Montagnana Travel Guide

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Montagnana Things to Do

  • Palazzo Magnavian-Foratti

    Montagnana is hidden gem inside the walls of pretty big proportions, small town but very enjoyble for exploring. There are so many nice spots inside the walls and most of the very well preserved. Some of the medieval palaces are of the exceptional beauty, in particularly this one called Magnavian-Foratti.

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  • Chiesa di San Francesco

    Wherever we go around Italy there will be either church, either monastery or the convent of the Virgin Marry or San Francis. I like the churches dedicated to San Francesco, which is original name for San Francis, because such a church is usually modest even if big in its proportions. I wish all churches to be modest like that, serving to the people...

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  • Porta Legnago

    The gate driving to the road to Legnago is the most fortificated of the town.At least 5 orders of doors (some sliding from the top and still in place) where in place to stop the offenders... If they already succeded in crossing the moat, of course!

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  • The Duomo

    The Duomo, or the main church of the town, dates at around 15th century. The construction lasted about 70 years... and that explains a few stylistical diffrences across the building...It's located in the central Square, ina very open and scenic position.A good place to show its simple elegance

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  • Duomo

    After the lamentations by Borazzi, the Bishop of Padova, who wasn't satisfied by the progression of the construcion, the works of the cathedral were took over by the famous Renaissance architect Lorenzo da Bologna. It helps to understand the differences in styles which can be noticed on the external and the internal parts of the cathedral. Lorenzo...

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  • Duomo

    The imposing Cathedral of Montagnana, with its huge proportions, dominates the whole Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. The cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, since 1426 the patron saint of the city of Montagnana.Accorfing to the 10th century document, the cathedral was built on the site of an previous church.The construction started in 1431 by...

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  • Castello San Zeno

    Castello San Zeno, which is incorporated in the city walls, dates back to the Ezzelino era of the town, i.e. the beginning of the 14th century. It was the time when incursions from the Scaligeri of Verona could have been hazardous, therefore the whole fortification and its walls were strenghtened.Today the castle houses Museum and Tourist Office,...

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  • Medieval Palace - Casa di Risparmio

    I am not surprised to see such a attractive medieval palaces turned into the banks nowadays. Actually, this one, besides the huge cathedral, is the first thing I've noticed on Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. My first thought was, it must me the Town Hall, but there was any city flag.There is nothing in the city guide book indicating the history of this...

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  • Porticoes of Montagnana

    Most of the houses, situated on Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (the main city suqare) and its close surroundings are porticoed, likewise in many other medieval Italian towns. This one on the picture attracted me so much, especially its wooden ceiling.

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  • Internal part of the city walls

    Not much of the stone was used in the construction of the walls and yet, it survived during the centuries. Is it because there wasn't any battle for the town or, because the beauty of the fortification convinced potential attackers to quit attacking before even started it?

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  • Villa Pisani

    Andrea Palladio and his work is another of my obssesions. To those who might not know it, Palladio was the greatest architect of Renaissance and is considering as the most inovative architects of all times. In 1552 Palladio realised a building for his friend Francesco Pisani, famous Venetian patrician and Maecenas. The building is almost cubic...

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  • Castel San Zeno

    On the way to Montagnana, we could not imagine that a walled town was nearby. It's an area with lots of factories and big showrooms for furniture and somewhat modern buildings at that. Suddenly, the walls were there, and we were overwhelmed! Seeing the walls at night with the lights on them as in this picture is really spectacular.This is Castel...

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  • The Fortress of the Trees

    The Fortress of the Trees was a formidable fortress and a real jewel of military architecture, which was ordered built by Francesco I the Old Da Carrara. It was built in only two years in 1360. This fortress served as a stronghold within the walls where the town was more exposed to the enemy attack. It is in excellent shape.Since 1963 it has served...

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  • Medieval Walls of Montagnana

    The Da Carrara family built the walls of Montagnana, but legend always connects these walls with Ezzelino III da Romano, the Emperor's Vicar in Italy. He was an ambitious and skillful fighter who had a meteoric rise which was historically associated with the town of Montagnana. Ezzelino destroyed the town in a huge fire in 1242 and then rebuilt it...

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  • Montagnana's Cathedral

    Montagnana's Cathedral in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele was started under Gothic influence in 1431 and was finished in the Renaissance in 1502, so you can see features of both styles. It's light in color and really stands out in this small village. Inside, it is wide and airy with a large nave and without columns and covered with a barrel vault. A...

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  • The tower of the fortress

    This is the tower of the fortress, as seen from outside the walls.This side of the walls look westward, and so, at sunset, it's very easy to see them under very special and magic light conditions.Sunset is highly reccomended to appreciate the warm red masonry of Montagnana.

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  • The fortress of the trees... and the...

    This is the old (14th century) fortress guarding the "Legnago" gate...Now it's used like the youth hostel... very charming, isn't it?See the hotel/accomodation tip i wrote for more.

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  • The walls

    Again, if you pass in this part of the plain, you have to go and see these walls!All the little town has its original walls sorrounding the citycenter by 360°.They were built in the 14th century, and are now nearly untouched...I mean, what you can see is the ORIGINAL, and not something re-built after some war/flooding/hearthquakeThat makes an...

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Montagnana Restaurants

  • Great local food in the centre - and...

    After visiting the town in the morning, my parents and I had lunch at this restaurant we had seen earlier and noticed for its low prices.The main room is very nice, with old black-and-white photos of Venice and other locations, prints depicting the food specialties of Padova and the neighbouring provinces (I noticed that there wasn't one with the...

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  • People Come From Afar to Dine Here

    We came to stay for one night in this out-of-the-way place (Montagnana) because we had read about the restaurant and wanted to discover for ourselves if all that we had heard was true. We found out that it was true; it is a wonderful place to eat.The dining room at Aldo Moro Restaurant is a sight to behold. It is an intimate atmosphere with fresh...

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  • Taste the local ham Prosciutto dolce di...

    First of all, do not let the entrance of this wine bar /restaurant fool you.From the outside, you see nothing more than a little town bar. No signs of a real reastaurant.But, believe me, there is more.If you find place (during the weekend may be very wise to book in advance) you will have to follow the waiter/owner toward the back of the bar, go...

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Montagnana Nightlife

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    Cafe Loggia

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 22, 2012

    Cafe Loggia is situated on the main city square, right opposite the cathedral, offering perfect view to the entire piazza. It is probably the most attractive place for a break after exploring of Montgnana. It is also convinient for a breakfast before starting strolling around. Very fine quality espresso and fresh almost hot croisant sounds tempting for starting a day.

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Montagnana Local Customs

  • Medieval palaces

    The main square of Montagnana is extremely charming and for my money one of the most beautiful squares in whole of Venetto. It is really pitty tourists do not pay a visit to such a places which are off the main roads. All you need is to take the state road from Vicenza to Padova, or vice versa, and you can't miss this beautiful place. Your small...

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  • Palio dei 10 comuni

    Every year, the first Sunday of September, in the moat along the wall there is the ancient "palio" (sort of horse race) among the neighbors villages, held in costumes and medieval style... See the site below, for more info (in Italian) and pictures.Thanks to Robert98 for signalling me a blog in english about the palio.

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  • Gastronomia of Montagnana

    The geographical position of Montagnana has influenced its cookery, which is inspired by ancient traditions. They have been handed down through customs & written documents. Some of the recipes have mingled with other areas in the region.On a typical Montagnana table its not surprising to find:Baccala (Cod) alla VicentinaHorse meat dishes typical of...

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Montagnana Off The Beaten Path

  • Don't forget to look up: nice "palazzos"

    The main streets of Montagnana have porches, quite good to shelter you from the rain and cold in winter, and from the burning sun in summer. But, that way, you can literally pass under very fine architecture pieces without even noticing it.So, don't forget to look up, every now and then!Like the one in the picture (from the main square to Porta...

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  • Houses along the city walls

    From the main square, go north towards porta Vicenza and, when you are near the gate, look right and left.All along the city mediaval walls there's a line of tiny houses... Each one has the city wall like back wall...Very medieval flavour of this corner of the town

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Montagnana Favorites

  • Citta murata

    The tour through the history of the town ends by this chapter.During the 14th century, Montagnana gained its most important strategic position. Besides a safe shelter, it was departure base for war expeditions.In the beginning of the 15th century, due to a decline of the Carraro family, Montagnana passed under Venice control and have lost its...

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  • Rocca degli Alberi

    In 1337, the Carraro family took Montagnana back from the Scaligeri of Verona and equipped it with wider walls. During the reign of Ubertino and Francesco I Carraro, a new bastion was built called Rocca degli Alberi (the Fortress of the Trees).The bastion stands on the side which were exposed to the Verona county.

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  • Citta murata

    The Medieval Montagnana had important strategic position, being border town of the Padova county. The Padova territory was controlled by the Carraro family who strengthened Montagnana's walls for protective reason, incursions from the Scaligeri of Verona. During the period of mighty Cangrande, Verona conquered Montagnana and kept it under control...

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