Cittadella Travel Guide

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Cittadella Things to Do

  • Porta Bassanese

    The North Gate, Porta Bassanese, was defended with five rows of arches closed by porticullises, two drawbridges and a moat linked to the main moat encircling the walls. The keep adjacent to the Porta Bassanesewas recntly made acessible by an interior stairway rising to the top where visitors can enjoy a magnificient panorama.

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  • Porta Padovana

    The South Gate, known as Porta Padovana, formed the main entrance to the town and an inscription, now abraded, welcomed travellers.A lateral gate in the middle of the gateway leads to the public gardens and then on to the West Gate (Porta Vicentina).

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  • Porta Trevisana

    Porta Trevisana, named after the town of Treviso, is the eastern gate to the town from the direction of Treviso. It is very monumental and best preserved gateway of the town.

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  • Santa Maria del Torresino

    Named after the adjoining tower (Torresino) and situated near the South Gate (Porta Padovana), according to tradition the church was built by soldiers at the same time as the castle.The foundations of an earlier bulding, probably the original structure, have been discovered in resent excavations. The paintings on the altars my not attain the...

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  • Palazzo Pretorio

    Palazzo Pretorio (Magistrates Hall) was recently reconstructe as the decentralised seat of the council offices. It represent the power of the Paduan State first and later of Venetian Republic.The interior reveals a remarkable wealth of recently discovered frescoes, while the exterior is best noted for the pink marble portal dating from 1500, with...

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  • Teatro Sociale

    The Community Theatre, designed by Giacomo Bauto, was built in 1811 and completed by F. Cibele. The building, with its simple and incomplete neo-classical facade, attributed to Giuseppe Iapelli (designer of Pedrocchi caffe in Padova), is based on nineteenth century theatrical design. The splendid fresco decorations of its interiors were crafted by...

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  • Il Duomo

    The cathedral was built between 1774 and 1826 by three eminent architects, Domenico Cerato designed the building's layout, Ottavio Scamozzi gave the temple its characteristic neo-Classical style, while Carlo Barera oversaw the building's completion.Worth of note is the sacristy of the cathedral with "Supper of Emmanus" by Jacopo de Ponte and "La...

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  • The Medieval Faire

    Held the fourth week of September each year, this colorful festival is a (sanitized I imagine) trip back to life in the Middle Ages. We did not have the opportunity to visit the Medieval Faire itself, but spent a few hours in Cittadella on the Sunday afternoon before festivities began. We enjoyed viewing the reenactors preparing for the week's...

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  • The Duomo

    You can't help but notice the duomo (cathedral) as you walk the ramparts, as it towers above any other structures in town. It's design dates to the 18th century, but its facade was not completed until 1913. It was closed on the Sunday afternoon of our visit to Cittadella.

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  • Walk the Wall

    Cittadella's picturesque wall is marvelously preserved and/or restored. A walk around the top of the wall affords excellent views of the town, inside and outside the wall, as well as the distant mountains.

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  • Walk through the huge and interesting...

    There are three main gates into the walled old town. They are massive and you can see how they worked as defensive structures. It is from these gates that you find the two entrances for hiking along the walls. One gate includes a small, but nice, museum. You can see the curvature of an old spiral staircase from the interior of one of the gates....

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  • Interesting architecture on top of walls

    The top of the walls is made with a lot of red-fired brick. Some areas are open and others have arches. The brick and arches form very strong visual lines and can almost make you dizzy.

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Cittadella Restaurants

  • Osteria tipica

    Sorry I can't offer a lot of details regarding our visit to this exciting find - hard to remember the finer points after two years. What I do remember: we were quite hungry, unable to find an inexpensive little neighborhood type place on a Sunday afternoon, so decided to give this taverna a try. The result - another of the many extraordinary dining...

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  • Upscale Restaurant

    This upscale restaurant placed within the fortified walls is found on the Bassano side of the city.Entrance is through a walkway inside the wall, and the glassed portico welcomes diners with the feel of New York rather than old Italy.The decor is quite nice, and reflect in the prices.Apparently this is one of 4 other restaurants owned by the...

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  • Sushi In Cittadella

    The owner has created the feel of a sushi restaurant, with a nice view of the fortified wall and the canal. The furnishing are modern, and everything seems clean and well kept. You arrive from the street, but take an elevator down to canal side. I have included two shots of the menu, so that you can see the prices and what they offer. They have a...

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Cittadella Transportation

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    by painterdave Written Jul 23, 2012

    There is parking to be found just outside the city wall, on the north side. YOU CANNOT DRIVE INSIDE THE WALLS: There is a parking machine located at the entrance to the wall. There is a barrier to stop you from driving inside. Only the locals have a key for it.
    There is also free parking located across the street in the residential area.

    You Gotta Pay!
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Cittadella Shopping

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    by painterdave Written Jul 23, 2012

    Located throughout Italy are shops that present items from around the world. When you buy these items you are helping struggling people, who need a boost in their economy. In the United States a lot of these shops furnish items mainly from South America, but here in Italy you will find things from Africa, and the Southern Asian Islands.
    Cittadella has a nice small shop and it is always interesting to visit one of these and think about helping others who will never have the chance to be a tourist.....

    doorway of shop sign outside of museum/shop
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    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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Cittadella Warnings and Dangers

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    by painterdave Written Jul 23, 2012

    Take a look at the photo and you will see the local police who are in pairs on foot to ensure your safety and the tranquility of the city.
    The city is well lighted at night and you should not have to worry about your safety in Cittadella.

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