Event > First World War Centenary

FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY Exhibitions, installations, set-ups, parades and conferences to commemorate the First World War Centenary in Cittadella. A lot of events and initiatives during May and June. In the town center the Alpini of Cittadella will set up a field hospital on the main square, Piazza Pierobon, and they’ll organize an exhibition in the church Chiesa del Torresino. On top of the keep of the northern gates, Porta Bassano, a machine gun of the First World War will be positioned like during the War. In addition conferences, parades and commemorative concerts.

The tourist office of Cittadella organizes guided tours of the town which include the famous medieval Parapet Walk, the only elliptical one in Europe which is accessible on all its length. The tours include also the visit of the town center with the most significant monuments regarding the First World War like the Austro-Hungarian cemetery with the remains of 17644 unknown fallen of 7 different countries of the Empire of the House of Habsburg and more than 1200 fallen whose names are written on the memorial stone in the central part of the cemetery.


Program of the events:

From Saturday May 9th to Sunday June 28th : Exhibition in Chiesa del Torresino with original finds of the First World War. Openig hours: Monday 9 am-12:30 am, Tuesday – Fryday 3 pm- 7 pm, Saturday- Sunday 9 am-12:30 am / 3 pm-7 pm.

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May: Educational workshops in Torre di Malta.

Sunday 31st May: On the main squares Pierobon and Scalco set-up of a field hospital.

Sunday 31st May: On top of the northern keep, Porta Bassano, set-up of a machine gun post.

Sunday May 31st, Commemorative Cerimony:
09:00 a.m. Meeting on the square in front of the station, start of the parade to the main square, Piazza Pierobon
09:55 a.m. Raising of the flag on the main square
10:20 a.m. Parade to the Alpine's War Memorial next to Villa Rina and Wreath Laying
10:45 a.m. Parade continues to the Austro-Hungarian War Cemetery
11:00 a.m. Mass at the Austro-Hungarian War Cemetery
06:00 p.m. Lowering of the flag on the main square, Piazza Pierobon

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

  • Piazza Pierobon
    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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