Piazza dei Signori, Padova

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    Piazza dei Signori - Amazing buildings.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 24, 2013
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    All day different events take place at the Piazza dei Signori. When we arrived we saw some fruit and vegetable stands that adorned the piazza in this particular morning. We learned that they had to leave by early afternoon giving a different atmosphere to the square. We had a better look at the Loggia del Consiglio (1496), a renaissance palace covered in Histrian white stone, showing seven big arcades on its facade. Here the city council members gathered after the fire that struck the Palazzo della Ragione in 1420.

    On the west side of the square stands out the fine Palazzo del Capitanio, built by the Venetians around the end of 1500s'. Finally at the east part of the square the Church of San Clemente can be admired. It’s pink / orange like façade truly springs out once in the sunshine. At the end of the morning we were told that workers would come to gather at some of the many outside tables for a brief lunch. Then near dusk, a group of young people gather for wine and spritzes at the same tables throughout the piazza. Definitely worth a visit!

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    Piazza dei Signori - Torre dell'Orologio.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 24, 2013
    Torre dell'Orologio.
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    For us this particular building represents the entire city of Padua. By the time we arrived at the Torre dell’Orologio (clock tower of Padua) we already saw some great sights, but being here made us realize we were really in Padua. I took a picture of the clock tower and when I was looking at the beautiful clock through my camera lens I just felt some goose bumps, making me feel so happy, relaxed and truly in Padua. It was just a great moment.

    The Torre dell’Orologio is situated at the Piazza dei Signori and we arrived at this square via another square, namely Piazza Capitaniato. The nice thing about this is that we just walked underneath the clock tower. The view from the Piazza Capitaniato at the Torre dell’Orologio is not much, you truly won’t be able to see that it is such a beautiful building at the front side. Like I said we walked underneath it and once at the Piazza dei Signori we turned ourselves around and stood in awe once we saw the front façade of the clock tower. Such a beautiful building, so much to admire!

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    Piazza dei Signori - A nice surprise.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 24, 2013
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    So every now and then you will get amazed by a nice surprise once you are travelling. We had this during our visit to the beautiful city of Padua. We followed a nice route to hike and this took us from square to square. A bit halfway our route we were on the square called Piazza del Capitanio, a nice place under the trees. We walked a bit further and passed under a triumphal arch and all of a sudden we were on the Piazza dei Signori, and what a beautiful square it was.

    This is how we, right in the middle of historic Padua, we arrived upon the stately Piazza dei Signori. There are a lot of beautiful buildings to admire, including the Palazzo del Capitalo and the Loggia della dei Guardia. It truly is a feast to be able to admire the 15th to 17th century architecture. And of course don’t forget to have a look at one of the first public clocks in Italy, the Torre dell'Orologio (built in 1428).

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    Piazza Dei Signori

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Aug 21, 2013

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    Right in the middle of historic Padova one comes upon the stately Piazza dei Signori. With many beautiful buildings including the Palazzo del Capitalo and the Loggia della dei Guardia your eyes get a feast of 15th to 17th century architecture. A beautiful astronomical clock providing time, day and year information is part of the Palazzo.

    All day different events take place at the Piazza. Fruit and vegetable stands adorn the piazza in the morning and leave by early afternoon. Workers come to gather at some of the many outside tables for a brief lunch. Then near dusk, a group of young people gather for wine and spritzes at the same tables throughout the piazza.

    Definitely a place to visit or just sit down enjoy a drink and people watch.

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    Piazza dei Signori

    by mikelisaanna Updated Jan 15, 2012

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    The Piazza dei Signori is a large square in the historic center of Padua that is full of outdoor cafes and restaurants. It is a pleasant place to have dinner at the end of a long day of sightseeing. The Piazza's most famous sight is the clocktower of the Cararra Palace, which looms over the square's far end. Other buildings bordering the square are the Church of San Clemente and the Grand Lodge of the Guard.

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    Piazza dei Signori

    by prleprle Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Piazza dei Signori is an elegant square with Palazzo de Capitanio with it's astronomical clock and tower. Close to it is impresive Pallazo della Regione well known as Il Salone, one of the most impresive building in the town.

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    Visit Piazza dei Signori and...

    by josie13 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit Piazza dei Signori and take a look at the Palazzo del Capitano.
    Ideally catch a glimpse of this beautiful building when there are no markets in the piazza. The Palazzo was built between 1599 and 1605. It's tower holds a beautiful astronomical clock. A similar structure can be found not to far away in Brescia, Lombardia.

    Another fine structure can be seen nearby which is the Loggia della Gran Guardia. This stands across the street from the Palazzo, to the right. This once housed the Council of Nobles but is now used as a conference centre. It dates back to 1523.

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