What 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 museum.

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.

The symbol of Novara is the Dome of S. Gaudenzio, because it is typical for the skyline of  the town.

Not very far from here there is the oldest bar in town.

For a foreigner that takes a stroll along the main street to taste a coffee at “Bertani” is a must.

Another meeting 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.

A 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 their orchards.

The 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 precious frescos

Figure 15 - Broletto

of 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.

An artist, who had learnt to paint from Giotto, painted the place were priests prayed.

Novara is not only an art place, but it is also a place where young people can have fun and do some shopping.