Just off the beautiful bustling square of Piazza delle Erbe in the romantic city of Verona is Torre dei Lamberti or simply the Lamberti Tower. It is a remarkable medieval clock tower and an important piece of architecture in Verona’s urban structure. At 84 metres high, the Torre dei Lamberti is the tallest tower in the UNESCO listed City of Verona, giving visitors 360-degree panoramic view of the beautiful city. Views that should not be missed when visiting this beautiful city.
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Torre dei Lamberti – a brief history
Although the Lamberti Tower is 84 metres high today, it wasn’t always at this height. During its 800 year old history, the structure had gone through many architectural changes.
The Lamberti family, powerful nobles in the 12th century were instrumental for the construction of this monument which began in 1172. The architecture is typical of the era, Romanesque in brick and alternating with tuff. This is still visible in the lower part of the tower.
At the time it was constructed, the tower was merely 37 metres high. It was integrated into the Palazzo del Consiglio and equipped with two bells. The bells, Rengo and Marangona were installed in 1295. The tower then inherited a new name, “Torre delle Campane.”
However, lightning struck the top of the tower in 1403 which subsequently led to a long restoration period which began in 1448 and ending 16 years later. A significant addition to the tower during this construction was the octagonal bell chamber in brick and white marble that can be seen today. With a height of 84 metres, the Torre dei Lamberti did not have a clock then. A clock was added in 1779, only to replace the non-working clock of nearby Torre Gardello.
The working clock at Torre dei Lamberti, Verona
The Tower is open to public since 1972.
What to experience at the Torre dei Lamberti
Given its heritage and location in a centre that was once a Roman forum, the Lamberti Tower is a popular attraction and a visit is highly recommended. You could easily skip the line and visit the Tower at your leisure.
A visit could be either during the day or in the evening.
During the day, the Tower is a historic monument attracting visitors to its unique position of overlooking the historic city of Verona. In the evening it becomes a magical place reserved for businesses who want an exclusive and unique experience to enjoy the sunset over snacks and bubbles.
A day visit to the Lamberti Tower
The Tower is open to the public everyday except December 25th. A visit during the day and you will experience one of the most beautiful sea of terracotta roofs. A jumble of colours from pale terracotta to a deeper reddish-brown, with views of Piazza delle Erbe, churches and houses. Simply spectacular.
View from Torre dei Lamberti
Besides the sweeping views of the city, there is the 13th century bells in the belfry.
The historical bells at Torre del Lamberti
The Rengo which is the largest bell, was used to call the Arrengo (city council) and the army during emergencies. The current bell replaced the original bell in 1557.
The Marangona sounded during fires and at the start and end of the work day. It was originally cast in 1272 and replaced in 1557. The current bell replaced the original in 1833.
Pro tip: Visit the Lamberti Tower in the evening for a magical experience of the sunset over the historic City’s skyline.
How to access the terraces of Torre dei Lamberti
To access the terraces and the belfry, you can either take the stairs, 368 steps or the lift. Taking the lift is convenient. It is transparent, giving you an opportunity to admire the architecture as you ascend.
View of the Lamberti Tower in the evening/at night
In the evening, the Lamberti Tower is lit up and it seems almost extraordinarily beautiful against the dark skies.
Torre dei Lamberti at night. Piazza delle Erbe, Verona
When visiting the Lamberti Tower, and afterwards or before, go over next door to Palazzo della Ragione.
Palazzo della Ragione
Palazzo della Ragione is a spectacular building with a large courtyard in the centre. Built in the 12th century, the palace was once a public building, home to the City Hall, housing offices of the Magistrates’ Court and Court of Assize. It is located in the southeast corner of the ancient Roman forum, between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori.
Stairs of Reason, Palazzo della Ragione, Verona
One of the main features of the Palazzo is the “Stairs of Reason” (Scala della Ragione). These stairs, Gothic in architecture is said to have led to the law courts which were once within the building.
The large courtyard, Old Market Courtyard (Cortile del Mercato Vecchio) is an old market square that dates back to the 15th century.
Presently, the Palazzo della Ragione is home to the Museum of Modern Art (Galleria d’arte moderna Achille Forti). The museum features modern works of art from the collection of Achille Forti & other major patrons.
Note: The Modern Art Gallery is closed on Mondays
Practical information on Torre dei Lamberti
Location and Contact:
Via della Costa, 2
37121 Verona VR
Tel +39 045 927 3027
MON – FRI
10.00 am – 6.00 pm
SAT – SUN
11.00 am – 7.00 pm
11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Full priced tickets are €8.00 and includes admission to the Modern Art Gallery.
On Mondays, tickets are reduced to €5.00
If you have a Verona Card, entry to Torrei dei Lamberti is free but access is via stairs only. You can pay €1.00 if you want to use the lift.
Skip the line tickets are not that much more and comes with access to the Modern Art Gallery. It is valid for one day.
My final say…
A visit to the Tower of Lamberti is highly recommended because of the panoramic views that it affords a visitor. Moreover, in the evenings, the sight is almost magical as you see the sun setting over the city’s skyline.
When visiting Verona, you may be considering a stay for a few days and looking for suggestions. Take a look at this page for a selection of the top seven hotels which offers unique features for its visitors. In addition, if you are wondering how to get around Verona, I have you covered as well – go here for a detail and comprehensive guide to getting around Verona.
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