The beauty of Verona is also preserved in some great museums: the Castelvecchio Museum, housed in the fourteenth-century castle of the same name; the Archaeological Museum of the Roman Theatre near the ruins of the old theatre built in the first century BC; the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum, one of the oldest public museums of engraved stones in Europe (Greek, Etruscan, Venetian and Roman inscriptions), and the Lamberti Tower dating back to the twelfth-fifteenth century, are only some examples of what that the town has on offer.
The town centre lies between two intercommunicating squares, Piazza della Erbe and Piazza dei Signori; both have maintained their original function since the Middle Ages. Piazza delle Erbe, with its typically commercial character, its liveliness and its elongated oval shape (in the background you can admire the baroque façade of Palazzo Maffei) blends harmoniously with Piazza dei Signori which has an aristocratic, geometric structure; it is now the location of the Town Hall (built at the end of the twelfth century), while in the past it was a centre of fundamental importance for the town institutions.
As you wander through the narrow streets and lanes that surround the old town centre it will not be difficult to find some “Osteria” (practically a wine bar, also serving bites of simple food) built of rustic stone, where it will be impossible to refuse a glass of refreshing wine.
Verona-Brescia is also an ideal gateway to the stunning lakes of Garda, Iseo and Idro.