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Prato della Valle Tours

The largest public square in Italy is in the city of Padua, although Prato della Valle is much more of an oval than a proper square. The huge space of more than 96,800 square feet (9,000 square meters) has an island in the middle that's surrounded by a canal that has rows of statues on either side. This was once a swampy area, but in the late 18th century, a drainage system was installed and the piazza took on its present look.
There are 78 statues in the Prato della Valle set in two rings, including one dedicated to the man whose idea it was to drain the swamp and build the piazza. There are bridges over the canal so people can walk to the island – Isola Memmia. It's often the site of local festivals.

Practical Info

The Prato della Valle is located south of Padua's city center, near the botanical garden at the university.

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Small-Group Padua Walking Tour Including Giotto Frescoes, Padua, null

Small-Group Padua Walking Tour Including Giotto Frescoes

Discover this beautiful town not far from Venice and discover the amazing frescoes from the Italian master Giotto at the Scrovegni Chapel and visit one of the ...  Read more

Location: Padova, Italy
Duration: 2 to 7 hrs

From USD $113.65
Private Padua Walking Tour, Padua, Cultural Tours

Private Padua Walking Tour

Padua is a beautiful town in the Veneto region located 40 kilometers (25 miles) West of Venice, easily reachable by high speed trains in approx. 30 minutes. ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $357.70

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