A STROLL THROUGH
you can see in this wonderful town
Novara is a town of Roman origins and historians could define the old plan
thanks to the remains found in Salardi street and in Cavour square. In Cavour
square in fact, a deposit of amphorae - used in the antiquity to preserve wine,
oil and other liquids - has been found and now it is kept in the archaeological
Cavour Square is a meeting place for everyone. In this place we can also see old
streets of Romanesque period.
One of the most important
monuments is the old cathedral. It is of the XIX century and was made by
architect Antonelli. Originally there was a Romanesque old cathedral, that was
destroyed to rebuild the new one.
Figure 14 – The Dome of S. Gaudenzio
Inside there are some precious
frescoes of the XI century which represent the apocalypse and others of XII
century representing the last judgement.
symbol of Novara is the Dome of S. Gaudenzio, because it is typical for the
skyline of the town.
very far from here there is the oldest bar in town.
a foreigner that takes a stroll along the main street to taste a coffee at
“Bertani” is a must.
place is the “Angolo delle Ore”, but near there you can easily find many cobble-stone
streets, they are narrow and peculiar either for the boutiques and the old houses
that take you back to the past.
very cosy square is nearby: Piazza delle Erbe. It takes its name after the small
market that was held long ago, in which old women used to sell what they grew in
city has some important civic buildings too, like “Broletto” that was built in
the first half of the XIII century . Opposite Broletto there is the cathedral (Duomo),
connected to the Baptistery that dates back to the V century. Inside there are
Figure 15 - Broletto
the XI century. It only takes a minute’s walk to reach “ Coccia” a very famous
theatre house in the town.
Coming back and walking along Canonica street, we get to the Canonica. The
palace has three floors and the front has a double porch. The porch is held up
by thin Ionic columns. The Canonica was built during the first half of the XIV
century. In the same century the palace was enlarged and completed.
artist, who had learnt to paint from Giotto, painted the place were priests
not only an art place, but it is also a place where young people can have fun
and do some shopping.