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Prato della Valle

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“small canal”(9 reviews)
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Not too far from the church of Santa Antonio and at the end of Via Roma this is a breathtaking open piazza. Prato, I think means meadow or lawn. A rotunda complete with wonderful statues and restaurants and cafes on the edges it is a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tom273
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Large elliptical area rather than a square. Lovely place to walk around, with a fountain and an abundance of statues of important people in the history of Padua.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Linda G
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Shame we came on Saturday, the park was surrounded with all the market Van's, cant take a good photo. I'm sure it would of been nice but it's quite peaceful out here.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Didn't get much of of this place. Yes, there are a lot of statues, and the square is Europe's second largest, but except for that; nothing to really remember.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kari1959_09
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We visited when a special event was going on so the place was a buzz with people and sound. The buildings facing the Prato are wonderful.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Absolutly extrodinary and I am not sure of its origin or purpose, other than a lovely green space enhanced by fountains waterways, bridges and sculptures. A nice place to people watch on a warm evening as the sun sets.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

If you visit Padua on a Saturday there is a large market taking place in the Prato della Ville. It lasts all day and is very popular. The goods for sale include: plants, cut flowers, clothes, footwear, household goods and food. It is one of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lesley S
Reviewed September 26, 2018

This came as a pleasant surprise when visiting the basilicas. There's not a lot to say about it - it's just a pleasant place to be. There are two tram stops at either end of the Prato making it easy to reach from anywhere in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

One of the largest squares in Europe and impressive to see in person. The statues around the outside make it even more special place to take a stroll.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

If you come to Padua, you must visit Prato de la Valle, during the day and during the night. Its a pedestrian zone, very nice and relaxing, with a park around the river and full of statues from the ancient times. You can practice sport...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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March 8, 2018|
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Response from joycep883 | Reviewed this property |
. First, let me put this into perspective. I am 65. It takes 20 minutes by train for somewhere around 14 euro pp round trip to Padova. Then around $1.50 euro ticket on the tram outside the train station to market or Saint... More
September 4, 2015|
Response from alessandrobK9556DV | Reviewed this property |
Dear Copycats every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7.00 pm prato della valle square is animated by market. also every 3rd sunday of every month you can be attracted by a "portobello market" where a lot of antiquities and old... More
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Question on Prato della Valle Saturday market (5 Replies)
We will be spending a week in Padua in early October, staying in an apartment near the Piazza delle Erbe. We hope to visit that and other nearby markets often! Would we expect to find different merchandise at the Prato della Valle market on Saturday? Or would it mainly be a repeat of items we could find in the daily markets? (We will not be there for the monthly antiques market.) Shopping is not, of course, our main reason for visiting. But we do like to walk through lively markets when the...More
August 16, 2015|
Response fromloremat|
Hi. The Saturday market in Prato della Valle, is very large and there are stands of all kinds; clothing, accessories, shoes, household linen, gardening, food etc. A true bazaar located in one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Europe. It's definitely worth a visit.
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Padua first report (8 Replies)
Padua trip report.  We are having a very nice time. It's a mixture of work and play with an emphasis on the play part. We arrived Thursday night after a long day of travel with few problems. The car service was waiting as hoped and we were quickly in Padua. The hotel the Belludi 37 is very small with no frills but super nice staff. It's located in a nice part of town by the Basilica and Prato Della Valle which I loved and  about a 15 minute walk to the university Bo. We wondered...More
June 09, 2012|
Response fromceccoman|
Lovely report! Thanks for sharing. Could you see the medieval market stalls in Piazza dei Frutti?
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New Years eve in Padova (3 Replies)
Hi, we are planing to go to Padova on December 31. to have a newyears eve celebration there. Where is the celebration being held? In Prato della Valle maybe? thanks, Ivan
December 09, 2009|
Response fromceccoman|
You guessed right :) Usually music and fireworks are arranged in Prato della Valle.