Prato della Valle
Prato della Valle
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  • Scott Dittmer
    102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Were heading to the botanical gardens and a flea market broke out!
    We happened upon this wonderous site while headed to the botanical gardens. As it happened, there was a HUGE open air flea market that filled the entire space. While we wandered through the various booths seeing what wares were being offered, we forgot to walk through the botanical gardens. The area was so full of energy and excitement, it was an experience just to watch and listen. Hopefully you'll get to experience the market but, if not, enjoy the gardens sine they're beautiful with the manicured grasses, water and bridges.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • puddleduck2
    Durham, United Kingdom1,796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and well used
    We stayed in town for a few days about a 5 minute walk from here. At various points of the day/night it was buzzing. There was a market, buskers, dancers and lots of people just chilling. On the Sunday we stayed there was some kind of military parade which was excellent. It was one of favourite places we passed walking back to our apartment.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Largest square in Padova
    Prato della Valle is the largest square in the city of Padua, with a surface area of 88620 square meters (over 950000 square foot). The current configuration dates back to the 18th century and is characterized by a central elliptical island, called Memmia island, surrounded by a canal on whose banks there is a double ring of 78 statues. A precise regulation established the rules for the creation of the statues: living people could not be portrayed, saints could not be portrayed, and all the characters portrayed had to have a connection with the city. In most cases they are university professors, artists, leaders or former rulers of the city. Some very famous people pictured include Antenore (the mythical founder of the city), writer Torquato Tasso, admiral Vettor Pisani, painter Andrea Mantegna, Pope Paul II (Pietro Barbo), Pope Eugene IV (Gabriele Condulmer), poet Ludovico Ariosto, poet Francesco Petrarca, scientist Galileo Galilei, Roman historian Titus Livius, Gustavus II Adolfus King of Sweden, Pope Alexander VIII (Pietro Ottoboni), Pope Clemens XIII (Carlo Rezzonico), sculptor Antonio Canova, writer and historian Francesco Guicciardini, John III Sobieski King of Poland, Francesco Morosini Doge of Venice. Unfortunately, on the day I visited, it was raining cats and dogs, so I could not fully appreciate.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 February 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,519 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Italy's largest square is just south of the old city. It has the form of an oval and is decorated with no less than 78 statues! During the 1630s the swampy area was turned into a theatre ground and a venue for mock battles on horseback. Musicians who cheered up the crowds of spectators are believed to be the precursors of what later evolved as opera.

During my visit there were lots of stalls where local delicacies were sold. Good to have a large space near the center where people can gather and relax or undertake other activities.
Written 16 September 2022
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Prato della Valle is the largest square in the city of Padua, with a surface area of 88620 square meters (over 950000 square foot).

The current configuration dates back to the 18th century and is characterized by a central elliptical island, called Memmia island, surrounded by a canal on whose banks there is a double ring of 78 statues. A precise regulation established the rules for the creation of the statues: living people could not be portrayed, saints could not be portrayed, and all the characters portrayed had to have a connection with the city. In most cases they are university professors, artists, leaders or former rulers of the city. Some very famous people pictured include
Antenore (the mythical founder of the city), writer Torquato Tasso, admiral Vettor Pisani, painter Andrea Mantegna, Pope Paul II (Pietro Barbo), Pope Eugene IV (Gabriele Condulmer), poet Ludovico Ariosto, poet Francesco Petrarca, scientist Galileo Galilei, Roman historian Titus Livius, Gustavus II Adolfus King of Sweden, Pope Alexander VIII (Pietro Ottoboni), Pope Clemens XIII (Carlo Rezzonico), sculptor Antonio Canova, writer and historian Francesco Guicciardini, John III Sobieski King of Poland, Francesco Morosini Doge of Venice.

Unfortunately, on the day I visited, it was raining cats and dogs, so I could not fully appreciate.
Written 28 February 2024
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Scott Dittmer
102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We happened upon this wonderous site while headed to the botanical gardens. As it happened, there was a HUGE open air flea market that filled the entire space. While we wandered through the various booths seeing what wares were being offered, we forgot to walk through the botanical gardens. The area was so full of energy and excitement, it was an experience just to watch and listen.

Hopefully you'll get to experience the market but, if not, enjoy the gardens sine they're beautiful with the manicured grasses, water and bridges.
Written 3 October 2023
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puddleduck2
Durham, UK1,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We stayed in town for a few days about a 5 minute walk from here.
At various points of the day/night it was buzzing. There was a market, buskers, dancers and lots of people just chilling.
On the Sunday we stayed there was some kind of military parade which was excellent.
It was one of favourite places we passed walking back to our apartment.
Written 18 October 2023
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Dgd
Lincolnshire, UK296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Large and interesting area, that had a few fruit and veg and clothing stalls at the town end. A few people around but was not busy to plenty of space to wander around, interesting buildings . One or two cafes to watch the world go by. Basilica about half a mile away and a large glass fronted supermarket and large car parking area.
Written 7 October 2020
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AMIA778
Seville, Spain1,495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Solo
I come to Padua regularly in the last 15 years and I always make sure that I visit on a Saturday for the market which takes place on Prato della Valle. On other days of the week, Prato della Valle is a great place for people watching and sitting down for a picnic. On Saturdays, it holds the best market in Italy. This is a market for the locals, hence the price is not tourist-price. I bought good quality cashmere and leather goods at a fraction of what I would have paid in US department stores. There are also interesting household products, haberdasheries, basic essential items, and endless choices for fashion items at very low prices. Padua has so much to see and do, it is well worth using this town as home-base for a few days to experience this lively town, shop at the fantastic Saturday market at Prato della Valle 10 minute walk away, and visit beautiful towns nearby (Venice, Vicenza, Verona, Laks Garda)
Written 12 November 2012
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Willow
Friday Harbor, WA8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
This place is in good reach by public transportation. Huge open.space in the middle of old town. That is it. We thought it looked ugly.
Written 30 January 2021
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Kristin
El Cerrito, CA370 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
One of the reasons I chose to add Padua to my itinerary was how beautiful this park looked with all the statues. Well I visited last month (late June 2014), and most of the statues were covered with scaffolding, the park was torn up with construction areas, barriers, equipment, it looks horrible. I expect it will be at LEAST a few months until the work is finished.
Written 16 July 2014
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cosmoPD
Padua, Italy19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
it's one of the biggest square in Europe. There is a market every Saturday morning, and other markets on other days of the week. Bars, stores, churches and you can go there by MetroBus (from the train station) or walk from the very centre of Padua.
Written 4 April 2012
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Natascia T
Padua, Italy20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Business
Prato della Valle is without any doubt not only one of the largest squares in Europe, but also one of the most beautiful ones in the world. The night vision is unforgettable.
Written 6 December 2014
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