Cittadella

I came across this special little town totally by accident. When I took the bus from Padova (Padua) to Bassano del Grappa for visiting the famous birthplace of the grappa liquer, the bus had a stop in Cittadella, right in front of the medieval walls and the moat. I was completely taken by the magnificent city wall and its surroundings, so I googled about this place and went for a visit the day after.

Cittadella is situated between Padua (one hour away) and Bassano del Grappa (20 mins away). This 20,000 population small town is good for a half day visit if you have a tight schedule.

To get to Cittadella, you can take the bus from Padua bus station but be extra cautious as there are 2 different bus companies operating to the same place.

If you arrive by train to Padua and purchase the bus ticket inside the train station, you are only allowed to take the bus operated by the same company as the train ( I know it is very confusing and I have made this mistake :( ) which offers fewer schedule bus service to Cittadella.

So I suggest that you will go to the ticket counter on the right hand side of the bus station ( when you are facing the main entrance ), there they will have the full schedule of the buses throughout the week. The bus ride is about 30 mins and there is a stop right outside the city wall.

There is also train services going from Padua to Cittadella, but from the train station, you will have to walk about 10 mins before you will reach the city wall.

Old outer city wall of Cittadella and its moat

 

Cittadella was built in 1220 by the city of Padua as a fortified outpost to defend the territory against foreign invasion. It was built in a polygonal shape with the construction of 36 large and small towers, with the formation of a protective moat and four drawbridges next to the four entrance gates.

Entrance to Cittadella

one of the 4 entrances to the city of Cittadella

 

The city wall has an average height of 16 m but the height of some towers is up to 30 m tall. The circumference of the city wall is 1461 m with an average thickness of about 2.1 m.

For me the highlight of this visit is to walk on the top of this city walls. You can have a great view of the whole medieval town and on a clear day, you can see the Dolomites mountain to the north. The walk is pretty safe and there are handrails in most part but there is a rule that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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view of the theatre square from the top of citadella

 

 

After the walk, you can visit the small museum which displayed the medieval weapons and home decorations.

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armory for weapons in the 13th century

 

As Cittadella is relatively small, you can walk across from one entrance to the opposite in 10 – 15 minutes. The Duomo , theatre and the museum can be reached easily following the clear road signs.

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6549826-The_Duomo-CittadellaThere are few beautiful medieval stained glass windows in the Duomo which are really worth seeing.

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In Italy, food plays an important part in people’s daily lives. In their hundreds of years of Italian culinary culture, one can always find a good restaurant anywhere in Italy. With no exceptions in Cittadella, there are a handful of good restaurants in town. Personally I like the Taverna degli Artisti . This cute little restaurant in the old town centre with paintings adorned on all walls pride itself for using the freshest seasonable ingredients. It is opened only for 2.5 hrs for both lunch and dinner, so you may have to take note of the time when going there.

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Entrance of Taverna degli Artisti

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warm ambience

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I can not think of a better way to wrap up the sightseeing day with some great food :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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