Arco della Costa

Between Piazza Erbe and the Piazza dei Signori is that for centuries has been called Arco della Costa, built in about 1470. Hanging under the arch, a curved spine, very similar to that of Almenno in Bergamo. For some, the remains of a whale, for others the remains of an ancient dragon.

The arch of the Coast is so called because of the presence, from the mid-1700, a rib of a whale hanging from the ceiling, from here you get into the Piazza dei Signori. On the two squares stands the Torre dei Lamberti (entrance from the courtyard of City Hall).

Under the overpass that connects the City Hall (or the Ragione) to the “Domus Nova” or house of Judges, hangs a rib of a whale, the “Coast”, whose presence is documented since the mid-eighteenth century, is explained, perhaps with the fact that that side of the square there were three spices: relics of this kind often adorned the kind of shops.

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