Prato della Valle
Prato della Valle
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Denny S
Gothenburg, Sweden184 contributions
Oct 2021
It is difficult to rate this really because it is unique and unlike anything else. The elliptical square is the largest in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. In the middle, there is a park area, l'isola Memmia, surrounded by a small canal bordered by two rings of statues. There are 78 statues, 40 in the outer ring and 38 in the inner. The statues depict important people who have been connected to Padua in some way such as the artist Andrea Mantegna, the poet Francesco Petrarca, Scientist Gallileo Galilei, the sculptor Antonio Canova, various popes and many others. Four beautiful bridges lead across the canal. Around the square are several palaces and residential buildings that were built between the 14th and the 18th centuries. At the southern end of the square is the huge church Basilica di Santa Giustina. It's a very nice place indeed, but in my opinion, it lacks a bit of identity. It can not really decide what it wants to be. A square? A park? A monument? The size also makes it look a bit deserted.
Written October 28, 2021
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rosannt2016
72 contributions
Sep 2019
The first time I visited this park I was 15 years old and vowed to return every time I went to Italy. Now I am almost 60 I kept my word and it remains one of my favourite places in the world.
You can have a picnic, you can play music, you can play soccer, you can read, or just walk around and enjoy the statues.
Written May 28, 2020
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Olivia P
Canberra, Australia9 contributions
Oct 2019
If you want to experience an authentic Italian city that hasn’t been taken over by Tourism, go to Padua. 37 minute travel time to Venice. Trains between. Spend a day here. Great way to spend an afternoon sitting in the sun in the park. Relaxing and beautiful. Keep away from the Italian smokers
Written September 13, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,652 contributions
Oct 2021
Italy's largest square is just south of the old city. It has the form of an oval and is decorated with no less than 78 statues! During the 1630s the swampy area was turned into a theatre ground and a venue for mock battles on horseback. Musicians who cheered up the crowds of spectators are believed to be the precursors of what later evolved as opera.

During my visit there were lots of stalls where local delicacies were sold. Good to have a large space near the center where people can gather and relax or undertake other activities.
Written September 16, 2022
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Dgd
Lincolnshire, UK281 contributions
Sep 2020
Large and interesting area, that had a few fruit and veg and clothing stalls at the town end. A few people around but was not busy to plenty of space to wander around, interesting buildings . One or two cafes to watch the world go by. Basilica about half a mile away and a large glass fronted supermarket and large car parking area.
Written October 7, 2020
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AMIA778
Seville, Spain1,139 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
I come to Padua regularly in the last 15 years and I always make sure that I visit on a Saturday for the market which takes place on Prato della Valle. On other days of the week, Prato della Valle is a great place for people watching and sitting down for a picnic. On Saturdays, it holds the best market in Italy. This is a market for the locals, hence the price is not tourist-price. I bought good quality cashmere and leather goods at a fraction of what I would have paid in US department stores. There are also interesting household products, haberdasheries, basic essential items, and endless choices for fashion items at very low prices. Padua has so much to see and do, it is well worth using this town as home-base for a few days to experience this lively town, shop at the fantastic Saturday market at Prato della Valle 10 minute walk away, and visit beautiful towns nearby (Venice, Vicenza, Verona, Laks Garda)
Written November 12, 2012
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Willow
Friday Harbor, WA10 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
This place is in good reach by public transportation. Huge open.space in the middle of old town. That is it. We thought it looked ugly.
Written January 30, 2021
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Kristin
El Cerrito, CA367 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
One of the reasons I chose to add Padua to my itinerary was how beautiful this park looked with all the statues. Well I visited last month (late June 2014), and most of the statues were covered with scaffolding, the park was torn up with construction areas, barriers, equipment, it looks horrible. I expect it will be at LEAST a few months until the work is finished.
Written July 16, 2014
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cosmoPD
Padua, Italy21 contributions
Mar 2012 • Friends
it's one of the biggest square in Europe. There is a market every Saturday morning, and other markets on other days of the week. Bars, stores, churches and you can go there by MetroBus (from the train station) or walk from the very centre of Padua.
Written April 4, 2012
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Natascia T
Padua, Italy17 contributions
Dec 2014 • Business
Prato della Valle is without any doubt not only one of the largest squares in Europe, but also one of the most beautiful ones in the world. The night vision is unforgettable.
Written December 6, 2014
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