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Prato della Valle

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Address: Padua, Italy
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Enjoy a stroll, but eat elsewhere and bring coins to park

This is an impressive square with plenty of people watching and a nice green area surrounded by water and statues. Restaurants in this area, however, have a high cover charge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is an impressive square with plenty of people watching and a nice green area surrounded by water and statues. Restaurants in this area, however, have a high cover charge (higher than what we paid in key areas of Venice even), so I'd stroll to a side street. If you drive, there is plenty of parking around the square, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful square with moat and bridges and statues placed all round the outside. Even more stunning for an evenings stroll with all the lights on.

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

a lovely place to just sit and watch the world go by! There is a market of some sort almost every day, from fruit and veg to antiques or clothes.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is a very large oval that is ringed by statues, water, and bridges. The statues are very unique and impressive. We walked around the oval twice so we could see the statues in the inner and outer rings. There is a fountain in the center of the oval. There isn't any shade if you are walking around looking at... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The prato is surrounded by a moat with decorative bridges into the main part which has trees and grassy areas. There is a fountain in the middle. It is a place where workers go to have a picnic lunch, children play with footballs and young people sit and chat. Another good example of Italian way of life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Prato della Valle is one location that should not be missed if you visit Padua. A number of buses pass here and does the tram. It also seems to be much photographed. I've visited Prato della Valle several times during my stay, both night and day. The atmosphere is quite nice and it is a place visited by young and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This very large square - between the largest in Europe - is one of the great landmarks of Padua. It hosted a circus in Roman times, then jousts and cattle market in the middle ages. It was then located just south of the city walls, only later extended to the south. The area was swampy. Only in the 18th century... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

It is a large area on the edge of the city with many statues and a small stream that runs around the square. It misses the mark in some way but it is an open space in Padova

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Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is the largest piazza in Italy and it is impressive in size but there is not a lot to do around the area. I bought a gelati and enjoyed sitting on the grass watching people. Nice fountain, nice statues lining the piazza and a small vegetable market on one side- but not very exciting. One can take the tram... More 

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Vicenza, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Circular green plaza surrounded by water. Plenty of areas for a picnic or to read a book. Makes a pretty picture. There isn't much else to it. Unfortunately they allow African immigrants to stand on all of the main bridges selling their wares. I wasn't heckled to buy anything, but it is still very off putting.

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Address: Address: Padua, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Padua  >  Padua

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