If you admire ancient architecture you should not miss the arch which dates back to that time and is right at the corner of Castelvecchio, one of the most famous buildings in Verona.
The historical monument was constructed by the Roman architect Lucio Vitruvio Cerdone and dates back to the 1st century AD. Interestingly, the author of the arch left his signature on the arch which is one of the reasons why this monument has greater importance in Verona’s cultural heritage. The name of the arch, Gavi, comes from the family Gavia Gens to which the arch was built. More precisely, the monument was erected in order to celebrate that family as it was one of the most important ones in Roman Verona. Surprisingly, it is a very rare case to have a monumental and honorary arch for private use in Roman architecture.
Throughout history, the arch was used in various ways, for example, in the Middle Ages, it was used as the gate to the city but around the 16th century, the function of the gate declined as some buildings were built against the arch. Moreover, at the time of Napoleon’s occupation, in 1805, the French made a decision to destroy it due to its unusefulness in regard to trafficking. So, parts of the arch were distributed all around Verona and only in 1932, it was reconstructed. You can see the monument any time of the day, the access is not limited.