In what is known as Verona’s “drawing-room” (Piazza Dante for the Veronese) stands Dante’s meditative statue.
The buildings which surround it are the Administrative Headquarters of the Province and the Prefecture and were initially Cangrande’s residence, built in the 14th century. It is here that Dante found refuge, as testified by the inscription behind the Prefecture gate and by Ugo Zannoni’s statue with its head facing the palaces which offered him hospitality. Dante repaid his noble host’s generosity by including the Lord of Verona as one of the characters in Heaven in his “Divine Commedy”.
The palace is “u-shaped” and built around a beautiful court-yard, at the end of which there stands an exquisite Loggia with painted walls and carved ceiling.