|The Astronomical Clock, Padua|
|Food stall (1)|
The staff assumed our stay was to enable us to visit Venice - so they gave us a complementary guide to Venice - but not Padua!
|Food stall (2)|
|Food stall (3)|
|Meringues - 6in across!|
|Entrance to Citadella|
|Asparagus, pride of place|
|The main gate|
The highlight of the city though was the Piazze della Erbe and the fabulous Il Ragione building. A 14thC building which was built to house the Comune - ie local govenment. The top of the building is decorated with 15thC frescoes. The ground floor is set out in rows of stalls for a huge food market selling local cheeses, meats, sausage, fish and bacala. One fishmonger even had live eels on offer. Outside the square was also filled with stalls many selling other food including big fat spears of forced white asparagus.
|The wall on the inside|
Day 2 in Padua, we decided to get out of town, so we took the bus to Citadella - a medieval walled town to the north. The walls are 1.5km around and can still be walked- although as some restoration was underway one part was closed off - and one part has a small section of missing walkway replaced with a wood and metal gantry. The town was lovely and well preserved. Some of the houses inside the walls were very prestigious - obviously a desirable place to live in modern Italy.
|External view of the wall|
|Exclusive mansion with "wall view"|
|Montegnana central square|