Museums , Verona: Guide Verona: Italy - Nozio 0%

Author: Roby Ferrari

Verona Museums, Italy

Museum of Castelvecchio
Corso Castelvecchio
Closed on Mondays, open during the rest of the week from 8.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

The swallow-tailed battlements of the scaligero bridge take you to Castelvecchio. built in the 14th century for military purposes by the powerful Scaligeri family. Today it houses the public museum of Verona, that mainly collects Veronese medieval paintings and sculptures. A section is entirely dedicated to one of the greatest Twentieth century architects, Carlo Scarpa.
On the ground floor the exhibits range from upper medieval and Roman sculptures to sculptures of the XIV century. Worth noting is theArca of the Saints Sergio and Bracco. The weapons hall reminds visitors of the building's military functions of the time.
The rooms dedicated to paintings range from the Medieval period to the end of the Eighteenth century. Worth seeing:

  • The Madonna della Quaglia by Pisanello, around 1420, depicting the Virgin sitting on the ground, immersed in nature. The quail beside her is the symbol for virtue
  • Il Crocifisso (or the Crucifix) by Jacopo Bellini
  • La Sacra Famiglia con una santa (The Holy Family with a saint) by Andrea Mantegna
  • La Deposizione (The Deposition) by Paolo Veronese

Museo archeologico del Teatro Romano (Archaeological Museum of the Roman Theater)
Regaste Redentore, 2
Closed on Monday mornings, open the rest of the week from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Located above the Roman theater in the rooms of an ex-convent of San Gerolamo of the Fifteenth century, the museum offers an interesting excursus of Verona's millenary history, collecting objects from necropolis around the area, of which urns, ceramic products, tools, glass objects and tombstones.


Museo di storia naturale (Museum of Natural History)
Lungadige Porta vittoria, 9
Opening hours from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays and on Saturdays. From 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. Closed on Fridays.

The fossils from one of the oldest deposits, at Bolca, near the Lessini mountains, are the museum's main attraction. Over 240 species of fish and other plant and animal organisms from the mid Eocene period. There are four sections: botany, geology and paleontology, prehistoric period and zoology.

"Miniscalchi-Erizzo" Museum - Museo Artistico-Archeologico (Artistic-Archaeological Museum)

Via S. Mammaso, 2/a – Verona
Open from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays and non-working days (June-September only on non-working days 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Inside an XV-XVI century building the "Miniscalchi-Erizzo" museum boasts bronze statues, weapons, armors and Renaissance drawings, paintings and drawings by A. Longhi, Tintoretto, Palma il Giovane and Jacopo Bassano.

"Palazzo Forti" Gallery of modern and contemporary art- Museo Artistico (Artistic Museum)
Via Forti, 1 – Verona
Holds works by Eighteenth and Nineteenth century Italian artists. It also organizes temporary exhibits.
Visiting hours: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; closed on Mondays.

Museo Africano - Museo Demo-Etno-Antropologico (African Museum - Demo-Ethnical-Anthropological Museum)
Vicolo Pozzo, 1 – Verona
Closed on Monday mornings. Open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays

Verona has a long history of Christian missions. The African Museum collects ethnographic objects saved by negligence and mass destruction, coming from Egypt, Sudan , Congo, Togo, Burkina Faso and other African states.

Museo Canonicale - Museo Artistico-Archeologic (Canonical Museum - Artistic-Archaeological Museum)
Piazza Duomo, 21 – Verona
From 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays; 2.30 p.m.-6.00 p.m. on Sundays

Arranged in the rectory, in the Roman cloister of Verona's cathedral, it holds pieces coming from donations that document the history of the Sala Capitolare of the cathedral and of the Capitolare library.
Collections: archaeological material, holy furnishings from the Roman and Baroque periods, Roman and Renaissance sculptures and mainly Veronese paintings (XV and XVI centuries.

Museo degli Affreschi e Tomba di Giulietta - Museo Artistico-Archeologic (Fresco Museum and Tomb of Juliet - Artistic-Archaeological Museum)

Via del Pontiere – Verona
From 8.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. from Tuesdays to Saturdays; from 1.45 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Mondays; closed Monday mornings.

Inside: frescoes taken from religious and private buildings, Renaissance pieces by F. Torbido, D. Brusasorci and B. India and nineteenth century sculptures.
In the convent's crypt: the sarcophagus that, according to tradition, holds the body of Juliet.

Museo lapidario Maffeiano - Museo Archeologico (Maffeiano tombstone Museum - Archaeological Museum)
Piazza Bra, 28 – Verona
Open from 8.30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day

It takes its name from the founder, Scipione Maffei. A collection of urns and inscriptions, amongst the richest are the following: Veronese, Istrian, from the Aquila region, from Padua, from Brescia, Greek, Paleovenetian relics from the East and from Padua including sepulchral stems.


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