Piazza dei Signori and Piazza delle Erbe -2012.07.12

Posted: July 12, 2012 in 7.12, Architecture & Place-Making, July 2012, Piazza, Urban, Verona

Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza dei Signori

Piazza dei Signori

Piazza delle Erbe is a square in Verona, northern Italy. Once it was the town’s forum during the time of the Roman Empire. Piazza dei Signori, is a square in the historic center of Verona , next to Piazza delle Erbe .

Verona’s central square Piazza delle Erbe was initially the site of a Roman forum but is now surrounded by palazzi and the venue for a daily market. Many of the wares on offer are of the ho-hum T-shirt variety, but enough fresh produce from the Veneto is on sale to lend an air of authenticity to the marketplace. Standing amid the hubbub is a statue of Madonna Verona, presiding over these scenes of workaday life since 1368. The adjoining Piazza dei Signori is more somber and was for many centuries the scene of such civic affairs as assemblies of the medieval citizens’ council that played a large part in the city government. In the middle of the square is a statue of Dante, who spent part of his years in exile from Florence in the beautiful 13th-century palazzo of the Scaligeri family, which faces the piazza. Walking between these two beautiful squares involves a risk, but only to the truly honest – a whalebone suspended in the Arco della Costa (Arch of the Rib) will fall on the first person to walk beneath it who has never told a lie.

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