Castelvecchio means “Old Castle”. It is a castle in Verona, northern Italy. This impressive castle, with a fair share of history, is located on the banks of the Adige River. It consists of four main buildings and seven towers, and used to be surrounded by a ditch. The ditch is now dry, but was was once filled with waters from the nearby Adige. Lord Cangrande II built the castle for defensive purposes between 1354 and 1376, but it is now a museum.
The castle is connected to a fortified bridge across the River Adige – called the Ponte Scaligero Bridge. The bridge is a fabulous red colour and you can walk along it. It was completely destroyed during WW2 in 1945 and reconstructed in 1951. Apparently, this bridge was built as an escape route for the della Scala family if they ever had to flee their home. It even slopes downhill so they could run down it faster.
After a morning of strolling through little Italian streets, sightseeing, and multiple rounds of gelato, we made our way to Castelvecchio. This is one of Verona’s top sights, and definitely worth checking out. There were a couple of musicians sitting on the Ponte Scaligero Bridge – as we walked, we were met my different songs. The perfect way to make any scene more charming!
Eli really enjoyed looking walking along the wall, and looking through the narrowing holes in it. Thankfully, he couldn’t fit out th either side of them, but it was still a little unnerving that he wanted to crawl into them. This little guy of ours love little spaces… the small, the better!