Piazza dei Signori

The square was built in the medieval ages due to the development of the Palaces of the Scala family. Known as the Dante square this place is admirable above all for its framework, made up of arches and loggias.

Together with Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra it is one of the most important places, from both the historical and artistic point of view.

The public buildings were erected all around, first of which, the Council building, the Council loggia, and the Scala family buildings. In this square all the places and buildings of power were concentrated, hence the name of the square.

Dante's statue dominates the center of the square in memory of the seven years in which he lived in the city, and from which he drew the cues for his works. Dante wrote part of the Divine Comedy during his stay in Verona and it is presumed that during this period, the tragic story of Juliet and Romeo came about, and many interpret his tercet as an undeniable proof that the legend is most probably based on a true story:

Come and behold Montecchi and Cappelletti
Monaldi and Filippeschi,
these already sad, and those doubt-depressed
(Purgatory VI, verses.106-108)

The sadness Dante attributes to the Montecchi and Cappelletti (or Capuleti) induces us to think that it originated from the feud between rival families, that is, between the Guelfi and the Ghibellini.
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