The Scaliger Tombs are a collection of mausoleums constructed in the Gothic style, the majority of which are shaped like miniature temples and are covered by baldachins. These five tombs were built for the Scaliger family, a Veronese dynasty that reigned from the 13th to the 14th century. The tombs rank among the top Verona places to visit for admiring the magnificent Gothic art
The Scaliger tombs, a group of five Gothic burial monuments outside Verona's Santa Maria Antica church, honour the prominent Della Scala family. The monuments, which date to the 14th century, are renowned for their intricate ornamentation and Gothic style.
These tombs are designed like tiny temples, capped by a baldachin, ornamented with a stair motif, and contained in a wrought iron enclosure. The first tomb belongs to Cangrande I, the most illustrious member of the family lineage and the guardian of the poet Dante. It is attached to the exteriors of the church wall, has leashed dogs and also has a statue of Cangrande I riding a horse.
Next two prominent monuments are that of two angels honouring Mastino II, and Cansignorio, whose tomb is the most elaborate and features sculptures of combatant saints. The other two tombs are without a baldachin and honour Alberto II and Giovanni. After visiting these tombs, visiting the church will also let you enjoy the spiritual atmosphere and Romanesque architecture
• The Scaliger Tombs, located outside the church of Santa Maria Antica, are five memorials honouring the Scaliger family, one of the most powerful families in Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries.
• Resembling small temples, these tombs are outstanding specimens of Gothic construction
• With ornate elements like baldachins, sculptures, and exquisite decorations they are eye-striking
• A stair motif, the Scaliger family's heraldic emblem, depicts their relation with the family
• The equestrian statue of Cangrande della Scala is the main attraction, reflecting the grandeur of the family's most prominent member.
• The church is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture and is a great place to explore after visiting the tombs