Verona World Heritage Site – UNESCO

“Verona (…) is a city of culture and art. In its urban structure and its architecture, Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed progressively and uninterruptedly over 2000 years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period. This is a brief excerpt from the description of the historic centre of Verona when the city was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in the year 2000. And it is true: over the centuries many styles have overlapped in a wonderful collage of different artistic expressions. In Piazza Brà alone, a single glance collects architectures covering almost two millennia: the Roman Arena; the 14th century walls of Ezzelino; the 16th century palaces; the Gran Guardia whose construction lasted from 1610 to 1853; the 17th century Maffei Museum and the 18th century Philharmonic Theatre where, between 1770 and 1773, a young Mozart delighted the Veronese aristocracy with seven memorable concerts. The nearby Corso Cavour, a sumptuous succession of aristocratic Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic-Venetian and neoclassical palaces and Romanesque churches, is delimited at one end by the Roman Porta Borsari – once named Porta Iovis and marking the main access to the city from Via Postumia – and at the other by another splendid relic of the imperial era (1st century AD), the majestic white Gavi Arch, which stands next to the coarse brick walls of Castelvecchio (14th century). And so forth, through the squares, or sneaking in the alleys lined with palaces built on the massive Roman walls of Gallienus, or following the course of the river where the Convent of San Girolamo and the small church of Santi Siro and Libera (10th – 18th centuries) are huddled on the ruins of the Roman Theatre (1st century BC), just a few steps away from the church of Santo Stefano (5th century) and in the shadow of the massive Castel San Pietro (19th century) square castle.