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ANCIENT “FIERA FRANCA DI CITTADELLA” Don’t miss out on this traditional event to savour the customs of Cittadella. Wine and food, amusement, local handicraft, parapet walk open by night, funfair for kids The “Fiera Franca di Cittadella” is one of the most important yearly events in Cittadella and takes place on the fourth weekend of October including the following Monday.
It always lasts three days and during these days thousands and thousands of visitors from the entire Province come to Cittadella.
There are stalls selling local fresh products, local handicraft and lots of stands selling food and wine all around the old town. In the marquee every evening a different menu with traditional venetian dishes can be enjoyed.
Next to the sports facilities there is a funfair for children and not only.
Close to the Austro-Hungarian cemetery a livestock market is held. As a matter of fact the livestock market doesn’t take place in the town center anymore but close to the cemetery. Until a few years ago the animals were put up for sale on the piece of land between the ramparts and the moat (usually used as parking)
Saturday night the parapet walk stays open until 11 p.m. for a unique and memorable experience.
To top off the event on the last evening a light show is put up on the ramparts accompanied by music and fireworks. Its magic attracts not only visitors and tourists, but also the citizens don't want to miss out on the “setting on fire” of the walls.

The fair has ancient origins. It dates back to 1231 when Padua decided to pass on the privileges of the market from the nearby Onara to Cittadella. Venice, during the time of its dominion, acknowledged these privileges as well by publicising that there would be no duties to pay for anyone entering or leaving the fair.
With a special proclamation in 1593 different goods were assigned to specific areas of the old town, that is to say that in each area of the old town specific animals or agricultural products were to be sold.



- Saturday 25th October :
Opening ceremony at 6 p.m. in the marquee in Villa Rina, Riva del Grappa
Parapet Walk open by night from 9 p.m. (last admittance at 11 p.m.) Porta Bassano

- Sunday 26 October:
10 a.m. Opening of the marquee with wine and food
In the old town center stalls with local products
Funfair next to the sports facilities
Parapet Walk open from 9 a.m. thru 7 p.m. (last admittance at 6 p.m.), Porta Bassano

- Monday 27 October:
Antique livestock market next to the Austro-Hungarian cemetery starting at 6 a.m.
In the old town center stalls with local products
Funfair next to the sports facilities
Parapet Walk open from 9 a.m. thru 7 p.m. (last admittance at 6 p.m.), Porta Bassano
Fireworks and “setting on fire of the wall” next to the eastern gate, Porta Treviso, at 9.30 p.m.

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)
  • riva del Grappa
    Cittadella (PD)
  • 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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