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Left: The heart of the city – Piazza Cavalli. A Sunday Market populated the square on the day I visited. Contrary to most main squares in Italy, the main square is dominated by a civic building—the Palazzo Comunale—rather than a church.

Right: An older man enjoys his typical Sunday by the main square.

Left: The Piazza gets its name thanks to the two sculptures it showcases, each a bronze statue of a horse carrying Alessandro Farnese, the great strategist and military commander of the city.

Right: The Palazzo Comunale is a gothic structure built at the end of the 13th century. It flanks the Piazza Cavalli and still to this day it retains its medieval splendor. According to the initial plans, the building would have had a rectangular shape, but the work was left unfinished due to the outbreak of a severe plague.


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