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    Piazza Trento e Trieste, formerly known as Piazza delle Erbe for the market held there in the past, is the main square of Ferrara.



    The medieval square appeared at the same time with the Cathedral of San Giorgio, in the 12th century, and since its inception it became the fulcrum of the political, economic and religious powers of the city.



    The square, rectangular in shape, is crossed by a sidewalk 120 meters long and 12 meters wide, called listone.

    Around the square, you can still admire various ancient buildings, some of them in their original appearance, while others have undergone various renovations and transformations over time.

    In the northern part of the square, there is the Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Cathedral of Ferrara, built starting with 1235 and completed in 1177. Behind the Cathedral, there is the bell-tower, an unfinished work of Leon Battista Alberti.

    On the southern side of the Cathedral, runs Loggia dei Merciai, which since the beginning was dedicated to the merchants and to their various shops. The structure still retains its function today, hosting modern shops and commercial activities.

    The ancient seat of the Shoemakers’ Guild, Palazzo di San Crispino, faces the east side of the square.

    In the southern part of the square, there is Teatro Nuovo, once also used as a cinema, the Cathedral Museum (Museo della Cattedrale) with the former Church of San Romano, the building that replaced Palazzo della Ragione – the Matteotti Gallery (Galleria Matteotti), and the Clock Tower.

    On the western side of the square, along Corso Martiri della Libertà, are the Tower of Victory (Torre della Vittoria) and the Municipal Palace (Palazzo Municipale), the latter built between 1245 and 1481.



    Piazza Trento e Trieste is located about 1.6 kilometers away from the Ferrara railway station. The closest bus stop is in Corso Porta Reno, on the southwestern corner of the square, on the bus Lines 4 and 11.

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