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Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere) Tours

Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere)
Commemorating the influential Della Scala family, the Scaliger tombs are a series of five Gothic funerary monuments found outside the Santa Maria Antica church in Verona. Dating back to the 14th century, the monuments are famous for their elaborate decoration.  

The Basics
In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Scaliger family (also known as Della Scala) ruled the city and wielded a great amount of power. Here, the first tomb built—attached to the exterior church wall—belongs to Cangrande I, the most famous of the family dynasty and the protector of the poet Dante. A statue in his likeness on horseback, decorated with harnessed dogs, fronts his tomb (cangrande means “big dog” in Italian). 

Other tombs memorialize Mastino II, watched over by a pair of angels, and Cansignorio, whose tomb is the most ornate, with sculptures of warrior saints. The last two tombs stand in memory of Alberto II—simple without a canopy—and Giovanni, whose tomb is also built into the church wall.  

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • You can view the Scaliger tombs for free from behind the ironwork fence, or you can pay the entrance fee to see the monuments up close. 
  • Purchase a Verona Card for free entrance to the tombs.
  • Join a guided walking tour to find out more about the Scaliger family.

How to Get There 
The Scaliger tombs are housed in the courtyard of Santa Maria Antica church in central Verona. They’re easily walkable from other areas the city, and they’re accessible by local bus. Walking tours often combine a trip to the tombs with other memorable sights around the city. 

When to Get There 
The church and courtyard at Santa Maria Antica are open daily. You can pay to enter the courtyard during the daytime, but the tombs are also worth visiting at night—even if you only view them from behind the ornate fence—when floodlights casting long shadows create a spooky atmosphere.

The Santa Maria Antica church 
While you’re visiting the tombs, make time to step inside Santa Maria Antica church, which was built in the 7th century AD and went on to serve as the private chapel to the Scaliger family. With striped walls of tufa and brick, the building is a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture. 
Address: Via Arche Scaligere, Verona 37121, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Verona Food & Wine Walking Tour

Verona Food & Wine Walking Tour

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Get a taste of Verona’s culinary culture on a food and walking tour. Led by a guide, pair a typical pastry with Italian espresso; taste local products such Soppressa, a typical salami, paired with Monte Veronese cheese; or sip on Valpolicella wines, including the great Amarone. As you taste, explore the city’s rich history and architecture, passing the Roman Arena and other top landmarks. Numbers are limited to 12 to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Tailor-made experience targeting all those people who want to make the most of their time in the city and therefore prefer to be guided by a local professional whose preparation, experience and passion can definitely guarantee the highest achievement.
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Walking tour of the historic center of Verona after sunset

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Dark Historical Verona Walking Tour

Dark Historical Verona Walking Tour

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Verona is best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, but it also has a complex history on par with any Italian city. This tour offers a unique way to learn about the darker sides of Verona’s past while taking a guided walk through its historic center. The goal is to make visitors step back in time and learn about the notorious murders, torture stories, family tombs, and beheaded skeletons of one of the world’s most romantic towns.
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Private Romeo and Juliet Walking Tour of Verona

Private Romeo and Juliet Walking Tour of Verona

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As the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of Italy’s most romantic cities, but taking in the sights with dozens of other tourists can detract from the experience. This private 2.5-hour walking tour offers a more intimate experience, so you can enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as you visit Juliet’s Balcony, Romeo’s House, the Basilica St. Anastasia, Piazza dei Signori, and more.
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