Located in the historic centre of Verona, and next to the welcoming medieval gates of I Portoni della Brà, sits the majestic Renaissance Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia. The Gran Guardia Palace is one of Verona’s most important historic buildings. It had been used for various military purposes over the centuries. However, today it is home to exhibitions and cultural events.
Located at 45 ° 26 ′ 17 ″ N , 10 ° 59 ′ 32 ″ E on the south-side of Piazza Brà, you can’t miss it!
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An overview of Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia
This monumental building was designed by architect Domenico Curtoni and construction began in 1610. It’s intended use was for military purposes. To this end a large porch was included in the design where military troops could be reviewed during inclement weather.
However, the work was suspended for a very long time due to economic constraints that Verona municipality had to endure. Work resumed in 1820, under the then architect, Giuseppe Barbieri. The building was completed in 1853. The palace also served as temporary housing for the Austrian military during Italy’s first struggle for independence in 1848.
The impressive Gran Guardia Palace is arranged over two-floors and an attic. The length of the building is eighty-six meters.
If you would like to include the Gran Guardia Palace in your itinerary, here’s what to expect when you visit:
Info: Giuseppe Barbieri was also the architect for Verona’s Town Hall building which is aptly named in honour of him, Palazzo Barbieri. Palazzo Barbieri sits alongside the Verona Arena on the eastern side of Piazza Brà.
The architecture of Gran Guardia Palace | What to see in Gran Guardia Palace
Officially classified as Renaissance, the facade of this impressive building showcases a combination of two different historical periods namely Baroque and Neoclassical.
The ground floor consists of thirteen majestic arches in sturdy rusticated ashlar masonry. Each arch is a diameter of three-and-half meters. These arches mirror those of the Roman amphitheatre.
Over the floors of this beautiful Renaissance building are large rectangular windows separated by paired Doric half-columns. These offer simple openings of modest size.
The stone stairway leads to the broad and grand porch of the attic. Supported by twelve pillars with full centre arches there are five grand arched windows here – sort of a crown placed on this majestic building.
Palazzo della Gran Guardia is home to prestigious exhibitions. It is open to the public only for exhibitions or other events like art shows and Vinitaly, Verona’s wine conference. The exhibitions and art shows are arranged on various floors. The rooms have varying capacities
Practical Information on Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia and immediate surrounds
Although the Gran Guardia does not hold scheduled visiting hours, its full calendar of events means it is open to the public almost daily throughout the year.
Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
|Tuesday (Republic Day)||9:30 am – 8:30 pm; Hours might differ|
|Wednesday||9:30 am – 8:30 pm|
|Thursday||9:30 am – 8:30 pm|
|Friday||9:30 am – 10:30 pm|
|Saturday||9:30 am – 8:30 pm|
|Sunday||9:30 am – 8:30 pm|
|Monday||9:30 am – 8:30 pm|
Phone: +39 045 803 3400
Basic information on Piazza Brà when visiting Gran Guardia Palace
Piazza Brà is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the world! The heart of the city of Verona and a public square, it is open twenty-fours a day. A complete pedestrianised area, it’s a safe place to stroll with young children without concerns for traffic. The square is lined with bustling cafés and restaurants, and is a good place to stop for a meal or snack.
Learn more on Piazza Brà from this page which has all the information you need for your visit.
How to get to Piazza Brà
The Piazza is in the city’s historic center, a short walk from the main train station.
Places to stay in Verona near Piazza Brà
Ways to experience Verona
The best way to explore and discover Verona, also popularly known as the City of Love is to join a couple of guided tours. The guided walking tours or the bike tours will cover the highlights of the City of Verona – Arena, Piazza Bra, Casa di Giulietta, Gran Guardia Palace, and so much more.
If you want to take a break from the norms of sightseeing monuments (nothing wrong in this, Verona’s buildings and architecture are absolutely stunning) and experience something different, I highly recommend going on a Wine Tasting tour as the Veneto region is famous for its Amarone, Recioto, Soave, Prosecco, Valpolicella and Bardolino.
In addition, if you have a passion for Italian food, learn to prepare a delicious vegetarian 3-course meal according to the Italian (and Mediterranean) tradition.
Here are some carefully selected suggestions for you:
Verona City Tours:
Pro tip: Exploring Verona on foot with a tour guide requires a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Food & Wine Tours:
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