San Pietro Castle

Verona, Italy

Verona was founded to the site of current Castel San Pietro. This green hill, crowned by cypresses, is home to the remains of the first settlements dating back to the 7th century B.C. From this magnificent vantage-point you can enjoy the view of the whole city spreading out, with its network of Roman Roads, its walls, tall towers and steeples and, if your eyesight is good, you can even make out part of the Arena and the Ponte Scaligero. The current castle was built in 1393, commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti.

At the foot of the hill flows the river Adige, and, on the site of the first ford (used for centuries) the suggestive Ponte Pietra (roman Stone Bridge). At the top of the hill stands the Austrian Fortress erected in the 19th century and which can be reached by a stair-way near the Roman Theatre. He pre-existing castle, on which the fortress rests and from which it takes its name, was erected towards the end oh the 14th century, during the first reign of the Visconti. Napoleon’s troops in 1801, and later the Austrians demolished much of this medieval structure.

The palace is not open to the public.

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Founded: 1393
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.tourism.verona.it

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Welsh Lad (11 months ago)
The best place to visit to see Verona from above. Two ways of reaching here are a short steep walk or a €1 ride on the Funicular. The views are stunning here
Tobias Gehrke (11 months ago)
Best views from the top which should not be missed
André Gemeinhardt (12 months ago)
Great spot for a nice view of Verona. Free parking on the top. It was easy to find a spot, but that might not always be the case
Noud Frenken (12 months ago)
Great views of the city from up here. Castle itself was sadly not accessible as it seems to be undergoing major renovations. It's not a very long walk up from the centre but if you're not about that there is also a very nice funicular up the hill.
Marie Cordes (12 months ago)
Absolutely incredible view! Super romantic at sunset! Very clean and great for pictures or a small picnic on the wall or benches You can walk up to the castle but there is also a cable car which takes you up in a couple of minutes for 1€.
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