The Castel San Pietro is located directly above the Roman Theatre and is accessed by taking the stairs right next to the ‘Teatro Romano’. The ruins of this once splendid Austrian fortress sit high above the city of Verona and offer the most wonderful views of the city from one of the terraces of the fortress and amazing sunsets make it an ideal location for a romantic evening stroll. There have been renovation works in progress for many years to turn the fortress into a museum but it is not open to the public at present.
The hill that the fortress is situated on is in a strategic position and has been inhabited since Roman times. Between the end of the 9th and beginning of the 10th centuries, Giangaleazzo Visconti built the Castel San Pietro in 1398 on the ruins of the fortress formerly built by Berengar, King of Italy. This building dominated the city but only lasted 400 years before being blown up by French soldiers after the Treaty of Luneville. It lay abandoned until the Austrians finally demolished the remains of the castle and the church before starting on the construction of the fortress in 1851 which was completed in 1856. Sadly with the demolition there were many pre-historic and Roman records lost and all opportunity to study any of this part of history in Verona were gone.
Today the property of Castel San Pietro belongs to the City of Verona and has done so since 1932.
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