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Palazzo del Comune (o della Ragione) (Communal Building – or Regional):
in Piazza dei Signori, old centre of power and administration of the City, can be found in the old Communal Building constructed at the end of the 12th Century (updating and additions were carried out in the era and during the Renaissance as well as at the end of 1800). The restoration will see the completion of the interior for the enjoyment of the public, transforming it into a new and prestigious seat of polyvalent exhibition, not to mention a museum seat.


Le Arche Scaligere:
a true and proper open air museum, which can be described as the architectonic/sculptural complex of monumental tombs of the representatives of the Della Scala Dynasty, old upper classes of Verona. It is located next to the Church of Santa Maria Antica, just after Piazza dei Signori. The monuments cover an era which goes from 1300 to 1380 approximately, and therefore corresponds with the style of the Gothic evolution towards the so called Gothic international.


Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Achille Forti” (Palazzo Forti) (Communal Picture Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art):
can be found at the crossroads between Via Forti and Via Verità, accessible from the central Corso Sant’Anastasia, where the Vòlto Due Mori lane opens onto it with an entrance to the collection and exhibitions. It’s the main exhibition seat of Verona. The Forti collection is conserved in the ground floor rooms, which is dedicated to masterpieces of painting (mainly from the Veneto region) of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century. The other rooms are fitted out to host temporary exhibitions, always of an international level, based on themes and quality of the works exhibited.


Palazzo della Gran Guardia:

already a communal building. It rises up magnificently in Piazza Brà with its neo-classic facade of 1836, and is situated next to the Arena. The building has recently been restored and in its interior hosts contemporary art exhibitions, utilizing that which has been modernized and is particularly adapted to these types of exhibitions.


Museo Lapidario Maffeiano:
is next to the Teatro Filarmonico (Philharmonic Theatre), and also located in Piazza Brà. The organization of the collections, as well as the restoration of the exhibition seat date back to 1982. Now, the courtyard and underground areas are also utilized for exhibitions following typographical and thematic criteria. The collection includes reliefs, epigraphs, sarcophagi and sculptures from the Greek, Etruscan, Paleo-Veneta and Roman eras.


Castelvecchio (Civico Museo d’Arte) (Civic Art Museum):
the Castelvecchio complex is an articulate construction, initiated in 1354. It was then transformed on numerous occasions, (the last being under French dominion), but the exemplary restoration was the work of Carlo Scarpa which was carried out between 1957 and 1964 and returned the structure to its original state, as well as adding the exhibition possibilities and area coverage. Entrance is via the Levatoio Bridge in Corso Castelvecchio and visitors can access the museum by crossing the ample courtyard which was already the armament square of the castle. On the ground floor the area contains sculptures and reliefs (particularly medieval examples), whilst on the upper floor there’s the Art Gallery with works from the Gothic era to that of the greatest masters of the 16th , 17th and 18th Centuries from the Veneto area. Here, between a point of access of the two levels, a sculptural masterpiece from the Italian 14th Century is also conserved, that is the equestrian statue by Cangrande I della Scala.


Area Archeologica del Teatro Romano (Archaeological Area of the Roman Theatre):
faces the Adige river, on the “regaste Redentore” (the only tract along the river which existed prior to the 19th Century manipulation) just past the Pietra Bridge. The complex is made up of the Roman Theatre still in use for summer theatrical festivals, the 14th Century Church of Saints Siro and Libera and the Archaeological Museum which conserves a rich collection beginning with the Attica vases from the 5th Century BC, to statues and mosaics from the II/III centuries AD.

 

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