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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. Put Prato della Valle at the forefront of your travel plans using our Padua holiday planner.
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  • A square living sitting on the lawn and enjoy a nice sunny day like it happened to us.
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  • On Sunday that I spent there was a crowd of people. Whole families were your picnic, kids running about all means of locomotion, boyfriends, etc, etc, etc and of course the African faithful sellers of trinkets. A sight for sore eyes. It's worth it. But it's only on Sundays
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  • a show ... ... the statues in perfect condition are very the circumference of the square then Green does surround the all the trees then bring out the summer
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  • 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!
  • Beautiful place. Padova is a city who had many famous scholars such as a Galileo. One of the best universities in the world and some good dessert
  • Famous place for its church , garden and near by famous market of clothing , where you can purchase cheap clothing stuff . It is touristic area of padova
  • This Square is enormous if you look around on 360 degrees you have plenty of beautiful Palace to see .On Saturday big market occupies all the piazza
  • One of the best place in the world. It's a square but it's elliptical, it's a place but it's a garden, it's a market but there's a river. A couple of the statues are great hits by Antonio Canova... good luck to find them!