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This pedestrian-only shopping district of Corso Porta Borsari begins with a grandiose arch built by the Romans. This ancient sun-bleached wall was built in the third century as part of the ancient city's "decumano" gate. Upon passing through these imposing walls one is greeted with a narrow street lined with multitudinous boutiques selling hard to find local products in addition to gourmet restaurants, wine bars, and cafés such as Caffè Tubino. The atmosphere is vibrant while retaining a small-town feel, which makes this historic street the perfect place to take a stroll and drink in fair Verona.
Established in 1968, Galleria Dello Scudo is a contemporary art gallery that widens the art horizon of the city. Beautiful masterpieces by popular Italian artists like Gastone Novelli, Giuseppe Spagnulo, Toti Scialoja, Marco Gastini, and Salvatore Scarpitta. Entry to the gallery is free and the exhibitions keep changing. The gallery has been working in the field of art research by joining hands with international galleries and museums such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, The Phillips Collection, Washington, and Tate Gallery, London.
Set up in 1973 this museum takes its name from the art historian Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle. It conserves frescoes which have been removed from religious and state buildings in Verona since last century. On the upper floor, in the first room there is a display of a group of frescoes from 1180. They were found on a second layer in the votive chapel of the San Nazaro and San Celso. In the second room, there are displays of frescoes taken from Palazzo Guarienti ai Filippini. They contain allegorical scenes which are attributed to Paolo Farinati. Finally there is a third room in which there frescoes by Felice Brusasorci and Bernardino India. These came from the now demolished Palazzo Fiorio Della Seta.
This obligatory port of call for any visitor to Verona is said to be the very residence that inspired Shakespeare in writing his most famous star-crossed lovers. Built in the 13th Century, this Gothic-style home once belonged to the dell Capello family, which fans of Romeo and Juliet will notice sounds strikingly similar to Juliet's last name: Capulet. It was built on the remains of a Roman insula, an ancient urban housing unit, and today plays host to a small museum filled with antiques from the 16th Century on. The site's famous balcony overlooks a courtyard renovated by Antonio Avena in 1935, which also features a bronze Juliet statue created by sculptor Nereo Costantini. History buffs and literature lovers often stop for a photo in front of the historic and romantic Casa di Giulietta.
The central Piazza delle Erbe was the focal point of urban life in ancient Verona. It is located on the site of the ancient Roman Forum. Originally it was large (56 meters x 68 meters) and rectangular and then it was adapted to a Medieval shape and reduced in size. It was then delimited by the construction of the Palazzo del Comune. During the Scaligera period, it became a center for trade and commerce; to this end, various symbolic elements were added, such as the Fountain of the Madonna Verona, the Market Column (a Gothic structure built in 1401 to bear the viscount's insignia), the berlina (a marble canopy built to host the investiture of public office) and the Colonna di San Marco.
The civic natural history museum is in the 16th century Palazzo Pompei, a masterpiece by Sanmicheli. The building was given to the town in 1854 by Count Alessandro Pompei for it to become an exhibition site for scientific and ethnographic collections, and for renaissance artifacts and art collections. While there was a time when the natural collections were few in comparison to the rest, the collection grew quickly with the passage of time. There were problems of space and it was only in 1936 that the art collections were moved to other buildings. Palazzo Pompei became an exhibition space exclusively for natural science. At present, there are 19 rooms in which you can see more than 2,000,000 examples of the world's animals, plants, geology, paleontology and prehistory. The fossilized fish from Bolca are a major attraction. They are contained in a weir which is 45,000,000 years old.