Are you short on time or are you tired but want to see everything? Join us on our Verona Top Ten 3K run.
An easy route of about 3 kilometers will take you to see the 10 unmissable monuments in Verona.
01 – Piazza Bra (where the Arena is located)
02 – Castelvecchio (one of the best-preserved fourteenth-century castles in Italy)
03 – The Roman Arch of the Gavi family
04 – The Roman walls
05 – The Roman Borsari Gate
06 – Piazza Erbe (Roman forum and medieval market)
07 – Piazza dei Signori (the political heart of Verona-capital in 1300s)
08 – The Arche Scaligere (the monumental tombs of the Lords of Verona)
09 – Romeo’s house and, obviously…
10 – Juliet’s house.
But how is it possible that all the must-see monuments are concentrated at such a short distance from each other and are today the delight of visitors who have little time available?
Well… there are two reasons: but I’ll tell you when we meet 😉
This running tour will introduce you to some important family names, but you may not know them.
The Gavi family, for example. Over 2000 years ago they made available an enormous amount of sesterces to restore the aqueduct and build the Roman Theater.
In exchange their surname was engraved on the columns of the theater.
Today we would call them sponsors: money in exchange for advertising.
2000 years ago they would have said “nihil novum sub sole”, that is “there is nothing new under the sun”.
The Della Scala family who, between the end of the 13th century and the middle of the 14th century, transformed Verona into the powerful capital of the north east of Italy.
Della Scala, the first Lordship in the Italian history, before the Medici of Florence or the Visconti of Milan.
And we’ll tell you all about Montagues and Capulets… thanks to Romeo and Juliet they are names you knew, but did you know that much of what Shakespeare tells is not legend?