Rebirth from Water
“Rebirth from Water. Verona Beyond the River” is the first itinerary proposed by the project “Verona Minor Hierusalem. A city to discover together”, and it includes the churches located outside the bend of the river Adige: San Giorgio in Braida, Santo Stefano, Santi Siro e Libera, San Giovanni in Valle, Santa Maria in Organo and the church of San Pietro Martire, where the Infopoint is. On the occasion of urban pilgrimage programs, the churches of Santa Maria in Betlemme (today known as San Zeno in Monte) and Santa Maria di Nazaret, together with other sites (Fontana del Ferro, city walls, panoramic terraces and gardens) are also part of this route.
The itinerary visitors can follow from Thursday to Sunday is made possible by volunteers who offer their free-of-charge services inside the churches. It symbolically starts from the centre of Ponte Pietra where visitors and pilgrims turn their back to the city center to “cross” the river Adige and plunge into a new and rejuvenating atmosphere, the area outside the bend of the river enclosed between the Torricelle hills and the city center.
Our suggestion is to discover the churches following a circular route of about 3.5 kilometres. You can leave from and return to Ponte Pietra, walking through the San Faustino neighbourhood and the old Isolo, enjoying the view of the city from two panoramic terraces – Castel San Pietro and San Zeno in Monte – looking at the Roman Theatre from above and discovering ancient and new water fountains.
The itinery partly winds in the beautiful environmental context of the Torricelle hills, an area that has been recently further enhanced by the reopening of the funicular and the renovation of the archeological museum.
The visit to five churches that in the past were not easily accessible to the public – Santi Siro e Libera, Santa Maria in Organo, San Giovanni in Valle, Santo Stefano and San Giorgio in Braida – is now guaranteed by the Verona Minor Hierusalem volunteers who will welcome pilgrims and tourists from Thursday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Visitors will find self-guided tour information brochures and maps inside every church or, before starting the tour, at the Verona Minor Hierusalem Infopoint, in via Sant’Alessio 34, tel. +39 3421820111.
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