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Piazza Colonna – The punishment of a bandit

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Piazza Colonna owes its name to a missing column that stood in a strangely empty area, as a sign of perpetual infamy and warning. In fact, this was once the home of Francesco Santuliana, the leader of a band of brigands who ruled Padua in the seventeenth century, and whose speciality was attacking couriers on the road. This bandit was exiled several times and a price was put on his head, but he continued his raids unconcernedly, without ever being caught. The exasperation was such that on 22 March 1666 it was decided to raze his house to the ground and to ban building in the area for ever. A column was erected as a warning to anyone thinking of going the way of the bandit.

Piazza Colonna – The punishment of a bandit

Piazzetta Colonna, 2, 35121 Padova PD, Italy

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