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"Tombs of the Scaligeri" Scaliger Tombs - Arche Scaligere Tip by Willettsworld


Just down from Piazza dei Signori lie a profusion of bizarre looking tombs of the one-time rulers of Verona - the Sacligeri. Over the entrance of the small Romanesque church of Santa Maria Antica, is the impressive tomb of Cangrande I (died 1329), surmounted by an equestrian statue of the ruler, a copy of the original which is now in Castelvecchio.

The other Scaligeri tombs are next to the church, behind a wrought-iron fence which incorporates the ladder emblem of the families original name (della Scala, meaning "of the steps"). Towering above the fance are the tombs of Mastino II (died 1351) and Cansignorio (died 1375), splendidly decorated with a profusion of tiny Gothic spires. Other family members lie within a series of plainer tombs which stand nearer the church.

Address: Via Arche Scaligere, 37121 Verona

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  • Written Sep 15, 2005
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