Supported by stories of arches, the medieval town hall of Ragione Palace contains one of the largest roofs unsupported by columns in Europe. Finished in 1219, the building contains 333 panels and three tiers of frescoes. The building also contains the Stone of Shame, where debtors were made to stand in their underwear and hit their bottom three times. There's also a wooden horse statue carved by Annibale Capodilista to be used in jousts. After admiring the impressive building and its art, visit several floors of food stalls within, as well as the food markets flanking the building outside. Using our world travel planner, Padua attractions like Ragione Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very beautiful, majestic medieval building. Located in the Centre of Padua, close to the Duomo between two squares-fruits and herbs.
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  • I improvised a tourist in my own city, for aiutrae at least I hope so, non padovani, also loves my fellow citizens distracted by a thousand sorrows, to visit places I will not expand beyond I chose the places that attract me more, with the Council to visit the other
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  • 6 euro would have annoyed us entry, but we had a reduction as a retiree. Still "only" a huge Hall with wall paintings and the story of the wooden horse. Had expected more.
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  • Unique and beautiful monument to civic power and institutions in the Renaissance.
  • The Palazzo della Ragione, also known as the Palladian Basilica, in honor of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who designed around the existing building the famous lodges
  • Great hall! The entrance is very cheap.
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  • Impressive Palace on top of this, why not eat some fresh fruits from the nearby market?

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