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Favorite thing: The Scaliger period of Verona is one of great political influence, economic power and territorial expansion, it was the golden age of Verona.
During medieval times the fight for dominance of Verona between leading families of the area ended with the della Scala (Scaligeri) family taking control in 1277 and maintaining rule for the next 110 years. The Scaligeri transformed the city with erection of countless magnificent buildings, but also culturaly through a strong patronage of the arts. They supported painters and poets, such as Giotto, Altichiero, Dante Alighieri and Petrarca.
Cangrande I della Scala was agreat warrior and he brought under his control the cities of Vicenza, Padova and Treviso. Mastino II continued the policy conquering Brescia, Parma and Lucca. After the King of France he was the richiest prince of his time. In 1337 the powerful league was formed against Mastino II, led by the Visconti, Este and The Gonzaga. After three years war the Scaligeri dominions were reduced to Verona and Vicenza. Cansignorio ruled the longest period of time (1359-1375) beautified Verona with palaces, provided it with aqueducts and bridges and founded the state treasury. Gian Galeazzo Visconti of Milan made war on Cansignorio. Having exhausted all his resources, Cansignorio fled from Verona during night of October 19th 1387, thus putting an end to the Scaligeri domination of Verona.
Castelvecchio is a monument which could be considered the quintessential Italian castle.
Fondest memory: Castelvecchio or Castello Scaligero is a huge and well preserved castle right in the heart of old city centre.
On this picture is the inside look of the Ponte Scaligero, the three arched bridge - an engineering wonder. To see more about the Castle check my Castelvecchio traveloque.
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