Verona’s largest pedestrian zone
The Via Mazzini forms a direct connection between the Piazza Brà and the Piazza delle Erbe. It is not only the largest pedestrian area of Verona, but is also one of the busiest streets of the city and Verona’s shop window. Row upon row of shops line the road, and large crowds of tourists amble from window to window. All major Italian fashion brands are represented here and offer their goods. Anyone who is looking for the latest fashion in clothes, shoes and accessories and has a corresponding budget will certainly find what he or she is looking for. If you’re staying in Verona during the time of the Saldi (sales), you will have the chance to find a bargain or two for less money.
The Via Mazzini itself was lined with warehouses and barracks until the 19th century. The unfortified ground turned into a veritable mud field during rain showers until the city government decided to secure the street and pave it with marble. The paving was also the reason for the street’s rising fortunes – barracks gave way to modern stores until the street reached its current appearance. Incidentally, the road was named in 1907 after the Italian politician and philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), who did much for his country during the Italian Risorgimento and the struggle for freedom.