Verona's Museums and Galleries (Self Guided), Verona

Italy offers a vast number of beautiful museums and galleries which have earned fame from the rest of the world. The museums provide a very unique collection of art and cultural treasures from Italy. Verona's museums and galleries are the greatest places in the city to learn about Italy's past and admire Italian masterpieces of inestimable value.
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Verona's Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Verona's Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: Italy » Verona (See other walking tours in Verona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: Helen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo di Castelvecchio
  • Museo Lapidario Maffeiano
  • Galleria Dello Scudo
  • Ristorante Greppia
  • Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo
Museo di Castelvecchio

1) Museo di Castelvecchio (must see)

The Museo di Castelvecchio is a museum located in a medieval castle. It was commissioned by Cangrande II della Scala between 1354 and 1356. Originally, the fortress was built to protect the family from enemies and to give them ample time to escape. The palace was used to house military weapons and munitions in the 1400s and eventually became the seat of the Venetian military academy in the 1700s. In 1925, it was made a museum.

The exhibition hall collection contains Veronese sculptures, jewelry, epigraphs, frescoes, paintings, weapons, ceramics, and bells, from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries. The most notable works are the Sepulcher of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus, the Crucifix, St. Cecilia and Catherina, Madonna of the Quail, and the Holy Family. Stefano da Verona, Carlo Crivelli, Giovanni Bellinis, Liberale da Verona, and Girolamo da Libri are just a few of the artists whose works fill the rooms of the museum.

The building experienced multiple renovations over a period of 700 years. Between 1959 and 1973, architect Carlo Scarpa restored the building to its authentic state.

Why You Should Visit:
Delightful to stroll around as the galleries wind their way in and out of some charming and dramatic floors and courtyards.
The artifacts are nicely spaced on each floor so you don't see them as a jumble of confusing items.
You can even walk on the battlements that give you a great view of the bridge and river.

If you are keen to learn about the art inside, then it's worth paying for the audio guide.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 1:30-7:30pm; Tue-Sun: 8:30am-7:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo Lapidario Maffeiano

2) Museo Lapidario Maffeiano

Located between the walls of Piazza Bra and Castelvecchio, the Museo Lapidario Maffeiano is the second oldest public library museum in the world. Founded in 1745 by Scipione Maffai, the exhibition hall contains Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Arab writings, some of which were donated by Maffai. The architect was Alessandro Pompei.

Hundreds of inscriptions, reliefs, and sculptures are located throughout the entrance hall, basement, and two upper rooms. The experience begins in the courtyard, where many writings are arranged underneath the beautiful Italian sky, and ends with a walk over the walls of the Bra that takes you to the Gran Guardia. Three recommended items to view are the largest collection of Greek grave inscriptions housed on the first floor and the Etruscan urns and sarcophagus of a young man on the second level.

The museum is a popular site with tourists, students, and scholars. In addition, many of the inscriptions have English translations. The Museo Lapidario Maffeiano is open from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday. Free admission is offered the first Sunday of each month. Other attractions near the library include the Verona Arena, the Museo Civico di Castelvecchio, and the Via Mazzini.
Galleria Dello Scudo

3) Galleria Dello Scudo

Galleria dello Scudo, for several years, has displayed modern and contemporary art. To this day, the famous gallery continues to present the most important and famous works of Italian artists. The amazing efforts of Galleria Dello Scudo is presented in the gallery, and provides a clear example as to why it's one of the most popular galleries in all of Italy. Operation Hours: Monday -Saturday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm; 3.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
Ristorante Greppia

4) Ristorante Greppia

A classic Italian restaurant, Greppia, is one of the symbols of the Veronese cuisine that offers an intense experience of taste. It has a romantic history which is evident in its decor and ambiance. Style and elegance are features furnishing, that blends antique and modern elements, and of the cuisine, that follows tradition with in a new and creative way. The Greppia Restaurant offers a typical mediterranean menu of meat and fish and a wine list with an ample choice of Italian products.
Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo

5) Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo

The Museo Miniscalchi-Erizzo museum is located in a fifteenth century palace on the Via San Mammaso. The 15 room building contains furnishings, bronze, glassware, ceramics, coins, weapons, armor, and artwork from the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries and the Etruscan and Roman periods.

Visitors will enjoy the library, chapel, paintings, and antique furniture that belonged to the Miniscalchi clan, an important Veronese family. Other treats you will enjoy are a wooden ceiling from the fifteenth century, a racing sled from the 1200s, and paintings and busts located along the Great Staircase.

Along with preserving the museum’s works and loaning materials to other organizations, the gallery also conducts guided tours for students and visitors. In addition, exhibitions are conducted on a regular basis.

Some of the more memorable works presented at exhibitions include the Treasures of the Italian Artistic Foundations, the American Pop Art the Sixties, the Hebrew Antiques from the Verona Synagogue, the Historical Glassware by Ercole Barovier, the Ancient Art Fabrics, and Giorgio Morandi Fifty Works of the Magnani Rocca Foundation. The museum is open 11 am to 1 pm and 3:30 pm to 7 pm on Monday through Friday.

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