I was in Rome last week. There's a couple of mysteries I need help solving, and this is one of them. The statue looks like this:

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It stands modestly to the left of the cordonata and you might even miss it when you ascend towards the plaza.


Google image search eventually led here.

Cola di Rienzo (or de Rienzi; Italian pronunciation: [ˌkɔːla di ˈrjɛnt͜so] or [de ˈrjɛnt͜si]) (c. 1313 – 8 October 1354) was an Italian medieval politician and popular leader, tribune of the Roman people in the mid-14th century.

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