The current Via Roma was one of the mediaeval city’s most important roads. It was the hub of the Sant’Andrea district, which took its name from the church dedicated to St Andrew that stood about halfway along it. Mediaeval documentary evidence shows that the street was lined with the workshops of cobblers and other craftspeople (builders, blacksmiths and farriers). It was a popular district throbbing with life. Although much changed over the centuries, the street has kept some features that suggest how the area would have looked in the Middle Ages, in the form of stout, low brick arcades supporting the houses above (at the western end, near the town hall).