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Prato della Valle, Padua

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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. Put Prato della Valle at the forefront of your travel plans using our Padua holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Prato Della Valle is a real wonder, not to be missed. One of the biggest squares in Europe is filled with history and to check all the statues and their stories is like reading a history book. Plus so...  more »
  • I love this place. I come here often and every time I found something wonderful and peaceful in this square. It's huge but every corner is charming. Love love love it.  more »
  • Visited here with the family after exploring the area. Quick visit, we took some pictures, relaxed a bit. This is one of the largest squares in Europe and it has a bit of history surrounding it. Defin...  more »
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  • Amazing historic place. Perfect location to arrange meetings with friends. Every Saturday there's a big market taking place where u can buy cheaper fruits, vegetables, plants, clothes, household goods or even some random interesting stuff.
  • Such lively place! I lost count of the variety of food I tried. Fresh and delicious. And the location is like cherry on top!
  • Only passed through briefly on way to Basilica of St. Anthony but it looks very impressive.
  • Was here with my cousin, relaxed and enjoyed 10 minutes under a tree recharging.
  • I have never seen such a big square in my life. All the sculptures were very unique and vivid. This place is an absolute beauty!