Palazzo Maffei is a historical palace that has existed in the current location in Piazza delle Erbe since the 15th century. Among the best known of the ancient Veronese aristocracy, the palace stands elegantly on what was the capitolium of Verona, the main temple of the Roman city founded here in the first century. The building was expanded and built upon with all works completed in the 17th century, more precisely in 1668. The Maffei building has three floors and a rich baroque exterior. Adorned with statues of Greek gods, from the left: Herculese, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Apollo and Minerva. The richness of the exterior makes it one of the prettiest buildings in the bustling market square.
Palazzo Maffei today
Once a palace and a private residence, the Palazzo Maffei these days is home to a museum showcasing art collections over five centuries. The building has undergone a complete restoration of one of the most spectacular buildings of its time. Beyond its doors, a story unfolds, an adventure of art begins, a passion is told offering art lovers a journey from ancient to modern.
There are more than three hundred fifty works of art, including two hundred paintings. The museum is also home to sculptures, drawings and important period furniture, antique glass and Renaissance ceramics. Rare pieces of oriental art found here also.
To view this magnificent collection and to include a visit to Palazzo Maffei in your Verona itinerary, below are some useful information to support your planning:
Location & Contact
Piazza Erbe 38-38A,
Tel. +39 045 2456959
Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 19:00
Besides the museum at Palazzo Maffei, visitors could treat themselves to an elegant dinner and wine tasting occasion in the cellars of the Roman ruins at the Maffei Restaurant.
Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei
Tucked away from the main square, almost hidden if you are not aware of it is the Maffei Restaurant. Lookout for the arch that leads to the restaurant near to St Mark’s column on the square.
The menu served at the Maffei Restaurant is an exquisite selection of mouthwatering dishes and desserts. The seafodd, fish, pappardelle, lamb chops and the Veneto region’s speciality, risotto Amarone are usually the favourites of them all. The truffle risotto is amazing as well.
Maffei caters for special diets also and offers Vegetarian, Vegan along with Gluten free options.
Being on the Michelin Guide since 1990, and together with its historic roots, the Maffei Restaurant is a popular destination. It is available for special occasions such as weddings, engagements, and birthday parties. For Romeo and Juliet fans, the Restaurant offers specially curated dinner settings as well.
If you are planning on a dinner at Ristorante Maffei, it is highly recommend that you prebook your day and time to avoid disappointment.
Wine cellar at the Maffei Restaurant, Verona
For wine connoisseurs, you wouldn’t want to miss the cellar at the Maffei Restaurant! A cellar immersed in the ancient ruins of the Roman capitolium of Verona is available for wine tasting experience. The cellar at the Maffei Restaurant is said to be the most well-stocked in Italy.
To book a table for a memorable evening at the restaurant or to visit the cellar for exclusive wine tasting experience, the following are all the information you need.
Address & Location
Piazza Erbe, 38
37121 Verona (VR)
Tel. +39 045 8010015
Fax. +39 045 8005124
From 19.00 to 22.30
Open every day
Saturday and Sunday
From 12.00 to 14.30
From 19.00 to 22.30
£27 – £50
Practical information when visiting Palazzo Maffei, Verona
1 | Getting to Palazzo Maffei, Verona
Palazzo Maffei is located at Piazza delle Erbe. This article has all the information you need on how to Get around Verona – either public transport or by foot. The article includes a walking guide also. You can easily navigate in this compact city and usually, public transport is not necessary. However, feel free to jump onboard their ATV which is free if you buy the Verona Card.
2 | Places to stay in Verona
These are three carefully selected hotels which you may wish to consider:
3 | Activities to do in Verona
For activities to do in Verona, the following suggestions are popular amongst tourists. You may wish to consider them also for your itinerary.
I sincerely hope that the above has given you a flavour of what to expect should you choose to visit the Palazzo Maffei at Piazza delle Erbe, Verona. Do let me know in comments below if this post is valuable to you in planning your visit to the Palazzo. I would love to hear from you and know your thoughts. Scroll all the way down for more ideas and inspiring travel stories. Subscribe to join us at My Timeless Footsteps to receive all the latest news and events. As always, I am contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further info or to design your itinerary for you.
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