There are pearls set between ancient walls and ramparts. They are the walled cities of the Province of Padua, authentic wonders of history, art and culture. Cittadella, Monselice, Este and Montagnana, as well as obviously Padua.
Cities where the present speaks of craftsmanship, food and wine and many new tourist itineraries!
A Most Beautiful Village
Montagnana a small town in the province of Padua is completely surrounded by Medieval walls.
This small town has been awarded the “Orange Flag“🔹 for its historical beauty and for the enhancement of typical products, it is also part of the association “The Most Beautiful Villages.” In 2018 was recognized among the localities “Spighe Verdi” (Green Spikes).🔹🔹
In addition to the extraordinary fortified complex, the city is appreciated for its urban fabric, made up of streets and buildings built in the Renaissance period and, partly, during the economic recovery of the 19th century.
The Duomo (1431–1502) stretches out over the central square, with its imposing late Gothic forms with Renaissance additions. Inside there are various paintings by Paolo Veronese, Giovanni Buonconsiglio, and probably Giorgione.
The Duomo was closed during my visit, because of COVID restrictions in an effort to avoid assembling.
In the square it is possible the elegant Palazzo Valeri and the ancient Monte di Pietà (pawnshop). In the nearby via Matteotti stands the Magnavin-Foratti palace, a refined Venetian-Gothic style palace.
Montagnana has many porticos almost in every street, lined with pretty stores and restaurants and bars with tables and chairs al fresco.
A lunch/dinner stop in Montagnana is a welcomed and tasty pause.
The current walls, which constitute one of the most distinguished and best preserved examples of medieval military architecture in the EU, date back to the mid-fourteenth century, when the Carraresi, Lords of Padua, wanted to expand and strengthen this essential strong frontier place of the Paduan state against the Verona of the Scaligeri.
They were very belligerent people back then.
Around the walls there was a large moat, and all around the area were impassable swamps, or flooded floodplains in case of war, so that the walled city was the key to the Paduan border towards the west.
🔹 The Orange flag is a recognition of tourist-environmental quality conferred by the Italian Touring Club (TCI) to small Italian municipalities (maximum 15,000 inhabitants) which stand out for their offer of excellence and quality hospitality
🔹🔹 Spighe Verdi is a national recognition conferred by the FEE Italia (Foundation for Environmental Education) on Italian locations that promote sustainable rural development. The Spighe Verdi program is aimed at rural municipalities that intend to enhance sustainable development of the territory, care for the environment and defense of the landscape.
All of the above makes Montagnana a good destination for an off the beaten path visit.