This lodge was built by order of Cosimo I to protect the citizens from the rain and to be used as a grain market. In 1554 the municipality of Barga decided that the market would be held weekly on Fridays and no one could sell nor buy outside of the square, except in shops.
To allow everyone to check the weights and measurements during the negotiations, the local authorities had an employee who went to the lodge with suitable weights and tools; This service was paid for by the buyer.On one side of the entrance there is a lion, the so-called Marzocco, a statue that symbolised the Florentine Republic.
Source: La guida di Barga
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