Castelvecchio or "Old Castle" is one of the first landmarks we saw on our first visit to Verona. It was the most important military construction during the rule of the Scaligers. It was once surrounded by a ditch which is now dry. The waters that once filled the ditch came from the nearby Adige River, the second longest liver in Italy (next to Po River). Lord Cangrande II della Scala had the castle built along with the bridge which allowed escape during any event of rebellion or coup d' etat.
The castle is home to the Castelvecchio Museum which holds a collection of paintings, sculpture, statues, and ancient weapons among many others. Between 1959 and 1973, the look of the repository was enhanced through the restoration efforts of the architect Carlo Scarpa, whose style is very evident in the details of fixtures and furnishings of the museum.
Below are photos of the castle's inside viewed from the museum's entrance:
A majestic view of the bridge:
|Castelvecchio Bridge (Ponte di Castelvecchio a. k. a. Scaliger Bridge). It's arch was the world's |
largest (48.7 m) at the time of its construction
The castle is open to public except for the Museum which requires an admission fee of 6 Euros. People can freely cross the 120-meter bridge and enjoy the view of the Adige River as well.
|The narrow passage that leads to Castelvecchio Bridge|
|The Adige River as seen from one of the bridge's "windows"|
|The other end of the bridge. Here you can see the back of the castle|
|An aerial view of Castelvecchio and its bridge adorns the Castelvecchio Museum's admission ticket (6 Euros).|
(Note: Bags should be left in the lockers provided. Flash is not allowed when taking photos.)
|The equestrian statue of Cangrande I della Scala which came from the complex of the Arche Scaligere or Scaliger Tombs.|
Below are some stuffs you can see inside the Castelvecchio Museum:
Souvenirs and books can be bought beside the ticketing area.