CITTADELLA TRAVEL GUIDE - HOTEL
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Cittadella is a fortified medieval town founded in the 13th century (1220 BC) at the time of the communes, as the military outpost of the city of Padua.
Today CITTADELLA is a city of about 20,000 inhabitants in the province of Padua, which develops on about 36 sq. Km to 48 mt. on the sea level.
It is one of the most populated cities in Padua and is just over 30 km from Padua.
THE WALL CITY
The main monument is certainly the city wall: the walkway and the parapet walkway are fully accessible from 8 June 2013, the day when the restoration of the walls was completed.
The walls of Cittadella are the only ones in Europe to have an elliptical medieval guard walk, with a diameter of about 450 meters, developed at approximately 1400 meters, at an average height of 14 meters, with peaks of 30 meters In the towers and a width of 30 meters for a thickness of 10.
The four doors that correspond to approximately 4 cardinal points are also part of the restoration.
Cittadella, along with the city of Montagnana, is one of the best examples of Veneto medieval fortifications and it is worth walking around the parapet walkway, open all year round and managed by the local Tourist Office IAT
March, October 9: 00-17: 00 solar time / 9: 00-18: 00 summer time
April, May, September 9: 00-19: 00
June, July, August 9: 00-20: 00 (on weekends until 9:00 pm)
LAST ENTRANCE ONE HOUR BEFORE CLOSING
IN THE PARAPET WALKWAY CAN NOT ENTER DOGS AND CHILDREN IN STROLLER
Among the most important sites to visit within the walls:
- DUOMO, MUSEUM AND PINACOTECA: The Cathedral, built between the 18th and 19th centuries, preserves in the sacristy a picture gallery with paintings by important painters, such as Jacopo da Ponte [La Cena in Emmaus] and Palma il Giovane [The Flagellation]. In the bell tower there is an interesting museum of sacred art with objects of liturgical use from various eras.
- TORRE DI MALTA AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Cited by Dante in his Divine Comedy, the fortress was famous for being one of the hardest prisons of the time. In its halls today is the Civic Archaeological Museum, with collections of archaeological finds from the Bronze Age to the late Renaissance.
- BASSANESE GATE: Entrance to the tour of the walls, inside there is the Casa del Capitano with frescoes of various eras of the various seigniories that have dominated over Cittadella.
INSIDE THE WALL YOU CAN VISIT:
PALAZZO DEL MUNICIPIO
PALAZZO DELLA LOGGIA
CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL TORRESINO
OUTSIDE THE WALL:
CHIESA DI S. LUCIA DI BRENTA
VILLA CA’ NAVE E L’ORATORIO DEL SALVATORE
CONVENTO DI SAN FRANCESCO
PIEVE DI SAN DONATO
what to eat in CITTADELLA
Polenta is the queen of the city's cuisine, also in its dessert version ("La Polentina di Cittadella" cake). Dishes based on game and river fish characterize the most traditional dishes. Among the typical products are Grana Padano and Asiago cheese, Variegated Radicchio, yellow or white polenta.