The second itinerary starts from Piazza Marconi, surrounded by Renaissance porticos on two sides. Here, Casa Lanzini can be seen, a typical Renaissance merchant’s house, built around 1460. Its facade has framed terracotta windows and it is crowned by merlons.
The porticos continue along Corso Umberto I to Piazza Cavallotti, where the Teatro Sociale stands. The building is inspired by Neo-classical opera theatres; it was built between 1818 and 1822 by architect Luigi Canonica. The imposing facade is preceded by a pronaos with a triangular pediment supported by six Ionic columns on a tall podium; the auditorium has five orders and still some elegant decorations.
Turning to the left and walking along Corso della Liberta’, one reaches piazza Martiri della Liberta, and then to the right, via Chiassi, flanked by ancient buildings.
Worthy of mention: at number 17, a palace with a 16th century tondo depicting a Madonna with Child; at number 20, the 16th century Aldegatti Palace has a beautiful marble portal; ahead, the Church of San Maurizio, designed by Cremonese Anton Maria Viani at the beginning of the 17th century; it is a single nave church with an elliptical dome; at number 42 the palace of the Conti Cantoni Marca, crowned by 15th century merlons; at number 59, a 16th century building with a marble portal and at number 61, the palace owned by Marchesi Nerli Ballati, dating back to the end of the 17th century.
In piazza Bazzani, at the crossroads with via Poma rises the Church of San Barnaba. The present building is an 18th century reconstruction of a pre-existing structure documented since 1268. The interior, with only one nave, deep apse and three chapels on both sides, has elegant stuccowork framing the 18th century canvases painted by local artists.
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