Do not miss to stop at Piazza Erbe and, with your fantasy, you can relive 2000 years of history.
In Roman times, it was the central point, also known as the Forum, with the Porta Leoni Gate which led into the Cardo Massimo, and the Porta Borsari Gate which led into the Decumano Massimo. All other routes were progressively numbered starting from this point, both from the left and the right.
On its sides there were the temples, the baths and the Capitol and it was located two metres from the surface.
At the beginning of the Communal period, the square became Piazza Maggiore, and was always crowded with tailors, leather workers, vendors selling all kinds of merchandise, such as flax, yarn, wool, wheat, meat and fish, shouting to attract the attention of potential buyers.
After two centuries, the square was not large enough and some vendors were moved elsewhere; for example, fish sellers were moved to the old Via Pescheria, the Triangolo del vin to Via Cappello, wheat sellers to the Courtyard of the City Hall while spice sellers to Corso Santa Anastasia.
Under Venetian rule, the square changed to become the seat of judicial powers. Today, bars and colourful stalls sell tourists the souvenirs of this place, which is now the centre of public, social and economic life in Verona.