Palazzo della Ragione

Palazzo della Ragione, Padua

Palazzo della Ragione
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,675 contributions
Palazzo della Ragione is a must see, a miraculous place painted with beautiful frescoes. The beautiful Palazzo della Ragione it was a place for medieval market hall, town hall and palace of justice building. The upper floor was dedicated to the town and justice administration, while the ground floor still hosts the historical cover market of the city. The Palace divides the two so-called "twin-squares", picturesque Piazza della Frutta and Piazza delle Erbe, where still today the market takes place as in the Middle Ages. The palace was built at the beginning of the 13th century and originally served as a court building in Padua. Along the open loggia on both sides are many dealers and around both squares we can experience daily market activity. All day on Saturdays and during the week in the morning, merchants exposing their wares here. The huge market around the Palazzo della Ragione is one of the biggest in northern Italy, and again reflects well the former glory of the free trading city of Padua. Inside the Palazzo della Ragione, a number of shops and stores are located on the ground floor. The large and magnificent hall on the first floor is completely painted with astrological and religious frescoes from the 15th century and is often used for exhibitions. Originally dedicated to the commerce of a wide selection of food, clothes, spices and jewels, it is today mostly active in the food and beverage sector. Another sight to visit in the palace is the "stone of shame" that once stood outside the courthouse and on which debtors were humiliated.
Written September 2, 2021
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Dgd
Lincolnshire, UK260 contributions
The very large hall with 330 frescoes and Trojan horse that was later used in a play. Quite stunning and will excite the senses. The ships keel roof must be one of the largest that is unsupported. So much to admire, skill and majestic. A real treasure in Oadova
Written February 11, 2022
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Denny S
Gothenburg, Sweden169 contributions
This is a spectacular building also called "il Salone", it served as the city court/market hall in the Middle Ages and it still serves as a place of trade because the ground floor hosts, since 800 years ago, the historical covered market of the city, the "Sotto il Salone". It's likely to be the oldest market in the European Union. The upper storey is surrounded by an open loggia by Palladio. The interior consists of the largest medieval hall that exists today. The whole room is covered with frescoes with mainly astrological motives. The fresco cycles inside the palace were recently selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Written October 28, 2021
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Vlaho L
Dubrovnik, Croatia12 contributions
A must-see in Padua, so visit this spectacular building positioned between the Piazza della Frutta and Piazza delle Erbe, which served as the city court but still for more than 800 years as a covered market, the oldest in Europe. Take a seat a browse the many, many ... frescoes around you and enjoy this unique interior surrounding. If you're there in the morning, lower yourself to the market and focus your view on Italy's finest of food, cheese, pasta, salami ... and enjoy a great local meal at pasta shop inside the market.
Written November 30, 2021
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Normanta
London, UK530 contributions
Business
The ground level arcades of the 13th century Palazzo dell Ragione are filled with food stalls – mainly butchers as far as I could see. The splendid gallery or loggia looks down over the market stalls on the piazza but to get up there involves a challenging set of steps. The day of my visit there was a dental manufacturer’s conference taking place so that visitors were restricted. I thought there was an impassioned political speech going on inside but it was simply some guy making a presentation that featured coloured slides of assorted teeth, gums and cavities. But the Salone or Great Hall in which this was taking place certainly meets that definition with a length of over 80 metres and over 20 metres wide. There are fine set of frescoes around the walls.
I’m glad I tackled the steps.
Written June 13, 2015
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Frank Geisler 🇨🇭
Zurich, Switzerland13,151 contributions
Family
You can't miss this impressive building in the historical center of Padua - and you shouldn't!

It separates at least two main squares and markets which were and still are very busy and highly frequented by traders of fruits (on the North) and herbs (on the South).

Entrance fees are more than reasonable and it's definitely worth a visit.
Written July 22, 2017
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esandespdx
Portland, OR160 contributions
Couples
Head to this spot in the historic center of the city not only to admire the building and art, but to visit one of the best food markets in Italy. The Palazzo della Ragione house several arcades of food markets, flanked by the two outdoor markets -- Piazza delle Erbe and Pazza dei Frutti -- offering the finest fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses you'll ever see. A visit will make you want to rent an apartment in Padova just to shop here and cook your meals from what you buy at the market.
Written February 15, 2014
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
The Ragione palace was built as a medieval town hall in Padova's central sq in 12/13 century.
It's a striking building even today, with many arches on the front facade, and a huge column supported roof on the first floor housing terrific medieval frescoes. Worth paying few Euros to access it.
The ground archway houses many small establishments selling Italian cheese, Parma ham, souvenirs, etc.
Written August 24, 2019
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ElmoAbroad
Derby, UK78 contributions
Solo
There was an architecture exhibition on when I went so the admission was ten Euros - to be honest I wasn't interested in the exhibit but more the building. The exterior collonades and terrace are very beautiful and the interior is very unique, with a huge wooden roof which reminded me of similar buildings in Scandinavia. The interior is decorated floor to ceiling in frescos which are in good condition. The entry was a bit steep to be honest, the exhibition was weak - but I was glad I saw the inside.
Written June 8, 2019
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,095 contributions
This two storey building has so much history and beauty within, the lower level of the building contains food stalls and the upper floor contains the amazing frescoes. On the day of our visit it was raining and we found it difficult to find the entry to the upper floor, of course it was on the last corner of the building we came to. There is a long staircase that takes you up to a covered verandah with a beautiful ceiling, inside the hall has magnificent frescoes, we were fortunate to be greeted by an elderly Italian gentleman who appeared to be a volunteer, who offered assistance at what to see, how to use the interactive computer panels to learn about the many features of the building. At the time of our visit there was a sculpture exhibition in progress which we were not interested in but still had to pay the additional cost with the Padova card to enter the upper floor.
Written January 15, 2011
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