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After spending time in Piazza dei Signori, I wandered in to the next Piazza, the Piazza della Frutta – another one of the numerous piazzas of the historic centre of Padova.

This is where the fruit and vegetable market stalls are that sell great quality produce. These markets are held on most days with the meat and fish markets close by as well. It is just such a lovely setting for a fruit market, with the central palazzo overlooking the square. Here you will find fruit that tastes like fruit.

There are plenty of shops, cafés and bars overlooking onto the piazza. After wandering around the markets, it is wonderful to sit in one of the bars, enjoy a coffee, people watch and soak up the atmosphere. This is where I was able to use the free WIFI and email photos to friends and family back home.


This beautiful and lively square is in front of the impossing Palazzo della Ragione and behind City Hall


No visitor to Padova should miss this venue. It is beautiful. There is colour, beauty, vibrancy and above all, a tremendous feeling of history.  It seems to be the beating heart of a magnificent old city.

Padova is a walled city situated along the Bachiglione River between Verona and Venice. It is around 40km from Venice and also a popular stop on the way to Verona, Milan or Florence. I travelled by train from Lucca with a night stop-over in Ferrara before arriving in Padova