The Torre dei Lamberti in Verona is also known as the Torre del Comune. It is located between the two main squares Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori. It is 84 meters tall and is one of the most striking tourist attractions in the city.
Torre dei Lamberti Verona
Address, opening hours and admission
The address of the Torre dei Lamberti is Piazza dei Signori – Cortile del Mercato Vecchio (tel. +39 0458032726). Open times: Tuesday till Sunday from 09.00 till 19.30. Mondays from 13.45 till 19.30. Admission: Unknown. The ticket includes a visit to the museum next door, in the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio.
History and description
The 84 meter tall Torre dei Lamberti separates the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza delle Erbe. Its construction started in 1172. In 1403 it was struck by lightning and the top floors were destroyed. Since it had to be restored anyway, the city decided to add a couple of floors. The reconstruction lasted from 1448 till 1464.
Since the bottom part, which alternates tuff stone with brick layers, is different from the upper half, it is easy to see how tall the original tower used to be.
It used to have two bells. The smallest one was used when there was a fire. The bigger one was used to assemble the city council and also when the city was about to be attacked.
The view from the top is extraordinary. Unfortunately during the corona crisis it is not possible to climb all the way to the top, since social distancing would be impossible.