Castel San Pietro

Castel San Pietro
Castel San Pietro

From the stairs of the San Pietro hill you can admire the most beautiful views of Verona.

This hill has always offered full views of the valley and its river, and, being strategically located, it was one of the first settlements.

In the first century BC, a Roman temple was built here, along with a fort protecting the city from its Ponte Pietra. Later, King Theodoric and, above all, Berengarius I built a castle here used as a dwelling during the period of barbarian invasions. In 1380, Giangaleazzo Visconti built a new castle on the ruins of the first castle, while in 1450 it was incorporated into the medieval walls. However, in 1801, when the French were forced to leave Verona, they blew up the castle. The current fortress was designed by Petrasch, during the Austrian domination of 1852. The romantic medieval architecture characterised by crenellations was not preserved, and the result was a neo-Romanesque  barracks similar to Francesco Giuseppe arsenal.

In 1932 it became the property of the City of Verona, and is now being refurbished to be used as a museum.

Piazzale Castel S. Pietro
37129 Verona (VR)
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