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Castelvecchio is a castle in Verona, northern Italy. It is the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages.
A Day of Castelvecchio Tour In Verona
The building is a large square compound made out of red bricks and is an impressive example of Gothic architecture. One of the most noteworthy features of the castle is its imposing M-shaped merlons which run along the walls of the bridge and the castle itself. There are seven towers in the castle along with a Maschio or a super elevated keep. Inside are four main buildings. Castelvecchio is surrounded by a ditch that is now dry. When the castle was first built, the moat was filled with water from the nearby Adige. Take your time to admire the architecture during your Castelvecchio tour.
Castelvecchio today is home to the Castelvecchio museum made possible by the restoration work led by architect Carlo Scarpa from 1959 until 1973. Scarpa's unique architectural style can be seen in the various details of the furnishings, staircases, and doorways of the museum and even in the fixtures that hold the pieces of art. You need to purchase Castelvecchio tickets to be able to see the collections. The museum has a large collection of gold works, ceramics, ancient weapons, paintings, statues, sculptures, and even old bells. Most of the sculptures date back to the Romanesque period and include works by Tintoretto, Veronese, Andrea Mantegna, and Pisanello. The museum also features several frescoes and paintings from the 14th century and most of the artwork is heavily focused on the religious.
The Scaliger or Castelvecchio Bridge is a fortified bridge that was built over the River Adige. The bridge featured segmental arches and when it was originally constructed it had the world's largest span at 48.7 meters. It is a must to visit during your Castelvecchio tour. The bridge was built around 1354 by Lord Cangrande II in order to facilitate escape from his fortress. The construction was solid and the bridge remained intact until the end of the 18th century when French troops destroyed the left bank tower.
How to Get Tickets?
The Castevecchio tickets can be purchased at the ticket office when you arrive. It's located just before the entrance. Don't forget to read the small panel at the ticket office, in case you hold a particular membership card, so you can get a discount. If you purchased the Verona Card, you can get a free entrance to this castle.
How To Get Around?
Castelvecchio tour is best done by walking. You should make a few stops to admire the artworks and to learn about its history. The castle is also located near the bus stop so you can take a bus to visit other places in the city.
What Should I Wear?
There is no particular dress code to visit this castle. Wear comfortable shoes to walk around.
Best Time to Visit
Castelvecchio tickets can be purchased at any time of the year. The castle is open all year round for your Castelvecchio tour. If you hate the crowds, then go during off-season. Mornings in particular are the best time to visit Castelvecchio.
Will I Need a Guide?
You will not need a guide to explore Castelvecchio tour. It's best to explore it by yourself, besides there are 3-4 staff in each room who will be happy to answer your questions should you need them.
How To Get There?
From the city center of Verona, take bus line 41 for 8 minutes and stop at the entrance of Castelvecchio. You can also walk from the city, it only takes 20 minutes and is a pleasant walk. From the airport, take a train to Verona Porta Nuova and take the bus line 41. You can also take the bus from the airport, Line 98 will take you to Castelvecchio in 30 minutes.
The Museum is full of stairs and steps and is therefore only partially accessible to people with walking difficulties. There's an elevator which allows to get only to the gallery of paintings (works from the XVI to the XVIII century). In some rooms there is a path for blind persons but there were not many panels.