Torre della Gabbia


Enter Piazza Sordello from the south and on your left you have the grand house of the Gonzagas' predecessors, the Bonacolsi clan. Hapless prisoners used to be dangled in a cage from the tower, aptly called the Torre della Gabbia (Cage Tower).

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1. Piazza Broletto

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2. Piazza Sordello

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3. Arengario

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4. Palazzo del Podestà

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5. Cattedrale

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6. Palazzo Ducale

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8. Palazzo della Ragione


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