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Prato della Valle
Holiday Travel Guide

Prato della Valle showing a bridge, a statue or sculpture and a river or creek
Embrace Padova’s rich cultural past at one of Europe’s largest city squares, a historic spot filled with nearly 80 beautiful statues. 

The Prato della Valle is one of the most distinctive public spaces in all of Europe, notable not only for its vast size but also for the large number of statues that occupy it. With 78 stone figures dotted around the square and many elegant historic buildings lining the streets, this is a wonderful place to get an insight into Padova’s long history as a cultural and architectural hub. Come here on a sunny afternoon to watch locals strolling around the square and relaxing on the grassy island in the middle. Allow time to stop at one of the cafés surrounding the Prato della Valle and to study the beautiful and fascinating marble statues. 

The square has been an important public space since at least the Roman period, but it took on its current elegant appearance only in the 18th century. In 1775, Venetian aristocrat Andrea Memmo commenced work on turning his vision for the space into a reality. It was his idea to erect numerous statues of great thinkers, turning the space into a public sculpture gallery. Come today and you will find 78 statues here, many of which were finally completed long after Memmo’s death.

Find the statue of Andrea Memmo himself, added to the square after he died. See how many of the other famous marble men you have heard of. Renowned Renaissance figures depicted include astronomer Galileo Galilei, poet Francesco Petrarca, philosopher Pietro d’Abano and several popes and politicians.

Walk around the edges of the square to view the many handsome and interesting buildings located here. Look for historic structures including Sisters of Mercy College. Step into the shops that are scattered around or gain an insight into the beginnings of film at the fascinating Museum of Precinema. 

The Prato della Valle is delightful in any weather, but try to come when it is sunny so you can enjoy lounging on the grass with a book. Get here by walking south from the main station for about 30 minutes, cutting straight through Padova’s scenic Old Town.

Embrace Padova’s rich cultural past at one of Europe’s largest city squares, a historic spot filled with nearly 80 beautiful statues. 

The Prato della Valle is one of the most distinctive public spaces in all of Europe, notable not only for its vast size but also for the large number of statues that occupy it. With 78 stone figures dotted around the square and many elegant historic buildings lining the streets, this is a wonderful place to get an insight into Padova’s long history as a cultural and architectural hub. Come here on a sunny afternoon to watch locals strolling around the square and relaxing on the grassy island in the middle. Allow time to stop at one of the cafés surrounding the Prato della Valle and to study the beautiful and fascinating marble statues.

The square has been an important public space since at least the Roman period, but it took on its current elegant appearance only in the 18th century. In 1775, Venetian aristocrat Andrea Memmo commenced work on turning his vision for the space into a reality. It was his idea to erect numerous statues of great thinkers, turning the space into a public sculpture gallery. Come today and you will find 78 statues here, many of which were finally completed long after Memmo’s death.

Find the statue of Andrea Memmo himself, added to the square after he died. See how many of the other famous marble men you have heard of. Renowned Renaissance figures depicted include astronomer Galileo Galilei, poet Francesco Petrarca, philosopher Pietro d’Abano and several popes and politicians.

Walk around the edges of the square to view the many handsome and interesting buildings located here. Look for historic structures including Sisters of Mercy College. Step into the shops that are scattered around or gain an insight into the beginnings of film at the fascinating Museum of Precinema.

The Prato della Valle is delightful in any weather, but try to come when it is sunny so you can enjoy lounging on the grass with a book. Get here by walking south from the main station for about 30 minutes, cutting straight through Padova’s scenic Old Town.

804 Cheap Hotels Near Prato della Valle

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.
Located in City Center Padova, this hotel is steps away from Museo Antoniano and Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. Hospital of Padova and Scrovegni Chapel ...
4.3/5Excellent! (316 reviews)
Great place, great location, great food.
"We were really surprised to find such a good hotel with a great restaurant included. Normally we would not think of a hotel restaurant, but we ate their the first night for convenience, and then made a point of eating there the next. Not flash, just good. We will definitely try to book here ..."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Hotel Al Santo
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
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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Prato della Valle Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hotel Canton dell Orto
Hotel Canton dell Orto
21 Via Donatello, Padova
The price is NZ$102 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
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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.
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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
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.
Hotel Al Santo
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
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 Prato
Hotel al Prato
3 out of 5
Prato della Valle 54, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$170 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Hotel al Prato
B&B Isola Memmia
B&B Isola Memmia
Prato della Valle 106, Padova, Veneto
The price is NZ$194 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
B&B Isola Memmia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.