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This Northern town is renowned for being the città degli scacchi, the town of chess, and it celebrates its name with an original event: a chess match with living pawns. Hundreds of people wear traditional costumes to assist, and the event is well-known on an
international scale. It aims to reproduce a legend created in the 15th century, when two gentlemen from Venice challenged each other in a spectacular living game of chess.
Such a fascinating match takes place in the Piazza degli Scacchi, the chess square, on the second weekend of September, on even years.