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Verona - legal headquarters
VIA CARLO CATTANEO, 20
37121 VERONA, ITALY
left: present façade
right: former façade
Technital’s main office is located within a group of buildings of various ages and architectural styles and arranged in a horseshoe layout with the main façade, Palazzo Cossali, facing via Carlo Cattaneo.
The neighbourhood prides itself on its prestigious, ancient history.
During the Middle Ages this area, just a few minutes away from the Arena of Verona, belonged to the so-called Ferraboi District, which was part of the Maggiore Quarter, one of the five quarters into which the Veronese Statute divided the town in 1276. Very little remains of the medieval structures that once stood on this area.
The restoration works carried out between 1970 and 1972 showed, however, that the previous structures, dating between the 14th and 15th centuries, were grouped together and transformed into a single living unit in the 16th century, when Palazzo Cossali was built. Unfortunately the traces of this complex architectural stratification are now difficult to see. The 16th century palace, the most precious element of this agglomerate of buildings, has been well preserved thanks partly to careful conservation measures. This is a Renaissance building that still retains, in its splendid frescoed halls and coffered ceilings, the original image of a lordly mansion. The façade, which was originally decorated, has unfortunately lost most of its frescoes which were already irremediably ruined by the first half of the 19th century.
During the 19th century the palace underwent important changes: it was raised by one floor, the ground floor windows were re-shaped and a monumental entrance door was added to the front.
Despite these changes and additions, the appearance of a 16th century mansion remains substantially intact and it can still be fully appreciated today.