squares have always been one of the centers of attraction for tourists.
The Piazza delle Erbe is no different. In fact, just like many other
sites in Verona, the Piazza delle Erbe is one of the most historical
and picturesque city squares in the whole country.
between the Via Mazzini and the Corso Porta Borsari, the Piazza
delle Erbe stands where the ancient Roman forum was once located.
Once a place where chariot races were held, it is now the site for
the local market. Piazza delle Erbe is literally translated as the
Square of Herbs. As the name implies, you can find all sorts of
herbs in the marketplace. Perhaps the first thing that will strike
you as you walk into the square is the overpowering aroma of different
herbs and spices. Nowadays, herbs are not the only things of value
you can buy in the market. Anything from clothes, refreshments,
and souvenir items are sold in the numerous stalls scattered around
the market square.
Numerous building can be found in the square,
as well. All of them are beautiful and full of historical significance.
Towering high above the square is the Tower Lamberti. At 83 meters
high, it is given the distinction of being the tallest tower in
Verona. At the top of the tower is an octagon shaped structure which
holds the Rengo and Marangona bells. Both of these bells date back
As the center of administration, the square also
holds the municipal hall, known as the Palazzo Commune. It was built
in the middle ages but was given a new façade in the 19th
century. The Palazzo Commune now sports a neoclassical frontage.
In 1301, Alberto I della Scalla built the Domus
Mercatorum. Originally a Romanesque structure, it was restored and
renovated in the 19th century. Now it is home to the Chamber of
You can also see the Torre Gardello, which was built in 1370 but
was not finished till 1626. Construction of this tower is attributed
to Cansignorio Sella. Not far from the Torre Gardello is the Cassa
Mazzanati. Art lovers will be sure to appreciate the Cavalli frescoes
dating back to the 16th century. Other interesting structures are
the Domus Nova, and the tabernacle, which was built in the 15th
Not everything in the square is Romanesque. There
is the Palazzo Mafei, which is actually a Baroque structure. At
the top of the building are five beautiful sculptures of the old
gods — Jupiter, Venus, Apollo, Hercules, and Minerva. Today,
you can find assistance within the building through the tourism
The highlight of this square is the Madonna Verona Fountain, which
was created by Cansignorio. This 14th century Roman statue is also
known as The Virgin of Verona. No visitor should pass out the chance
of seeing this fountain, which is located in the middle of the square.
Between Via Mazzini and Corso Porta Borsari, Verona, Italy
Cost of Entry: Free
Produce and flower market 8.00am-7.00pm Mon-Sat