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Atlas Obscura Arco di Riccardo

The Città Vecchia (Old City) in Trieste, Italy, is the oldest part of the settlement dating back to the Roman era. Among the maze of alleys there is the small, stone-slabbed Piazza Barbacan. Articulated and with no right angles, it’s flanked by historic buildings of light colors, mostly different hues of yellow, but also orangey-red or light pink.

Whichever of the three alleys you come from, the white stone Arco di Riccardo pops out from around a corner, standing in the middle of the road, roughly perpendicular to a building. At 23 feet tall and 17 feet wide, it’s not especially large, but surrounded by newly restored facades and clean street pavements it seems slightly out of place.

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