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CITTADELLA: WALKING ON THE TOP OF "MEDIEVAL RAMPARTS" A scenic walk on the top of the only ramparts in Europe with an elliptical, medieval parapet walk. After 20 years of conservation intervention the ramparts are accessible on all their length since June 8th 2013. The parapet walk is suitable for a stroll on the top of the city walls of Cittadella on a height of 15 meters. It was used by the guards to defend the town from above when under siege. The recent restoration and safeguard of the antique parapet walk allows visitors to admire the town from unknown and privileged perspectives, offering a unique experience of “Walking on History”.

The walk is nearly two kilometers long and along the way you can visit the frescoed hall and the medieval museum in the Captain’s House, the civic archeological museum and the museum of the siege in the southern keep called Malta tower. From the panoramic viewpoint on its top you will catch a sight of the Euganeian and the Berici Hills, the foothill with the walled cities of Marostica and Asolo, and Mount Grappa.

The dominant theme of Expo 2015 here is Life: during the visit the medieval atmosphere will take the visitors backwards in time. In the museums they will get to know the origins of the town and how it evolved throughout the centuries. Especially children will appreciate this experience as they will imagine themselves as knights and soldiers defending the fortress or as noble ladies.

The access to the Parapet Walk is located at the northern Gate, Porta Bassano; it starts out from inside the tourist office Iat in the Captain's House.


Pricelist Parapet Walk:

Full-price ticket € 5
Reduced-price ticket € 3 for residents of Cittadella, children from age 3 on, college and university students, senior (over 65), teachers, groups of at least 10 persons
Special price € 4 for members of the Touring Club Italiano
Family ticket € 14 (2 adults and 2 children)
Free: children under age 3

Opening Hours of the Parapet Walk:

Summer Opening Hours (from Aprile 1st through October 31st)
Monday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 18
Tuesday: 9-13 / 14 – 18
Wednesday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 18
Thursday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 18
Friday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 18
Saturday: 9 – 19
Sunday: 9 – 19

Winter Opening Hours (from November 1st through March 31st)
Monday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 16
Tuesday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 16
Wednesday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 16
Thursday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 16
Friday: 9 – 13 / 14 – 16
Saturday: 10 – 17
Sunday: 10 – 17


For information:
Ufficio Turistico IAT Cittadella
Porte Bassanesi,2 – 35013 Cittadella
tel .+ 39 0499404485
mail: turismo@comune.cittadella.pd.it
homepage: http://turismo.comune.cittadella.pd.it
  • Porte Bassanesi, 2
    Cittadella (PD)


You are invited to visit Cittadella, a splendid medieval walled town near important centers of art such as Padova, Vicenza, Treviso. Cittadella shares its Venitian historical background with other walled towns like Bassano del Grappa, Marostica, Asolo and Castelfranco Veneto.
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The foundation of Cittadella dates back to 1220, when Padova decided  to found “ex novo” a fortified castle in the central area of the Venetian  plain in order to protect the boundary lines of its countryside from the aggression of  Treviso and Vicenza, and also to control the local Lords and to start a policy of agricultural colonisation.

Political, military and economic reasons are therefore at the root of the founding  of Cittadella, even though this area had been populated since ancient  times: although materials evidencing the Paleo-Venetian civilisation  are lacking, it has been proven that the Romans had  been here since the II century B.C. In 148 B.C. they built the Postumia  road, an artery that runs through Northern Italy connecting Genoa and  Aquileia; parts of this road remained viable until the  XI century. Another important axes was the road that connected Padova to the  Valsugana. On these two important orthogonal axes (decuman and cardo, respectively) the Romans rationally organised the territory with the centuriation in 89 B.C., leaving their indelible mark on the area. The choice of the site of Cittadella isn’t therefore accidental: it is located on the southern borders of a large Agro Centuriato at the feet of the Pre-Alps of Bassano. It can rely on the proximity of the River Brenta and the resurgence belt, as well as important road axes. At the end of Roman domination, the territory was likely under
 control of the Longobards, even if sources from the Early Middle Age are limited. Most probably a general depopulation was occurring then and the environment grew wild, while other feudal powers developed around small towns like Onara, Fontaniva, Tombolo, and Galliera.Between the 12th and 13th centuries the municipal territory of Padova started a vigorous expansionist policy and clashed therefore with Treviso and Vicenza. The area of the middle Brenta became a theatre for wars and the emergence of Cittadella must be seen in this context.
Between 1237 and 1256, Cittadella suffered the terrible domination of the local lordling Ezzelino III of Romano, who had built in 1251 the “Torre di Malta” (tower of Malta) as a horrible prison for his enemies. Over the 14th and 15th centuries the town was again under control of the Carraresi from Padova and became a real stronghold in the territory of Padova. In
 1406, just like all the Venetian mainland, Cittadella passed under the political dominion of Venice that sent its podestà (governor). The Serenissima (Venice) ruled over these lands until 1797, when Napoleon, during his Italian campaign, conquered all the north. After the treaty of Vienna (1815), Veneto submitted to Austria until 1866, when it finally entered the united“Regno d’Italia” (italian kingdom). Nowadays Cittadella belongs to the province of Padova, counts about 20,000 inhabitants and encompasses on a territory of about 36 km².
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