Verona XX centuries ago…
The route of “roman Verona” includes the most significant points of the ancient Verona which became roman municipality in 49 B.C. We begin our walking tour in Piazza Bra (wide) dominated by the best kept amphitheatre of the world: the Arena I A.D. The building it’s a clear sign of the importance of ancient Verona, as it could hold more than 30,000 spectators. Today, in summer time, it’s the seat of a lyric season opera.
The Roman Verona includes the Porta Leoni Gate wich led into the cardo massimo, as well the Porta Borsari Gate which led into the decumano Massimo. The two street ended up in the Forum the presentday Piazza Erbe, the center of civilian economic and religious life. The colorful fruit and vegetable market has stood here for more than two thousand years, surrounded by late medieval frescoed buildings. The whole area around Piazza Erbe, standing 4 metres higher than the roman level, is a wealth of remains of roman pavemant, all easily seen in the nearby courtyards and squares.
Crossing the river by the roman bridge known as Ponte Pietra, you will be taken to the Roman Theatre: archeological researches and restauration works, started in the XVIII century, have brought to light one of the most interesting archeological area of the very early Imperial period.