S. Tomaso Cantuariense and Villa Francescatti

Just gaze slightly away, and on the left bank of the river you will notice other places rich in history and beauties: the roads, (once watercourses), the Isle (the heart of the town craft activities until the nineteenth century), the hills (adorned with mediaeval walls and towers), a procession of saints on parade in mediaeval and Renaissance clothes in the churches of S. Siro and Libera, S. Giovanni in Valle, S. Maria in Organo, SS. Nazaro and Celso, S. Paolo in Campo Marzo, S. Tomaso Cantuariense.
All this is Veronetta.
Go now down to look closely at these historic splendours. Following the Austrian flat road, you will encounter Villa Francescatti, renowned among other things for its beautiful historic park. The nearby church of S. Giovanni in Valle is a perfect example of Romanesque architecture in Verona and is known for two sarcophagi kept in its crypt where you will feel like you can almost hear the echo of the voices of the first Verona Christians; S. Giovanni is not only the suggestive “shadow” of a crypt though, it is also “light”: John the Baptist, the summer solstice and the now forgotten Sun Festival which had pagan and Christian reminiscences.

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