In this chapter we talk about the Padova Squares, an important meeting point for the people of Padua and the characteristic markets held in the city.
The Padova Squares are one of the meeting places for Paduans, places where you can meet old friends, drink a good coffee, brighten up your day with some typical shot or simply by buying in the lively stalls of its market, where you can breathe still today an almost medieval atmosphere.
Frutta Square and Erbe Square are colorful and elegant thanks to the colorful flowers, fruit and fresh vegetables sold in the stalls during the morning market. A historic meeting place for Paduans, even in the evening hours, for the usual aperitif, or to conclude some outstanding business.
Interesting and, to be searched, are the names of the stairs that rise from the square to the Ragione Palace, given that each is characterized by a particular name, which derives from the product that was sold at the time.
In fact, one can find for example, the "scales of herbs" where fruit and vegetables were sold or the "scale of the oseis" where there were birds and various poultry. The huge market of the two squares surrounding the Ragione Palace, one of the most characteristic buildings in the world, reflects very well the ancient splendor of the free commercial city of Padua.
The Signori Square or Signoria Square, was the center of power of Padua and, over the years, was the scene of important civic events, fairs and courtships. It was born from the rubble of an old neighborhood, so as to give importance to the access tower of the Carrarese Palace that was being built. Today, on the ancient area of the Carrarese Palace stands the Capitanio Palace, which at the time was the residence of the captains, who preserved the city throughout the rule of the Serenissima.
To interrupt the linearity of the façade of this splendid palace, we find one of the pride of Padua, namely the 14th century Clock Tower, decorated in Gothic style with the famous astronomical clock in the center and at its base a large triumphal arch designed by Giovanni Maria Falconetto. The ancient courtyard, originally a space of the Palace, was surrounded by buildings used for various purposes, including the headquarters of the curia, the stables and areas for the exercises of the guards.
Not far from the palace we find the seventeenth-century Church of San Clemente in red brick, donated to the Paduans who had founded the communities of Rivolato and Dorsoduro in Venice in the 5th century and Loggia del Consiglio, in white Istrian stone. The lively squares of Padova are transformed in the warmer summer evenings into an elegant and comfortable living room, both for Paduans and for all tourists staying in this wonderful city.
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Is the most populated in the Veneto region, has always been a territory rich in resources, top-quality food and wine products and a destination for great artists and free thinkers. It is a predominantly flat area, crossed by numerous waterways and characterized by remarkable agricultural landscapes. Picturesque villages, abbeys and historic villas enrich this enchanted territory, while the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills will offer unforgettable moments to travelers. Do not miss the chance to spend a few days here! Plan your holidays in this wonderful province, our tips and suggestive photographs will help you take the right path.
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The Veneto Region, nestled in the north-east of Italy, is a mix of history and traditions and, all of it, is enriched by the liveliness of its inhabitants and by a wide range of typical products all to be savored. From the highest peaks of the Dolomites, he embraces and welcomes each visitor with brotherly warmth, accommodating him among the many lounges of his cities of art, giving him unforgettable emotions. Turning between the pages of this site, you can organize your next holidays in the Veneto region and thanks to the many photos published, everything will be very simple.
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