Castelvecchio, the Old Castle, was built by the Scala family during the 14th century when they were the rulers of Verona. It became their residence and fortress during the rule of Cangrande II in 1354.
Cangrande, appropriately enough, translates as “top dog”.
Like most buildings that are now called the ‘Old’ something, the Old Castle wasn’t called ‘Old’ when it was new. It got the name ‘Old’ when the newer fortifications were built on the hill of San Pietro.
Attached to the Old Castle is this fortified bridge called Ponte Scaligero over the River Adige, which the Scala family eventually had to use to make their escape from the city when they had fallen out of power.
In the Old Castle there is now an interesting museum with artworks from several centuries.
Salome was the daughter of Herodias and the stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea. Her story is told in the Bible (Mark 6:21-28), and you can also read about it in my post “Don’t let your stepdaughter read this“.
My photos in this post are from 2006. I revised the text in 2023.
See also: Salome in the opera tent in Liège, Belgium.