Walled towns and castles

Montagnana is famous for the spectacular medieval wall and the four majestic doors and it offers many attractions. Just out Porta Padova you can admire the beautiful Villa Pisani, which was planned by Palladio. Beyond the door you can admire the Castle of San Zeno and Giusti Sammartini’s palace. Along the wall, there are the Mastio and the Rocca degli Alberi. On the centre of the square there is the impressive Duomo, where on the inside an altarpiece of Paolo Veronese –la Trasfigurazione- and a painting representing the Lepanto’s Battle can be admired. On the first week of September there is the “Palio dei dieci comuni”, a fascinating costume remembrance, while in May there is the “Festa del Prosciutto”, which attracts thousands of gourmets. In the suggestive frame of the Euganean Hills we find the ancient Este, the city of ceramic. Este was inhabited in Paleolithic age (the finds are preserved at the National Museum Atestino). The period of greater splendour for Este was during the dominations of Estensi and Carraresi. At the centre of the wall there is the Castle, and in Piazza Maggiore we can admire the magnificent palaces of the Venetian period and the beautiful villas. The Duomo of Santa Tecla preserves the famous altarpiece of Tiepolo. When you arrive at Monselice the horizon is pictured on the hill and on the top of the hill there is the Rocca. This suggestive medieval village near the Colli Euganei is an authentic treasure chest that contains monuments and palaces as the ancient Torre Civica or the medieval Castle. In that neighbourhood, the gardens and the interiors of Villa Contarini and Villa Emo can be visited. In September the alleys are animated from the medieval remembrance of the “Giostra della Rocca”, while in May there is the “Rocca in fiore”. But it’s the whole area of the Bassa Padovana that conserves historical buildings and castles, such as the castle of Catajo in Battaglia Terme, the Castle of S. Pelagio in Due Carrare or the Castle of Valbona in Lozzo Atestino.