Rebirth from Earth
“Rebirth from Earth. Verona, crossroads of civilizations, history and culture” is the second itinerary offered by the by the project “Verona Minor Hierusalem. A town to discover together“. This tour will take visitors and pilgrims along the old Via Postumia, the road that runs through the heart of the city and intersects the decumanus maximum, one of the main ancient Roman streets. This itinerary offers a tour of some lesser-known churches, usually off the tourist-beaten path, but extremely significant for their history and spirituality, and for the saints and illustrious personalities who lived and worked there, or simply visited.
Visitors will be able to see sacella, (Latin word for small places of worship), and crypts along a route rich in monuments: Roman ruins, the stunning Scaligeri castle and the majestic palazzi of Corso Cavour. During this trip back in time, they will unearth the roots of our civilization and discover how the city has changed over time.
Our volunteers will welcome tourists and visitors in five Veronese churches: S. Zeno in Oratorio, S. Lorenzo, SS. Teuteria and Tosca, S. Giovanni in Foro and S. Benedetto al Monte.
In keeping with this spirit, the Verona Minor Hierusalem Project’s goal is to bring a century-long history back to life and share it with all those who will visit Verona.
The itinerary begins in the small church of S. Zeno in Oratorio, that houses the rock on which, according to tradition, the patron saint of Verona used to sit when he fished in the river Adige. You will then walk past the Scaligeri Castle and the Roman Arco dei Gavi, and down Corso Cavour where two churches of great value are to be found: S. Lorenzo, characterised by the two large round towers of the façade and by the open upper-galleries, called ‘matronei’; and SS. Teuteria and Tosca sacellum, a small place of worship dedicated to two young women who lived between the 7th and 8th centuries. Continuing beyond Porta Borsari, you will visit the small S. Giovanni in Foro church, located on one of the busiest streets in the centre of Verona, not far from Corte Sgarzerie, where you can still see the medieval Loggia where once the carding of the wool took place. The itinerary ends at S. Benedetto al Monte church, located in the area where once the Roman Capitol stood. Its crypt has recently been restored and opened to visitors.
During the monthly urban pilgrimage we will propose a series of adaptations to enhance some particular sites. Pilgrims and tourists will be accompanied by the biblical character Toby along a physical and metaphorical journey that bears witness to the growth of his character together with the maturation of his faith in God.
The recruitment and training of the volunteers is currently under way. The goal is to open the second itinerary this autumn.