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Prato della Valle

Padua, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 84 Attractions in Padua
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

90,000 square meter elliptical square...surrounded by 78 statues (the plan was for 88) is really a large space for the people to walk and sit around. But even on a sunny Sunday, not to many,but a lot on market day, when you can't see anything of the place. Started in 1635, and taking over in 1775 by Andrea Memmo, the... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were in Padua Saturday and Sunday. There was a market in this piazza on Saturday and a truck show on Sunday. So it was not possible to see or enjoy the piazza. What a waste of beautity, landmark and history

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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The area has a series of statues around the outside which were being cleaned when we were there. The splendour of them and the central fountain is wonderful. There is a large market on a Saturday which was lovely with good quality goods and very little 'Rubbish goods'

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Haifa, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This 200+ years old plaza has it all: water, a fountain, 78 statues, grass, trees and a lot of room to stroll, sit and enjoy this huge square (the largest in Italy). There's plenty of food places around it. When we were there on a Saturday there was a all-of-everything market surrounding the square. It's easy to walk there from... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Situated at the Southern end of town this green area and its surround is used as a general market on Saturdays and an antique market on the last Sunday of each month. It is a lovely and romantic spot to walk around at night along the statue lined moat before having that final ice-cream from the Gelateria at the top... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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61 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

There are so many beautiful treasures to see in Padua I would skip this if I was short on time. It was not what I expected to see and was left disappointed. It's vast and has lots of statues water features etc. but there is something missing (cool landscaping) and it lacks atmosphere. The surrounding architecture is nice but again... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a huge and verdant square, with an impressive array of statues. Not worth going out of your way to visit, but as it's close to the Basilica di Sant'Antonio you may as well walk the extra hundred yards from the basilica to reach the square.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

A beautiful place, with a lot of nature and italian architecture around you. Love going there and read a book, so relaxing!

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Rio de Janeiro
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very nice place to walk, jogging, see or walk-trough, but not my favorite place in Padova. There is nothing there, unless yopu like a lot of concrete, with a Big Church been rebuilted and closed at lunch time ( 12- 15 PM),

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were unlucky to visit it at the weekend and a lot of shopping spoiled the impression. It was impossible to see the whole square.

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