City
Cooking class in Verona
Verona City Walking Tour

Navigate to Unique Experiences in the City of Verona for more ideas which you wouldn’t want to miss

Don”t just stop at Verona! Explore the Veneto region that is famous for its Valpolicella or visit the lakeside towns. Here are some great ideas for day trips.

sirmione and lake garda day trip from verona
Dolomites day trip from Verona
From Verona Amarone wine tour and lunch

On a final note

I hope this overview, Verona at a glance has given you a taster of what to expect when visiting Verona, Italy and is valuable to you in planning your travels to Italy. Browse through all related articles (below) so you can make an informed decision and uncover the many layers of history the enchanting city holds. Use the links embedded here to check your visa requirements, hotel booking and things to do – all links are credible and trusted sources with a good standing in the travel industry. You can be assured that your bookings are safe and secure. When you use these links, TTS earns a commission from qualifying bookings at no cost to you at all. As always, we appreciate your support.

Have a splendid time visiting Verona 🙂

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Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals. You shall find suggestions on recommended tours sprinkled throughout TTS on each experience I write about.

Travel insurance

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Majestic Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia | Verona

Majestic Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia | Verona

Located in the historic centre of Verona, and next to the welcoming medieval gates of I Portoni della Brà, sits the majestic Renaissance Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia. The Gran Guardia Palace is one of Verona’s most important historic buildings. It had been used for various military purposes over the centuries. However, today it is home to exhibitions and cultural events.

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The majestic Gran Guardia Palace is located on the south-side of Piazza Brà – you can’t miss it!

An overview of Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia

This monumental building was designed by architect Domenico Curtoni and construction began in 1610. It’s intended use was for military purposes. To this end a large porch was included in the design where military troops could be reviewed during inclement weather.

However, the work was suspended for a very long time due to economic constraints that Verona municipality had to endure. Work resumed in 1820, under the then architect, Giuseppe Barbieri. The building was completed in 1853. The palace also served as temporary housing for the Austrian military during Italy’s first struggle for independence in 1848.

The impressive Gran Guardia Palace is arranged over two-floors and an attic. The length of the building is eighty-six meters.

If you would like to include the Gran Guardia Palace in your itinerary, here’s what to expect when you visit:

Info: Giuseppe Barbieri was also the architect for Verona’s Town Hall building which is aptly named in honour of him, Palazzo Barbieri. Palazzo Barbieri sits alongside the Verona Arena on the eastern side of Piazza Brà.

What to see in Gran Guardia Palace

Officially classified as Renaissance, the facade of this impressive building showcases a combination of two different historical periods namely Baroque and Neoclassical.

The ground floor consists of thirteen majestic arches in sturdy rusticated ashlar masonry. Each arch is a diameter of three-and-half meters. These arches mirror those of the Roman amphitheatre.

Over the floors of this beautiful Renaissance building are large rectangular windows separated by paired Doric half-columns. These offer simple openings of modest size.

The stone stairway leads to the broad and grand porch of the attic. Supported by twelve pillars with full centre arches there are five grand arched windows here – sort of a crown placed on this majestic building.

Palazzo della Gran Guardia is home to prestigious exhibitions. It is open to the public only for exhibitions or other events like art shows and Vinitaly, Verona’s wine conference. The exhibitions and art shows are arranged on various floors. The rooms have varying capacities

Practical information on Gran Guardia Palace and immediate surrounds

Visiting hours

Although the Gran Guardia does not hold scheduled visiting hours, its full calendar of events means it is open to the public almost daily throughout the year.

Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

Opening hours: 

Tuesday (Republic Day)9:30 am – 8:30 pm; Hours might differ
Wednesday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Friday9:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Monday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
*Hours are subject to change. Please check events and exhibitions closer to your time of travel.

Phone: +39 045 803 3400


Basic information about Piazza Bra when visiting Gran Guardia Palace

Piazza Brà is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the world! The heart of the city of Verona and a public square, it is open 24-hours a day. A complete pedestrianised area, it’s a safe place to stroll with young children without concerns for traffic. The square is lined with bustling cafés and restaurants, and is a good place to stop for a meal or snack.

Learn more on Piazza Brà from this page which has all the information you need for your visit.

How to get to Piazza Bra

Verona is a major city in the Italian region of Veneto, and well connected by train to Milan, Florence, Venice and the rest of Italy.

The Piazza is in the city’s historic center, a short walk from the main train station.

Places to stay in Verona near Piazza Bra

For more choices on incredible places to stay, navigate to > Top 7 best places to stay in Verona

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Fun ways to experience Verona

The best way to explore and discover Verona, also popularly known as the City of Love is to join a couple of guided tours. The guided walking tours or the bike tours will cover the highlights of the City of VeronaArena, Piazza Bra, Casa di Giulietta, Gran Guardia Palace, and so much more.

If you want to take a break from the norms of sightseeing monuments (nothing wrong in this, Verona’s buildings and architecture are absolutely stunning) and experience something different, I highly recommend going on a Wine Tasting tour as the Veneto region is famous for its Amarone, Recioto, Soave, Prosecco, Valpolicella and Bardolino.

In addition, if you have a passion for Italian food, learn to prepare a delicious vegetarian 3-course meal according to the Italian (and Mediterranean) tradition.

Here are some carefully selected suggestions for you. Click on the images to learn more and to reserve your place:

Verona City Walking Tour
Classic bike tour of Verona City
Cooking class in Verona

Peruse all unique experiences in the City of Verona

Exploring Verona on foot with a tour guide requires a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Explore the Veneto region

Make time to explore the Veneto region – bask in the Italian wine culture, admire the scenic rolling hills and be encapsulated with the citrus scents of green apple, gentle peach and white flowers aromas.

Spend a day on a trip to the Dolomites. Take the funicular to Piz Boè at 3152 metre (10,341 feet) and marvel at the breathtaking scenic landscape that welcomes you.

Sirmione and Lake Garda is an easy destination from Verona and a popular one for visitors to this region. Studded with pretty harbour towns along the shores of Garda and the narrow cobbled streets together with a 13th century castle in Sirmione makes this half day trip a top activity.

Click on the images below to learn more of what the trips offer. Reserve your place well in advance so you don’t miss out on amazing experiences.

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Dolomites day trip from Verona
From Verona Amarone wine tour and lunch

Finally…

My sincere wish is that this post is valuable to you in planning your visits to Gran Guardia Palace and wider Verona. If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you. Also, use the links to book your place to stay and activities to do. The suppliers are credible and you benefit from special deals as well. TTS values your support as we earn a commission from qualified bookings and purchases which are at no cost to you at all.

Have a splendid time exploring Verona and the Gran Guardia!


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Piazza Bra | Verona | Best 7 experiences!

Piazza Bra | Verona | Best 7 experiences!

Located within the gates of Verona is one of the largest piazza in Europe. Piazza Bra welcomes visitors both day and night to indulge in a little Veronese culture. Marvel at the historic Roman Arena, grab a cup of espresso and happily people-watch while not missing on the beautiful attractions that are dotted around the expansive square.

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Piazza Bra Verona

Simply known as Bra, Piazza Bra is the main square and heart of life in Verona. It is one of the largest squares in Italy as well as in Europe. Located inside the City’s gates, Piazza Bra is a beautiful and an expansive square. It’s like a huge arrival hall from whence you get to various places and attractions. The pink marble liston is perfect for a stroll. Bra is also a destination for to observe and people-watch over a cup of coffee. Enjoy a meal at one of the al frescoes restaurants that are lined alongside prominent historic buildings from medieval times to present day. Piazza Bra should top your visit list to Verona. The square is a frequent stop on guided walking or bike tours of the city.

About this post on Piazza Bra Verona

This post on Piazza Bra sets out brief historical notes on its development as a square together with the limitations of its perimeter by notable constructions. Along with this, is a list of popular attractions in the square which you should not miss when visiting Piazza Bra.

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Piazza Bra – An overview of the development of a “square”

Portoni del Bra Archway, Verona
Portoni del Bra Archway, Verona

The word “Bra” has its origins in German from the word “breit” which means “broad“. It began to be defined as a “square” in the mid sixteenth century.

The Palace of Honours was built by architect Michele Sammicheli on the west of the Square with the purpose of limiting the perimeter of the square from future expansion. On the southern side, the Grand Guardia Palace was constructed and you will also find Portoni del Bra archway which encloses the south. Then in the nineteenth century, Palazzo Barbieri, the neoclassical City Hall was constructed alongside the Arena on the eastern side of the Square, with the Arena on the north of the square.

The Square was paved off completely with pink marble from the Valpolicella region in 1782.

Piazza Bra – Historical use of the Square

A notable use of the square was in the mid twelfth century as a “livestock” market. Along with it, the Bra was also used for wood, hay and straw.

Piazza Bra is no stranger to the ancient custom of holding a fair. The one that had survived through the centuries to today is the fair of St Lucy. The fair of St Lucy takes place each year between 11th and 13th December.

7 popular attractions at Piazza Bra not to miss

This beautiful and expansive square in the heart of Verona has several historic buildings, gardens, and fountains. Here are the popular attractions which you may want experience:

1 | Verona Arena

Verona Arena is the largest open air amphitheatre in the world. It was built in the first century, survived two earthquakes and all the challenges throughout its 2000 years. It is a true marvel that it is standing in all its glory. Today, the Arena hosts musical events and their popular annual summer Opera evenings. A visit here is highly recommended. All you need to know for a memorable visit is available on this page. You could also peruse and book to join Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour. A tour is an opportunity to learn of its long history and marvel at this ancient architecture from within its arched walls.

2 | Gran Guardia Palace

Palazzo Gran Guardia is one of Verona’s most impressive of historic buildings. It was designed by Domenico Curtoni and construction began in early seventeenth century. However it took over a hundred years to complete, in the mid nineteenth century by Giuseppe Barbieri. The Gran Guardia is an impressive building with stone stairway, grand porch, pillars and arched windows. Learn more about this beautiful architecture from this page.

3 | Portoni della Bra

A beautiful piece of architecture and the gateway to the old city, I Portoni della Bra are the two arches on the south side of the square. It has a clock in the centre and on both sides of the arches. It was built by Gian Galeazzo Visconti in late fourteenth century.

4 | Palazzo Barbieri

Palazzo Barbieri sits on the eastern side of Bra. It is of a Neoclassical architecture built in the nineteenth century. This building was designed by Giuseppe Barbieri. Formerly known as Palazzo della Gran Guardia Nuova but was later named Palazzo Barbieri in honour of Giuseppe Barbieri. It has been home to the offices of the municipal administrations since 1869. In the 1940s, the interior of the City Hall was destroyed by fire. This led to internal modifications, rebuilt by adding the rear and the semi-circular wing.

5 | Fontana delle Alpi – At the centre of Piazza Bra

This fountain is in a small park in the centre of Piazza Bra. It offers a pleasant shady area to walk or to take a break from walking. The Veronese refer to Fontana delle Alpi as a “Lemon Squeezer” (struca limoni) because of its shape.

6 | The Statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II – at the centre of the park in Piazza Bra

An equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first ruler of unified Italy dominates the centre of the park in Piazza Bra.

7 | Museo Lapidario Maffeiano – an archaeological museum

The Museo Lapidario Maffeiano in Piazza Bra was constructed in the middle pf eighteenth century and inextricably tied to Marquess Scipione Maffei (1675-1755). Maffei spent thirty-years collecting hundreds and hundreds of inscriptions. He made his collection displayed to the public, believing that “what is useful to the public must become public domain”. The collection includes 650 findings.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
closed on Mondays


Practical information on Piazza Bra

1 | Location of Piazza Bra and all attractions listed in this post

Piazza Bra is located at: Piazza Bra, 37121, Verona Italy

Here is a map on the locations of the places listed in this post so you can easily locate them when you visit.

2 | Basics about the Bra that you need to know

i | Piazza Bra is a pedestrian square, so it is a safe place to stroll with young children;

ii | The Bra is a public square and is open twenty-four hours. Cafes and restaurants are subject to their own opening hours.

iii | The Square is lined with bustling cafes and restaurants, offering great choices of food and snacks

iv | Exploring Verona on foot with or without a tour guide requires a bit of walking. Best to use comfortable shoes, wear casual clothing and travel light;

3 | Best time to visit Piazza Bra

In any case, whether it is the peak season or the shoulder season, find yourself a seat in one of the al frescoe restaurants lined up at the Bra on early evenings. Over coffee, watch and take part in the daily passeggiata, a tradition when Italian families and groups of friends take a stroll before dinner. Learn more about Italian culture from this page.

4 | Getting to Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra is located in the center of Verona. It’s accessible on foot, by bus, taxi, or as part of a bike or Segway tour of the city center.  

Once at the square, all attractions listed here are located within walking distance.

Recommended read: Getting around Verona – public transport and best ways to explore


5 | Places to stay near Piazza Bra

The following hotels are within very close proximity of Piazza Bra and other attractions in Verona. Click on the images, peruse and book your stay.

6 | More than one way to experience Piazza Bra and Verona

Here are some carefully selected suggestions for you. Click on the images to learn more and to reserve your place:

Verona City Walking Tour
Classic bike tour of Verona City
Cooking class in Verona

Final thoughts on Piazza Bra

A visit to Piazza Bra in Verona and you will note that this expansive square has it all! From gardens, fountains, restaurants, street entertainers to grandeur palaces and Roman amphitheatre. A day spent here will be a day well-spent.


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Have a splendid time exploring Piazza Bra and Verona 🙂

Georgina xoxo


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