Palazzo della Ragione

You can see the palace from the main squares of the centre: Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, at the foundation of Lamberti Tower.

You can’t miss the “Scala della Ragione” (Reason Stairs): this great gothic stair-case was originally covered. Its name is derived from the fact that it held up to law-courts situated here two centuries ago. It now graces the so called Cortile del Mercato Vecchio or old market square and it dates back to the 15th century.

Like the others palaces of that square, during the centuries the Palazzo della Ragione has been the centre of political power of Verona.

In the external part, the beautiful exemple of Romanesque architecture, with alternation of stone and bricks. Inside, this palace hides a jewel of frescos: the so called “Cappella dei Notai”, where there are works of the veronese artists Alessandro Marchesini, Giambattista Bellotti, Santo Prunati and of the French Louis Dorigny.

From April 2014 Palazzo della Ragione hosts the important collections of the Achille Forti Gallery of Modern Art, which, together with the Fondazione Cariverona and Fondazione Domus collections, will be seen by the public for the first time.
The unification of these surprising collections will for the first time allow the public to see some extraordinary works, dating from 1840 to 1940, that recount the history of Verona, its collections, and their relationship with the city.

Among these works are Meditazione by Francesco Hayez, and paintings by Giovanni Fattori, Angelo Morbelli, Felice Casorati, Guido Trentini, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Gino Rossi, Filippo de Pisis, Giorgio Morandi, as well as sculptures by Medardo Rosso, and Arturo Martini.