A Splendid Verona Castle
This famous Verona castle was built in the 14th century, by Cangrande
“Rabid Dog” della Scala to protect Verona from rival bosses/kingdoms.
An interesting aspect of the castle is that provision was made for an
escape route across the family’s private bridge, the Ponte Scaligero,
and north into Austria in the case of a local uprising against the
The Scaliger family was not the most trusting and with good reason,
they spent a lot of their time killing, or being killed, by neighbours
and other family members.However they played a huge part in the Veneto's history and their castles are to be found all over the region. The one in Sirmione is another favorite of mine.
In fact Cangrande, nicknamed Cangrande “Rabid Dog” della Scala,
was killed by his brother and eventually the family did have to flee
north across the bridge – settling in Germany. Actually their lives were a little like an
ancient mafia movie - only more violent.
Nowadays the castle houses a fabulous museum of sculpture, art, weapons and jewelry from the 12th century onwards. You can wander around the castle grounds but to get up onto the walls, into the towers and explore the museum you'll need to pay six Euros to go in.
Some of the art work is amazing yet I like the weapons room and the 14th century statues by the
Sant’Anastasia group best. The statues and their arrangement in the
display room is somehow strangely moving and yet ever so slightly
One other important aspect is the work done by Carlo Scarpa in restoring the castle and designing the museum.
Carlo Scarpa is one of the most important architects of the last
century and the museum is testament to his incredible vision. Many
people reckon the museum to be the masterpiece of his illustrious
career. To be honest I am a bit clueless and had never heard of him but
now I'm impressed - great guy!
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