Piazza delle Erbe
A walk along the narrow streets of the city, takes you on one of the smaller spaces, intimate and evocative of the old town of Carrara. The Piazza delle Erbe, commonly called the little square, is in fact the center of the oldest urban settlement, from Roman times, directly connected to the Duomo and the majestic Piazza Alberica. Its name evokes the old market that took place there, but it is still the place for the organic farmers’ market of Carrara
A simple and contained small square in which you would not expect to find a marble portal like the one that adorns Diana Palace, ancient residence of the family that, along with the Del Medico, was among the leading suppliers of marble for the Cathedral of San Pietro in Rome. An imposing frame around the entrance of the building, flanked by two pillars with figures of two Mori carrying on the head two pillows which support the mighty frieze above the door.
Looking around, however, the surprises are not over. In fact you can see the house of Carlo Fontana, sculptor from Carrara, who created one of the bronze chariots for the Altar of the Fatherland in Rome, and a little further on a commemorative plaque recalls that in this small square during WWII, on July 7th 1944, the women of Carrara rose up against the nazi-fascists’ order of displacement shouting “Do not leave the city.
So many emotions that give this small space in the heart of the city, a true concentration of history and culture that has kept its character more authentic and which is revealed only to those who can grasp details hidden with veiled modesty.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana