Let's talk about one of the most beautiful, most surprising and best preserved villages in the Veneto region and in Italy: Montagnana.
Montagnana is one of the most enchanting fortified cities and its charm derives from the perfect preservation of its walls, which almost seems to represent a sort of enchanted fortress. The mighty wall, erected by the Carraresi, strengthened the already existing fortification of 1360-1362, characterized by 24 polygonal towers, 17 meters high, and by two strong bastions, which at the time represented one of the most noteworthy fortified medieval complexes in Europe.
If you go to city center from Porta Legnago, which at the time had the purpose of controlling the lands of Scaligeri, you cross the elegant and majestic Rocca degli Alberi which rises majestic and picturesque.
Proceeding along Via Giacomo Matteotti, however, you are captured by the sophisticated Palazzo Magnavin-Foratti, built in the fifteenth century by the Serenissima and then offered to the leader Erasmo da Narni, called Gattamelata, for the excellent services.
A little further on we find Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, flanked by beautiful arcades and buildings of different eras, while to the north stands the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with its high brickwork façade and Gothic-Renaissance forms. Inside are exposed and kept several works, such as the “Transfiguration” by Paolo Veronese and the “Three tables” by Giovanni Buonconsiglio, known as the Marescalco.
Continuing in Via Carrarese we arrive at the Castle of San Zeno, which was probably founded by Ezzelino III da Romano in the thirteenth century, who after having burned the city, tried to rebuild it. The fortification has a rectangular shape and consists of the imposing keep, almost 40 meters high, and the courtyard protected by lookout towers.
Leaving the walls through Porta Padova, dominated by the high Ezzelina Tower, we find Villa Pisani, designed by Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century, which is the most famous family and among the most powerful families in the history of the Venetian Republic.