The church of Santa Maria Antica in Verona is one of the best-known churches that will reserve a magnificent surprise. You can find it just past Piazza dei Signori (or Piazza Dante), next to the Gothic Arche Scaligere.
It was built in the first half of the 8th century as a Lombard church, it was destroyed by an earthquake and later rebuilt in 1117. With its Romanesque style, this church has a millenary charm, all to be discovered.
It was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Aquileia and it later became the private chapel of the Della Scala family, during the Scaliger period. It was this family who built the Arche Scaligere (or the family tombs) next to it.
The church underwent various architectural interventions over the years: around 1630, its interior was modified according to the Baroque style, and it is only in the late nineteenth century restorations that it was restored to its original splendor.