Walled cities in the province of Padua

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Do not miss the spectacular event of the Giostra della Rocca in Monselice at the beginning of September. Between the end of August and the beginning of September, Montagnana hosts the Palio dei 10 Comuni. 

We start with Padua itself which preserves precious evidence of the city walls built starting from 1195, while the renaissance walls from the early 1500s are almost entirely preserved. 

In the south-western part of the province we find Monselice with its Federician Rocca fortress, which boasts a rich collection of weapons and armour, and the Torre Civica of XIII. Then Este, famous for its production of ceramics, with its Piazza Maggiore where you'll find the Palazzo del Municipio and the Palazzo degli Scaligeri, the Cathedral that has a distinctive elliptical layout with eight lateral chapels and a large altarpiece by Tiepolo and the Atestino National Museum that collects testimonies of the ancient Venetians.

The beautiful Montagnana, which has kept its city walls that run for almost two kilometres intact, houses the sixteenth century cathedral in its historic centre. with important works including the "Transfiguration" by Veronese, while Villa Pisani represents one of the rare projects by the architect Palladio in the Padua region.

To the north of Padua is Cittadella, the only village in Europe with an elliptical layout, where you can walk the ancient parapet walkway, which is 1160m long, while in Camposampiero only two towers of the ancient city walls remain, but the structure can still be traced in the route of the moats.

Padua is home to the oldest university botanical garden in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In continuous evolution, this great garden of biodiversity will not fail to amaze you with its 7000 specimens of 3500 botanical species.