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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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  • Nice. Well worth the visit. Clean tidy. In a city that offers many things to visit. This worth it.-
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  • One of the best things to see in Padua in my opinion. Too bad the market (though a lady told me that is permanently) because it takes away the obstructed the view of perspective resulting houses around. Anyway turn it is really enjoyable.
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  • As others have written, Prato Della Valle is a great place to visit. Beautiful large trees and lawn areas make for a perfect place to picnic, rest and relax. We walked here but saw trams regularly com...  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!

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A convenient base for trips to and from Venice and the surrounding countryside, Padua is packed with good-value hostels and B&Bs, minutes away from the city's main tourist sites. Offering more than just simple comfort and good food, centrally located hotel chains boast numerous modern amenities, such as fitness centers. Another option in the heart of town, self-catering apartments offer secure parking and access to private yards, ideal for summer parties and quiet dinners.
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