Arco della Costa, Verona

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  • The bone, which is considered to be a whale rib, hangs in the center of the medieval Arco della Costa, is between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori. On versions of rib there hanging with at least 1700 's, but some sources suggest much earlier, even starting from the 15th century. Above the arch one can see the transition between two buildings. In the middle ages this walkway over arch provided safe passage for judges and magistrates between City Hall and their living quarters, so they do not have to communicate with "unscrupulous" persons. There is an interesting myth magic whale ribs: it tells that the rib hits the first innocent or truthful person who will pass under the Arco della Costa!)))))))
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  • This bridge connected the Domus Nova and the Palazzo della Ragione and for us going a nice entrance to the Piazza dei Lords from Piazza del Erbe. In the opening hangs a large bone which is said to be a rib of a whale, Ichthyosaur or other prehistoric animals. There is no sure explanation why this bone is located here. According to some it is a kind of relic brought from the Holy land from the Crusaders in Verona, others say it can be a kind of advertisement for the old pharmacy which was located here, but others believe it is a fossil found in the mountains around Verona.
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  • This passage way between the 13th C. Domus Nova & the Palazza della Ragione or Comune (1281) was built around 1470 and is situated on Piazza del Erbe in the historical center of Verona. The arch is a ...  more »
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  • Beautiful to walk through, the style reminds me of Venice
  • Such an underwhelming Arco, that we didn't even notice the first couple times we walked through it.
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  • The Arco della Costa, is a footbridge linking the Domus Nova and the Palazzo della Ragione and Venetian era allowed the judges to travel from their residence, the Domus nova to City Court, Palazzo della Ragione, without having to go down the street, where they could be approached by mischief-makers or malicious users. The Arco della Costa owes its name to a whale's rib for centuries there hangs below. No one knows why there has been hung, and despite various theories and interpretations, remains a mystery. According to some it is a kind of relic brought from the Holy land from the Crusaders of Verona, others believe it may be a fossil, maybe found on the mountains around Verona, believed a bone of some mysterious monster, placed almost in the Centre of Verona superstitious – protection of the city.
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