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“An outstanding astronomic clock tower”
Review of Piazza dei Signori

Piazza dei Signori
Ranked #10 of 374 things to do in Padua
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
310 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
“An outstanding astronomic clock tower”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

The square is a normal one, perhaps above average considering the history but in my opinion " Prato della valle" is better. The thing that makes this place one of the most beautiful location I have ever seen is the, functioning, astronomic clock tower that watches over the square. The tower is a perfect reconstruction of the original that perished under the fire. The investigative eye will find that among the signs of the Zodiac the sign of Libra is missing. This is due to the fact that the astronomy of the clock is based on the pre-Roman zodiac system where the constellations of Scorpio and Libra were merged into one.

Visited May 2013
5 Thank Andrea D
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“Find it here!”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

A wonderful shopping experience whether for fruit, flowers, leather goods or clothes and the chance to sit and enjoy street life at one of the many excellent coffee shops surrounding the piazza. Stall holders so friendly and a delight to deal with.

Visited November 2012
4 Thank merealan
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San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful lively piazza in a beautiful town”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I am a regular visitor to Padua and I always enjoy people watching at Piazza dei Signori. There are the lively fruit and vegetable markets in the morning, lots of cafes/bakeries/restaurants right on the piazza, and lots of family strolling with young children in the late afternoon and evening. One also finds good eats at the food stands right on the piazza. This piazza is a wonderful slice of Italian life any time of the day.
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)

Visited September 2012
5 Thank AshleySFCA
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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137 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“The place to see and be seen”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

How often do you get to have a cocktail in a medieval piazza, with a light breeze and perfect light?

Visited September 2012
2 Thank lorabaum
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Northwich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Padova live and kicking.”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

The best time to visit the P. dei Signori is as dusk falls. The square's tables and chairs become filled with young (and more mature) Padovani talking, laughing and enjoying their spritzes, musicians busk and street vendors ply their wares, the ice-cream shops do a roaring trade and taxis and scooters wend their way through the groups of merry-makers. It is THE place to while away an hour or two before or after eating (at, we would recommend, the Rosso Pomodoro). We like the free crisps that accompany the reasonably priced drinks, the lack of pressure on spending more than the cost of one drink and the (apparent) lack of concern over how long you sit with your one drink, even if it is just a bottle of water. Incidentally' a Spritz (made with Aperol) is the typical aperitivo of Padua and, having a somewhat sharp tang, is an (readily in my case) acquired taste! We found the little ice-cream shop two doors away from the Grom outlet to serve bigger, better and cheaper than its illustrious neighbour. If you want to sample the true Italian life, then this is the place to go in Padua!

Visited August 2012
3 Thank rakersfield
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