Scaliger tombs : Michelin's recommendations
As Ghibellines (that is supporters of the German emperor and, hence opposed to the Guelphs who supported the Pope), the Scaliger family seized power in Verona and ruled it on behalf of their champion from 1260 to 1387. To judge by the surnames adorning the members of the dynasty, Mastino (Mastiff), Cangrande (Guard dog) and Cansignorio (Mr Dog), these Scaligers were not the most gentle with their fellow citizens! They had their tombs built between their palaces and their Romanesque church, St Mary the Old. These elegant Gothic mausoleums are surrounded by a marble balustrade with a wrought iron grille, decorated with religious scenes and statues of the Saints, and of course with the family shield of the ladder (scala) which was the symbol of the Scaligers. Above the door to the church, the tomb of Cangrande I is surmounted by a copy of the equestrian statue of the dead man who has a somewhat disturbing smile (the original is in the museum of Castelvecchio), in pink Verona marble.
- Address : Piazza dei Signori I - 37121 Verona37121Verona
- Prices : free of charge
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