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SUNSET WITH MUSIC ON TOP OF THE RAMPARTS OF CITTADELLA Scenic walk at sunset on the antique parapet walk of Cittadella with medieval background music

Let the atmosphere of medieval times enchant you while walking on top of the ramparts at sunset with medieval background music.

The ramparts of Cittadella are a rare example of medieval means of defense, one of the best preserved ones in Europe. The wall reaches a height of 15 metres whereas the keeps next to the gates reach even 30 meters. The walls' circumference is 1461 meters, they have an elliptic shape and the average thickness is 2,10 meters. There are 32 towers with various dimensions: 4 keeps next to the gates, 12 quadrangular towers of 6x4 meters and about 22 meters high, and 16 turrets of 6x3 meters and about 15 meters high. The distance between these elements is about 40 meters and each one of these parts is crowned by so called “guelfi” merlons (rectangular) with rounded off corners. In some parts you can find “ghibellini” merlons, they look like a dovetail, but it's a matter of later remakes.

The city wall is provided with a parapet walk at the height of 14 meters from the ground, it is 80 cm large and nearly 2 km long, accessible on all its length.

From June through August every Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Last admittance 8 p.m.

Price list 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

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

    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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0499413553 www.comune.cittadella.pd.it
Informații ulterioare
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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