Padova and its ‘Piazze’

The heartbeat of the City

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Padua not only has a patron saint who is referred to solely as ‘Il Santo’ – there is no need to add the ‘Antonio’ – it also has a central group of city squares that are simply known as ‘Le Piazze’. The beating heart of the city, these comprise Piazza della Frutta, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, forming a particularly atmospheric sequence of urban spaces that must have been photographed millions of times. The entire composition centres around the Palazzo della Ragione, built in 1218. The market stalls spread out round the three squares add a further note of colour, plus a rich array of inviting odours.

Discover the tour between the squares: click here.

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