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Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

Piazza delle Erbe and Torre dei Lamberti, Verona

At the centre of Verona lies the Piazza delle Erbe. This long rectangular square has enjoyed continuous use as a market for 2000 years. Trade in Northern Italy was important for the authority of small city-states.

Verona is still very much shaped by the original Roman settlement. Streets in the city centre follow a grid plan, taking into account Roman monuments. The Amphitheatre is easily the largest building in Verona. The Piazza delle Erbe stands on the old forum site. A market column (capitetto), was used for proclamations during the Middle Ages. A fountain is dedicated to the Verona Madonna. Less than five minutes walk from the Piazza, the Casa Giulietta attracts tourists interested in the world-famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
The Piazza is dominated by the Palazzo della Ragione (12th century) and the Torre dei Lamberti above. The tower reaches a height of 84 metres, with an octagonal upper storey.
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