Piazza delle Erbe, Verona│Also known as “Market’s Square”, this area in Verona, northern Italy, was once the town’s forum during the time of the Roman Empire. After a morning spent wandering through the streets of Verona, Justin led us here to have a look through some of the stalls. Many of them were selling regular souvenirs – which we aren’t too big on – but we like to look anyway. Each day a market is set up in the center of this bustling square in the heart of Verona. Outdoor chairs and tables of restaurants and cafes line the sides of the square. This is a perfect place to sit and drink traditional Italian espresso, and nibble on some crunchy bruschetta – all while admiring the diverse mix of buildings that surrounds this central square. Many of the streets that cross Verona lead to this square. As one of Verona’s main entertainment areas, there’s no shortage of authentic local restaurants.
On the northern side of the square is the ancient town hall, the Torre dei Lamberti, the Casa dei Giudici (“Judges’ Hall”) and the frescoed Mazzanti Houses. The western side, the shortest one, features the Baroque Palazzo Maffei, decorated by statues of Greek gods. It is faced by a white marble column, on which is St. Mark’s Lion, symbol of the Republic of Venice. In the middle of the square stands the cascading Fontana dei Madonna Verona, the centerpiece of Piazza delle Erbe.
Above, Northern part of the square, with Palazzo Maffei and St. Mark’s Lion on a white marble column.
Below, The centerpiece of Piazza delle Erbe, Fontana dei Madonna Verona.
Nothing better than a delicious gelato-filled cone as you walk around Piazza delle Erbe.
The piazza is located in the heart of Verona and can be reached on foot from most central locations. Buses, taxis and interstate trains also stop nearby. Some street parking can be found in the area, but that option can get expensive, so we took a public bus since we were not staying too far away. The square is open daily and is free of charge.