In this chapter we discuss one of the most beautiful and characteristic cities of Veneto, surrounded by still perfectly intact walls: Cittadella.

The charm of Cittadella arises from its walls and go beyond the personality of its particularly proud and enterprising people.  The amazing city wall built by the inhabitants of Padua between 1220 and 1221: it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful medieval fortifications in Europe.

The defensive system was born as a bastion to control the border areas after the threats advanced by rivals Vicenza and Treviso to conquer new territories. In fact, when the latter around 1195 started the construction of Castelfranco Veneto, as a military outpost near the torrent Muson, the inhabitants of Padua replied with the construction of Cittadella.

Very interesting and evocative is the walkway on the walls that starts from “Porta Bassano”, in which a recent restoration has given light to the frescoes that decorate the Casa of Capitano, and which allows you to arrive, walking through the 12 towers, to Porta Vicenza, to Porta Padova and then to Tower of Malta which houses the Archaeological Museum.

The Cathedral of Cittadella will look majestic in front of you in its sober elegant lines that characterize it, the vastness of the interior is enriched by works which mostly date back to nineteenth-century, but if you want to immerse yourself in the medieval frescoes of the old Cathedral, you don’t have to miss the Cappella della Concetta from a side door on the right.

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