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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Trinidad Gelos (18 months ago)
Beautiful views! Excellent to go sightseeing and to do a little bit of exercise because there are almost 300 steps to climb up.
Cuong Huynh (2 years ago)
Nice views. Climb is not too bad. Just take the steps all the way up from the main road.
Klara Ljubi (2 years ago)
Nice view on the city! Especially on a sunny day. Not too much to walk and also there are two routes going uphill.
Anil Daji (2 years ago)
Well worth the trek up the steps. I can imagine if it was sunny and clear the view would be even more amazing. Definitely would recommend
Zoltán Tóth-Pördi (2 years ago)
Nice place with great views to the city. It was hard for me to find the way to the top, due to the lack of signs there, but google maps helped. There is a kind of cable car on the side of the hill to reach the top easily. Unfortunately I did not recognize this in time. There is nothing, but the view worths the pain in my leg next day.
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