The Piazza San Michele, which occupies the area where the Roman Forum was, is dominated by the size of the church built in the early thirteenth century and dedicated to the warrior Archangel, whose statue stands by the spire of the facade.
At the perimeter of the square there are ancient buildings made of stone and brick, and, among them, in the southwest, the Renaissance Praetorian Palace stands out, the headquarters of the ancient city magistrates, and designed by the artist Matteo Lucchese Civitali.
Opposite the church is Via di Poggio, where you can visit the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini. Not far from San Michele is the large square dedicated to Napoleon, where the Palazzo Ducale stands, seat of the noble power since the times of Castruccio Castracani (14th century) and Paolo Guinigi (15th century).
The Square and the Palace are the result of the interventions decided in the first decades of the nineteenth century by Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister, and continued by Maria Luisa of Bourbon and his son Charles Louis, represented in the monument by Lorenzo Bartolini located in the centre of the square.
Continuing south is a large leafy slope that leads to the Antico Caffè, historical feature of the “gentlemen’s” walk along the Walls.