Mouse or Pig?

I’ll give you some clues: Piazza dei Priori, Volterra. It seems that this tower belonged to the Topi family. Then you will say: “it’s a mouse!” Wait…

But then, the Municipality bought the tower in the 13th century to house the Podestà and also the prisons that remained here until the 19th century. On the floor of the chapel there was even a trapdoor through which the corpses of the executed were thrown. And at the top of the tower there was the Bell of Justice, so-called because it rang only to announce capital executions

So, is it the Podestà then? Absolutely not! What are you thinking?

Well, until the 1800s, the people of Volterra thought it was a mouse, but then they changed their minds. It is true that you eat very well in Volterra, but mice that well-fed…

So they opt for a little pig, and maybe they are not entirely wrong because during some renovations, another image depicting a pig emerges: the emblem of a family? It could be…

Okay, but am I the only one who sees a tapir in it?

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