Villa Ca’ Nave and Oratory of the Saviour

Located along the road which leads from the town centre to Padova the villa consists in a main building with octagonal wings and two crenellated towers. Soon after getting the noble title of the Republic of Venice Bernardo Nave decided to renovate his weekend cottage and to build a mausoleum…

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Monastery San Francesco

Monastery San Francesco

The monastery of the Franciscan Fathers was built around 1481 and has always been a very active spiritual centre. The beautiful cloister was built around a simple belltower. It has porticoes on two sides with interesting sailceilings in its interiors. The church has but one nave, three altars with altar…

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Church of San Donato

Church of San Donato

The ancient baptismal church of San Donato is located just about two km down south of Cittadella along the road that leads to Padova. This ancient place of worship turnt into the first Christian church of a large district as from the sixth century on, playing a key role all…

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The city walls

The city walls

The city walls of Cittadella are a rare example of medieval means of defense with a still practicable, perfectly preserved parapet walk. As a matter of fact it is one of the most beautiful means of defense in Europe. The walls’ circumference is 1461 meters, its height 14 meters, the…

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The Church of Saint Mary of the Turret

The Church of Saint Mary of the Turret

The church butted against the walls next to the Padova Gate is named after the only wedge-shaped turret in the entire boundary walls, which from the very beginning had been transformed into a bell-tower. An interesting wooden crucifix can be admired in the interior of the Church, while its side…

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Tower of Malta and Civic Archaeological Museum

Tower of Malta and Civic Archaeological Museum

The mighty building on the inside of the Padova Gate is the so called “Torre di Malta”, built in 1251 by Ezzelino III of Romano, the despotic ruler of the area, as a prison for his enemies. The fortress obtained a terrible reputation in those days, because of the atrocities…

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Padova Gate (Soutern gate)

Padova Gate (Soutern gate)

The Padova Gate was once the main entrance to Cittadella. Frescoes (the cart of the Carraresi and the coat of arms of Padova – a red cross on a white field) stand out on the outside walls. The complex consists of 3 gates and a large arms court with a…

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Bassano Gate (Northern gate)

Bassano Gate (Northern gate)

This gate is the most fortified and important part of the ramparts. It constituted the extreme defense of the community and was therefore isolated even towards the town centre by a moat which was ingeniously connected with the outer moat. It consisted in a system of 5 gates, 3 towards…

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Theatre

Theatre

The theatre rises along the street to the western gate. It was designed by Giacomo Bauto in 1817 and completed by Francesco Cibele. The elegant neoclassical façade is ascribed to Giuseppe Japelli, author, among other things, of the famous Caffè Pedrocchi in Padova. The theatre is organised according to 19th…

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