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Basilica of San Zeno

No one going to Verona could justify missing out on a visit to this Romanesque church that epitomizes the city: San Zeno Maggiore. Enlarged in the Medieval Period after the earthquake of 1117 with the addition of a tufa span on the West, the church's original structure dates back to the 9th century. The ornate façade is made of tuff, divided by thin pilaster strips, with a triangular pediment crossed by a gallery of mullioned windows with two lights in red marble. Featured at the center is the "Wheel of Fortune," the large rosette dating back to the 13th century. Also, scenes of Saint Zeno's life and miracles are painted in the lunette, while wooden scenes from the Old and New Testament are depicted in the 48 panels.

Giardino Giusti

The Giardino Giusti contains all the features of a typical Renaissance garden: a geometrical layout of flowerbeds and hedgerows, fountains, grottos, gazebos, mythological statues, avenues of cypresses, and a maze. Mozart, Goethe, kings, and emperors have all visited this garden, which, for four centuries, has been one of the most beautiful and well-visited in the whole of the Veneto. Designed by Agostino Giusti, the garden consists of three sections- a lawn, a wooded hill with a ravine and cliff, and landscaped terraces with a belvedere.

Museo di Castelvecchio

Castelvecchio was founded in the mid-14th century at the behest of Cangrande II della Scala as a princely residence with a fortress. It was called the Castle of San Martino in Aquaro because it incorporated a small church dedicated to the saint. Over the centuries, it continued to have military functions - with the domination of Venice. It was the seat of an academy with Napoleon, and two new wings were added to the building. Then, with the Austrians, it played a strategic role in the fortification of Verona. In the 1920s, Verona municipality moved medieval and modern art sections from the Civic Museum to Castelvecchio. The present layout of the building and its exhibitions are the result of a major rehabilitation and construction between 1956 and 1973 by the architect Carlo Scarpa.

Galleria Dello Scudo

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.

Museo Degli Affreschi

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.

Galleria Massella

A leading figure in the city's art and culture scene, Galleria Massella features an array of fascinating works of art. Aimed at providing a platform for young local artists, the collection of this gallery largely includes beautiful works by lesser known and upcoming artists. Dedicated to promoting, exhibiting and educating the masses about the different styles and forms of contemporary art, here visitors are offered a deeper meaning of creativity through fascinating canvas paintings. Apart from the permanent displays, regular exhibitions and art events are also organised here, wherein visitors and art enthusiasts can get a glimpse of a number of famous paintings and even meet their creators.

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