Suite della Scala


The location of the palace is one of great historical interest. In fact, in medieval times, it used to belong to Federico II della Scala, Count of Valpolicella. Moreover, the great poet Dante Alighieri stayed here too, as a guest of Cangrande della Scala.
The palace is a majestic Venetian Gothic style building dating back to the 15th century.
The façade is painted in Venetian red and, in addition to some beautiful windows, it also boasts a fantastic four-light window in the middle.
At the end of the inner courtyard an exquisite Renaissance portal stands out. The stone jambs feature a scale fish-like pattern and two shelves supporting the lintel, where the following Cicero’s Latin quote was engraved: ‘VIRTVTE DVCE-COMITE FORTUNA’ (‘Virtue as a guide, fortune as company’).
The round arch, which is richly decorated with geometric elements, rests on two capitals featuring floral volutes. A stone shield that bears a floral plume, whose coat of arms has been chiselled off, embellishes the top section of the arch.