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Arche Scaligere, Verona

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#8 of 36 in Historic Sites in Verona
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Get in touch with Verona's medieval past at Arche Scaligere, which preserve the memory of the Della Scalla family, rulers of the city in the 13th and 14th centuries. The five ornate Gothic monuments occupy the front courtyard of a small church constructed during the 12th century. Shaped like little temples, the tombs remain one of Verona's outstanding examples of Gothic art. Pay special attention to the tomb of Cangrande I, the most celebrated member of the family. In honor of his name, which means "big dog" in Italian, Cangrade's tabernacle-shaped tomb features images of harnessed dogs. Put Arche Scaligere at the forefront of your travel plans using our Verona itinerary planner.
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  • We enjoyed reading more about its history than actually going inside. We found it small and crowded.  more »
  • Thus place was very interesting as it shows the power this family had both when alive and still now as they have left their mark on Verona. Beautiful carvings and shows a lit of work went into this. W...  more »
  • Saw these while wandering through the old city on the way to a restaurant. Took a few minutes to check them out and take some photos. They're really beautiful and worthy of a look; I would have spent ...  more »