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The view from the Torrazzo, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Cremona in Lombardy, Italy. 
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The view from the Torrazzo, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Cremona in Lombardy, Italy.

Wikipedia: At 112.7 metres (343 ft 6 in), it is the third tallest brickwork bell tower in the world, the first being the tower of St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Bavaria, the second being that of the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium. However the Torrazzo (completed in 1309) is older than the Landshut tower (completed in 1500) and the Bruges tower (completed in 1465), and it is the oldest brick structure taller than 100 m that is still standing.

According to popular tradition, construction on the tower began in 754. In reality, it was built in four phases: a first dating back to the 1230s, up to the third dripstone, a second, between 1250 and 1267, up to the dripstone under the quadriphore, a third around 1284, and the completion of the marble spire in 1309.

Its height is announced by a plaque embedded in the wall at the base of the Torrazzo itself, stating 250 arms and 2 ounces, which in the ancient measuring system of the Lombard towns translates to approximately 111 metres".

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Piazza del Comune: the main square of Cremona, Italy, with the baptistery, the Duomo and the Torrazzo bell tower. 
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Piazza del Comune: the main square of Cremona, Italy, with the baptistery, the Duomo and the Torrazzo bell tower.
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Republic Square (Piazzale della Repubblica) in the lower part of Bergamo, Italy. 
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Republic Square (Piazzale della Repubblica) in the lower part of Bergamo, Italy.
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Freedom Square (Piazza della Libertà) in the lower part of Bergamo, Italy. 
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Freedom Square (Piazza della Libertà) in the lower part of Bergamo, Italy.
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La porchetta più lunga del mondo - the longest porchetta in the world, being prepared during a charity fair on Piazza Dante in Bergamo, Italy. 
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La porchetta più lunga del mondo - the longest porchetta in the world, being prepared during a charity fair on Piazza Dante in Bergamo, Italy.

"Porchetta is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition. The body of the pig is gutted, deboned, arranged carefully with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted, traditionally over wood. Porchetta is usually heavily salted in addition to being stuffed with garlic, rosemary, fennel, or other herbs, often wild. Porchetta has been selected by the Italian Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali as a "prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale" ("traditional agricultural-alimentary product", one of a list of traditional Italian foods held to have cultural relevance). Although popular in the whole country, porchetta originated in central Italy, with Ariccia (in the Province of Rome) being the town most closely associated with it. Elsewhere, it is considered a celebratory dish." (Wikipedia)

This one was 30 metres long and weighted 600 kilograms. Roasting began at 10pm and it was ready after 12 hours, when it was cut into 2500 slices sold within an hour.

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The longest porchetta ever
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