Prato della Valle

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Padua, Italy

Prato della Valle Padua Reviews

Maurizioago Maurizio…
574 reviews
Prato della Valle. Feb 02, 2018
This square is said to be the second largest square in the world. At its centre there is a elliptical grassy island (isola Memmia). It is surrounded by a canal crossed by four stone bridges and lined by a 78 statues representing famous people.

Originally this square housed a Roman theatre and later a fairground. Then it deteriorated into a swamp. In 1775 it was transformed into a 22 acre park.

Various events are held in Prato della Valle; even a open air market every saturday. Every third sunday of the month a antiquity market is scheduled there.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Nice walking area Apr 03, 2011
Prato della Valle is the key area for your evening walks and general people-watching place in Padua. It’s situated at the very end of the city centre and not too far from the city’s main sights.

The combination of the water and the statues is rather lovely. For some reason, the area is very welcoming and encloses you in as you walk through it (for example, like the area near St Peter’s in Rome). It is possible to lie on the grass here, there are various seating areas and the area also has some markets which spring up during the daytime.

All in all, a very nice place to come by if you are in Padua!
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