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Prato della Valle, Padua
(4.5/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The place is huge and on Saturdays there is a huge market where you can find everything, including local products. At the Center is a park where you can relax after long walks. To see!
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  • How not to lose this visit. Visit the second largest square in Europe and with it the adjacent and the beautiful Basilica of santa Giustina.
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  • Surprised by the size of this huge square and by the beauty and care of his statues and the Canal that runs through it!
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  • The biggest square in Europe is beautiful going back there
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  • This is a bed and breakfast not the square. Care to give the score
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  • Very snug in its charm ... To try!
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  • The largest square in Europe and don't miss the new year's Eve Fireworks and ferragosto
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  • Beautiful ... ...
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