Colonna di Marco Aurelio

Monument in Centro Storico

Towering over Piazza Colonna, the 30m-high Colonna di Marco Aurelio was completed in AD 193 to honour Marcus Aurelius’ military victories. Its vivid reliefs depict scenes from battles against the Germanic tribes (169–173) and, further up, the Sarmatians (174–176). In 1589, Marcus was replaced on the top of the column with a bronze statue of St Paul.