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Pigs on the loose! –

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A large slate bas-relief, showing the cross of St George and a figure of a saint with some animals, dominates the wall of the building on the corner of Via Prè and Vico del Roso. The reason for this engraving dates back to a few centuries ago, when many pigs roamed freely in Via Prè. The Antonian friars who belonged to the Abbey of St Anthony were in fact privileged to own pigs, which they fed in the street, carrying out the important function of garbage collectors. The monks' pigs could not be killed or stolen, on pain of heavy punishment, and remained free to roam until their numbers grew exponentially and it was decided to ban their movement.

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