Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scavi Scaligeri Museum


Twenty years ago, during some pipe work excavations in one of Verona city center squares surrounded by the old Scala Family buildings, were found so many Roman and early medieval remains that it was decided to create and underground museum to show them in their original context. Two meters under the nowadays ground level you will find the Roman stone roads with sewers and the mosaics floors from the first century A.D., aLombard tomb and the foundation work of medieval towers.
The Scavi Scaligeri museum hosts also regular exhibition of the International Photography Center (courtesy of Veronissima.com).

Yesterday morning I saw a very interesting photo exhibition called "Young Days" in the museum. I had quite a faded memory of the place which is absolutely unique. 
The exhibit winds up among roman stones and grey cement; glass and metal catwalks suspended on ancient gravel and mosaics, two meters underground.
I really look forward to the next exhibition!

11 comments:

Jacob said...

That is absolutely fascinating. I wish I could be there to view all of it! And your photos are fantastic!

Wolynski said...

The first photo is amazing - very interesting stuff.

Laurent said...

Before reading your comment I was really wondering where you took the first picture from !

Tash said...

Your photos are really superb. I love how you capture people in interesting places.

Lost in Sicily said...

What a wonderful space and how innovative that it was turned into the museum. Love the shot up top, really gives a feel for the place. And if I ever make it to Verona this would be something I would have to see.

nobu said...

Great shots!!

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

Bath could really do with something like this. I'm sure there are some hidden gems beneath the ground. Sadly I don't think our local council has the imagination! Lovely images

Clueless in Boston said...

This sounds like a very interesting museum. I've never heard of it. Amazing.

lunarossa said...

This is fantastic! I haven't seen this in Verona before. It must have been over 20 years since I visited then!!! So another incentive to visit again soon. All the best. Ciao. A.

D said...

This is REALLY intersting. So glad it's been preserved!

Ming the Merciless said...

The first photo above is really fascinating. I saw quite a few such glass floors in Rome too. It makes sense because it allows people to see the beautiful mosaic work closely without stepping on them.

My RedBubble slideshow

You can buy my photos on

Buy art