Prato della Valle, Padua

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Take a breather from your tour of the city and watch the world go by at Prato della Valle, a 90 sq m (969 sq ft) elliptical square, the largest such public space in the country and one of the biggest in Europe. The square was built in 1775 on the site of what used to be a theater and fairground. The present layout includes a large central grassy area, which is surrounded by a statue-lined canal and a broad expanse of flagstones. On the weekends the square is the site of a popular market, but on all other days this space attracts joggers, cyclers, rollerbladers, and passing tourists stopping by for a quick rest and a few snapshots. The square is said to be at its most photogenic in the evening. Prato della Valle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Padua Edition.
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  • Take a stroll among the statues and under the old arcades. Meet Dante and don't forget to see the Museum of cinema in the Palazzo Angeli
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  • Beautiful place where you can walk stand enjoying a beautiful day. The wide open spaces give a soothing feeling. Worth a visit
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  • Here, women will find everything; Food, household goods, clothing and plants. You have done it to me especially. Despite the cloudy weather, many stalls were open until 18: 00. The market is up on Saturdays until 18: 00.
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  • This is second largest piazza in Europe. It is GORGEOUS! It is clean and full of people even though I visited it at winter. There is a circuit going around and people use it to skate, run or just even walk. I cannot wait to return during spring or summer time to see the nice colors of the vegetation. It was a lovely surprise to see this at our visit to Padova.
  • Amazing and relaxing place. Great for a picnic or just to lie in the grass. I really recommend to buy something on a market and have a picnic there.
  • Love the Saturday market with the entire ring filling with people and local products. Great In summer and spring for a picknik in the grass. Really enjoy the statue all around.
  • Padova green lung. One of the most beautiful place to relax and.. take a nap!
  • Nice historical place, suitable for taking your kids and pets then there's the cheap saturday market. One of the most important places in Padova
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