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Piazza dei Signori
Holiday Travel Guide

Piazza dei Signori showing heritage elements, a city and a square or plaza
Browse the stores, enjoy flavorful foods and take photos of the many historic buildings in this beautiful square, one of Padova’s most striking. 

Even among Padova’s many elegant squares, the Piazza dei Signori stands out. Come here to watch local residents going about their daily lives, surrounded by stunning Renaissance buildings, including a spectacular clock tower. Relax for hours sipping coffee at one of the many charming al fresco cafés or buy fresh produce at the open-air market stalls that fill the square. 

As with most Padova squares, the Piazza dei Signori is filled with history. Many of the buildings here are very old. To understand exactly how old, look at the incredible clock tower that dominates the space. Marvel at the many intricacies of this ornate building. Gaze up at the winged lion that stands in front of the arched gateway. Above the doorway is the wonderfully elaborate clock face, painted like the night sky. Astrological signs circle the centre of the clock. Note that Libra, representing Justice, is missing, possibly the artist’s indication that the client did not live up to their agreed contract payment. This tower was built in 1477 it is now thought to be one of the world’s oldest clock towers. 

Come to the square in the morning or afternoon and find the space filled with market stalls and buzzing with locals shopping for fresh produce. As with most traditional Italian markets, the atmosphere here is lively and the local treats and ingredients on sale are high quality. 

The cafés, bars and restaurants around the edges of the square are open in the morning and offer lovely places to enjoy an outdoor breakfast. However, it is in the evening that the scale of the culinary delights of the square really becomes clear. Come once the market stalls are cleared away for the day and find the entire square filled with outdoor tables, the perfect place to spend an evening enjoying delicious food, great wine and lively conversation. 

Make the 20-minute walk from the main train station to the Piazza dei Signori and enjoy the beautiful sights of Padova’s historic streets along the way. To fully appreciate this outdoor space, visit from spring through fall.

Browse the stores, enjoy flavorful foods and take photos of the many historic buildings in this beautiful square, one of Padova’s most striking. 

Even among Padova’s many elegant squares, the Piazza dei Signori stands out. Come here to watch local residents going about their daily lives, surrounded by stunning Renaissance buildings, including a spectacular clock tower. Relax for hours sipping coffee at one of the many charming al fresco cafés or buy fresh produce at the open-air market stalls that fill the square.

As with most Padova squares, the Piazza dei Signori is filled with history. Many of the buildings here are very old. To understand exactly how old, look at the incredible clock tower that dominates the space. Marvel at the many intricacies of this ornate building. Gaze up at the winged lion that stands in front of the arched gateway. Above the doorway is the wonderfully elaborate clock face, painted like the night sky. Astrological signs circle the center of the clock. Note that Libra, representing Justice, is missing, possibly the artist’s indication that the client did not live up to their agreed contract payment. This tower was built in 1477; it is now thought to be one of the world’s oldest clock towers.

Come to the square in the morning or afternoon and find the space filled with market stalls and buzzing with locals shopping for fresh produce. As with most traditional Italian markets, the atmosphere here is lively and the local treats and ingredients on sale are high quality.

The cafés, bars and restaurants around the edges of the square are open in the morning and offer lovely places to enjoy an outdoor breakfast. However, it is in the evening that the scale of the culinary delights of the square really becomes clear. Come once the market stalls are cleared away for the day and find the entire square filled with outdoor tables, the perfect place to spend an evening enjoying delicious food, great wine and lively conversation.

Make the 20-minute walk from the main train station to the Piazza dei Signori and enjoy the beautiful sights of Padova’s historic streets along the way. To fully appreciate this outdoor space, visit from spring through fall.

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795 Cheap Hotels Near Piazza dei Signori

Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
4 out of 5
Via Venezia 30, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$126 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Padova Fiere, Hospital of Padova and Scrovegni Chapel. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua ...
4.3/5Excellent! (792 reviews)
"This is an inexpensive and out-of-the way apartment. The gym is thinly equipped with strange machines to use and only a random collection of light dumbells. There seems little capacity or willingness to fix things. I reported a recurrent noise in the room next to mine that woke me up repeatedly in ..."

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
Methis Hotel & Spa
Methis Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Riviera Paleocapa 70, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$173 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in City Center Padova, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Padua Cathedral and University of Padova. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (268 reviews)
Great value in historic center of Prato
"Beautiful property in the middle of town. FRiendly host, great interiors and beautiful garden fir breakfast. Furnishing are in very goody taste. Place is super clean. Use of kitchen is great."

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019

Methis Hotel & Spa
Majestic Toscanelli
Majestic Toscanelli
4 out of 5
Via Dell'Arco 2, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$155 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in City Center Padova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza delle Erbe, Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua and Scrovegni Chapel. Hospital ...
4.2/5Excellent! (232 reviews)
"Overall the hotel was nice. The room size was good. We had to drop off our room key every time that we left the hotel...kind of annoying."

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Majestic Toscanelli
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Donatello
Donatello
3 out of 5
Via del Santo, 102/104, Padova, pd
The price is NZ$110 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Donatello
Methis Hotel & Spa
Methis Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Riviera Paleocapa 70, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$173 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Methis Hotel & Spa
Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
4 out of 5
Via Venezia 30, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$126 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
Majestic Toscanelli
Majestic Toscanelli
4 out of 5
Via Dell'Arco 2, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$155 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Majestic Toscanelli
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Piazza Eremitani 18, Padova
The price is NZ$252 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Hotel Al Santo
Hotel Al Santo
3 out of 5
Via del Santo, 147, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$119 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
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NH Padova
NH Padova
4 out of 5
Via N. Tommaseo, 61, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$130 per night from 17 Jul. to 17 Jul.
NH Padova
Torre dell'Orologio Apartment
Torre dell'Orologio Apartment
Via Dante Alighieri 3, Padova
Torre dell'Orologio Apartment
Hotel Europa
Hotel Europa
4 out of 5
Largo Europa 9, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$158 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Hotel Europa
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