In the middle of Piazza Arnaldo stands a large statue, a commemorative symbol of Arnaldo da Brescia. Arnaldo was a 12th-century monk who publicly condemned the corruption of the Brescia clergy, and for this reason, in 1155, he was captured in Rome, tried and sentenced to death. He was then strangled, burnt and his ashes were scattered in the Tiber so that no one could venerate them. In the years following the unification of Italy, however, the municipal administration, taking up the wishes expressed by groups of politically and culturally committed citizens, decided to commemorate the figure of this Brescian in a tangible way, recognising in him values of civil and moral commitment in a secular and libertarian sense. This is how the monument that we can admire today was inaugurated in 1882.