Arco dei Gavi, Verona

in Verona

Arco Dei Gavi
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The Arco dei Gavi is an ancient structure in Verona, northern Italy. It was built by the gens Gavia, a noble Roman family who had their hometown in Verona, at the beginning of the Via Postumia, the Roman road leading to the city. In the Middle Ages, during the communal age of Verona, the city’s council used it as an entrance gate when it was decided to surround Verona with a line of walls.

During the period of Napoleonic rule in Italy French engineers demolished it. Its ruins were moved to a square and then to the Arena. Using some of the original stones, a proposed reconstruction of the arch was completed in 1932. This reconstruction was based on a wooden model made prior to demolition, and proposed reconstructions drawn up as early as the 16th century by Andrea Palladio. These models underscore the reverence held for even trivial examples of monumental Roman architecture. The Arch was reconstructed under Mussolini, exhorting Italy to identify with its Roman past. The arch was rebuilt next to Castelvecchio, not far from its original location.

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Visiting Arco dei Gavi, Verona


24 hours



Address: Arco dei Gavi, Corso Cavour, Verona, VR, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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