After about an hour train ride from Ferrara, I arrived in Padova. I checked in to my hotel, enjoyed a late lunch and then went exploring, starting with visiting many of the “must see places”. My first “Must see” in any new town or village, is to find the main piazza in the town, and Padova was no exception.
I discovered Piazza dei Signori where I later ended my day. Piazza dei Signori is one of the many piazza of this historic city. This elegant Renaissance piazza in the heart of Padova, is buzzing with bars, cafés and restaurants and is full of life and full of laughter
It houses the most exquisite clock tower, Torre dell’Orologio, which was built after the Venetians conquered Padova as a symbol of power and status. This public clock which was built in 1344 is possibly the world’s oldest clock. You will find this big astrological clock on the white tower of Palazzo del Capitanio at one end of the Piazza.
Piazza dei Signori is a lovely place to sit, eat, chat and watch the day go by.
There are loads of bars and restaurants to choose from. This piazza is quite well located in the historical part of Padova and surrounded with great galleries and shops.
On my first morning in Padova I ate my breakfast at the hotel where I was staying, but after discovering Piazza dei Signori, I then chose to enjoy my typical Italian breakfast at one of the many bars in the Piazza. This is café society at its best. Actually I ended up having 2 breakfasts as I found another café that I liked more than the first one.
During the day, Piazza dei Signori, is a typical market place with its stalls where you will find locals shopping. Here I found both the tourists and locals intermingling. These markets are quite large with a great selection. The fresh fruit and vegetable markets and the fresh food stalls were excellent.
Also in the Piazza dei Signori are many attractive small specialty shops and cafés with most attractions well sign posted for us visitors in Padova.
Each afternoon, the markets are closed and moved away, and the tables are brought in and the entire piazza is turned in to a huge dining area. The entire marketplace is equipped with cafe/restaurant tables: it is a true evening food celebration, completely taken over by the surrounding restaurants. The place was buzzing with people enjoying a meal and each other’s company.
What a perfect evening. The food was good – you will leave this place with a full stomach and a smiling face!
A wonderful Piazza for Dining and People Watching.