If these walls could talk, what would they say? That’s what I wonder every time I find myself walking around a Cloister. Tall arches framing a private garden. A gurgling fountain that obscures soft whispers. What secrets do you think might have passed through these archways?
The Cloister of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona
Standing in Piazza Zeno looking at the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, there is no hint of the romantic cloister. Why I wondered?
Turns out there’s a reason for the visual disconnect between the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and the cloister!
Looking back, it all sort of makes sense. The Abby tower, bell tower, the basilica itself, and the cloister as a whole don’t seem to fit. None of the pieces seem to visually be in perfect harmony, yet they are all distinctly beautiful.
Since Italy Pic of the Days are my way to bring you to Italy, I thought I’d share a video that shows what it’s like to be in the cloister!
The San Zeno Basilica itself is often quoted as “one of the most beautiful and better-preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in the whole of Northern Italy.” If you ask me, the cloister is the pearl of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for an inside look at the basilica! For now, humor me, what secrets do you think this cloister has seen?