|August 7th 2022
|At what time
|What to bring
|Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water
• Small group, maximum 10 participants.
• Suitable to everyone, adults and children.
• It also takes place in case of rain.
• Some of the underground archaeological sites are underneath private buildings. Sites will be selected according to availability and may vary depending on day and time.
• Most underground sites are not accessible to people with physical disabilities.
• Not suitable for claustrophobics.
Where you least expect it, under banks, shops, restaurants, squares and churches, you will find ancient traces of a lost world. Our guides will accompany you on an exciting journey. You will feel the emotion of walking on the pavement on which chariots ran 21 centuries ago, on the stone slabs where the market was held in Caesar’s time. You will touch the columns of the temple where the ancient Veronese prayed to their gods, and imagine the banquets that took place in the large rooms of patrician families’ domus richly decorated with mosaics.
The Underground Sites
During the itinerary you will visit many underground sites. Some are freely accessible, under commercial activities normally open to the public. For others it is necessary to make arrangements with the property according to its needs and availability. For others it is necessary to follow long bureaucratic procedures to get the chance to see them. Among the most interesting sites are:
- The Forum. The square in the centre of every Roman city, the heart of public, social, religious and economic life. Today Piazza delle Erbe corresponds in large part to the surface of the ancient forum. In several places, under restaurants, bars, palaces, you can see the remains of the cobblestones of the ancient forum, and the palaces that stood there: curia, basilica, capitolium.
- Capitolium. The imposing temple of Roman Verona, dedicated to Jupiter, Juno, Minerva. With its size was one side of the forum. The remains of the base and the cryptoporticus (underground corridor) of the capitolium can be seen at various points under a small square, a restaurant, a church and various other buildings on one side of the present Piazza Erbe.
- Domus. The residences of the patrician families. Normally square or rectangular, on one floor, with rooms that opened around a central courtyard (atrium), often richly decorated with mosaic floors and frescoed walls. In the centre of Verona, countless of them have been found, under shops, banks and religious institutes.
Meeting point: bronze equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II in piazza Bra (the square of the Arena)
• Meeting in Piazza Bra, at the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II:
No refund for no shows and cancellations with less than 36 hours from starting time.