In this chapter we discuss the Squares of Padova, a meeting point for citizens and the different markets held in the city.
Erbe Sqaue is one of the meeting places for the locals, a place where you can cheer up the day with little drinks or make purchases in the lively stalls of its market, where you can still find an almost medieval atmosphere.
Frutta Square, which is very colorful thanks to the many typical foods and flowers on sale during the morning market, is a historic meeting point for the locals for the usual evening aperitif.
The names of the stairs that rise from the square to the Palazzo della Ragione must be discovered for their importance. Each stair is characterized by a particular name, which derives from the product that was sold at the time. In fact, you can find, for example, the “herbal stairs” (scale delle erbe) where fruit and vegetables were sold or “scala degli osei” (poultry stair) where where several birds and poultry were sold.
The huge market of the two squares that surrounds the Palazzo of Ragione reflects very well the ancient splendor of the free commercial city of Padova.
Signori Square or Signoria Square, was the center of power in Padova and, over the years, was the scene of civic events, battles, tournaments, fairs and courtships.
At the end of the square, on the ancient area of the Reggia Carrarese, stands the Palazzo of Capitanio, which at the time was the residence of the captains who ruled the city during the dominion of the Serenissima.
To interrupt the linearity of the façade, we find one of the venues of Padova, or the Clock Tower, with its famous astronomical clock. The lively square faces the east with the seventeenth-century brick façade of the Church of San Clemente and to the south with the Loggia of Consiglio, in white Istrian stone. On summer evenings, Signori Square becomes the city’s living room for Paduan and tourists.
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