Piazza della Signoria
Square in Verona
Piazza dei Signori , also known as Piazza Dante , is a square located in the historic center of Verona , adjacent to Piazza delle Erbe. The square was born in the Middle Ages from the development of the Scaliger palaces , and from the very beginning assumed political, administrative and representative functions. The square is framed by some monumental buildings, connected to each other by arches and loggias .
In the middle of the piazza is a famous statue of Dante, who was given refuge in Verona after he was exiled from Florence in 1302.
The impressive 14th-century Palazzo Vecchio is still preeminent with its crenellated tower. The square is also shared with the Loggia della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Palace of the Tribunale della Mercanzia (1359) (now the Bureau of Agriculture), and the Palazzo Uguccioni (1550, with a facade attributed to Raphael, who however died thirty years before its construction). Located in front of the Palazzo Vecchio is the Palace of the Assicurazioni Generali (1871, built in Renaissance style).
Visiting Piazza della Signoria