Roman Verona

The great prosperity of the Roman Verona is demonstrated by the quality of remains and artefacts that have emerged throughout the historic centre. There are so many that some which were unearthed during the routine maintenance of roads and buildings have been carefully studied, catalogued, documented…and then re-buried! Of course, the most important and significant, some found not more than a few decades ago, have been completely restored and returned to citizens and visitors. The Arena is by far the biggest and the most famous. Built a few decades before the Coliseum in Rome, at the beginning of the 1st  century AD, it was, and is, one of the largest amphitheatres in the world. The two access gates to the city, Porta Borsari and Porta Leona; the Gavi Arch; the walls; the Forum (the current Piazza Erbe, at the time perfectly rectangular compared to today’s spindle-shape); the Ponte Pietra (Stone bridge) and the Roman Theatre are some of the most impressive examples. But Verona is full of thousands of other little secrets from the Roman period: the Solomonic column which supports a building at 31 Corso Porta Borsari (that can be seen in a shop window on the corner of Via Quattro Spade) as well as the friezes, decorations, sculptures, headstones and inscriptions that are scattered across Verona document a powerful economic and social fabric as well as a love for beauty that has lasted throughout the millennia.