Montagnana

  • Montagnana, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Montagnana, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Montagnana, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Montagnana, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Montagnana, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto

Historical Highlights

Montagnana owes its walls to the lordship of the Da Carrara, although legend has indissolubly linked his name with that of Ezzelino III da Romano, who attacked and destroyed the city with a large stake in 1242, but who started the reconstruction, erecting the tower of Castel San Zeno and the two sections of the curtain on its sides. The building went by the Municipality of Padua, in that 1275 he built the section of wall adjacent to the Fortress of the Trees, all brick and devoid of the walkway. The remaining parts were higher among the 1342 and the 1362, sometimes alternating brick and trachyte of the Euganean Hills, by the lords of Carrara. Francesco il Vecchio entrusted the work of construction of the complex of the Fortress of the Trees in Franceschino de’ Schici. The city decided in 1405 his dedication to Venice, whose domain, with ups and downs, lasted until the fall of the Republic.

Monuments

- Cinta muraria (guided tours at the Tourist Office).
- Castle of San Zeno (guided tours at the Tourist Office).
- Fortress of the Trees (visited by appointment).
- Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta (visited by 7,30 to 12,00 and by 15,00 to 18,00 or 19,00 in summer).
- Former Church of St. Benedict (visited at events).
- Church of St. Francis (visited by 7,30 to 12,00 and by 15,00 to 18,00 or 19,00 in summer).
- Palazzo Pisani (be visited by prior arrangement with the property – Tel.: 0429 81368).
- Old Hospital of the Nativity (be visited by prior arrangement with the property – Tel.: 0429 804508).

Events

- Palio of the Ten Towns in Montagnana – 1First Sunday of September.
- Medieval New Year – 31 December.
- Sagra dell'Assunta – 15 August.
- Festa del Prosciutto Veneto Berico Euganeo “Raw sweet Montagnana” d.o.p. – 3First weekend of May.

Inner-city

The structure of the city, extraordinary example of a walled center, still well preserved, can already be seen from the outside, with a brief tour of the pits counterclockwise: the curtain wall of about 2 kilometers, rectangular irregular, crowned with battlements of Guelph and interspersed 24 towers semiesagonali, is surrounded by an embankment with moat, with two entrances open original eastward in the direction of Padua and to the west in the direction of Legnago. The walking tour has started from the south-west side of the walls, near the port XX Settembre, open in the 1885 Camillo Boito of. Continue to the left on the embankment outside the city, to fall in the moat at the western corner tower, and, passed the ditch, to reach the ring. Going to the right, in short we are located in front of Porta Legnago, Carrara dominated by the complex of the Rocca degli Alberi. Built between 1360 and the 1362, represents one of the most important and best preserved examples of medieval military architecture, consisting of a tower height of approximately 35 meters, by a keep to the city and the port structured in three reduced, preceded by a lunette in the range. Walked into town, you take in front of the arcaded Via Matteotti, Antica via Granda, central axis of the town, from which a short digression left Via N. Sauro leads to the eighteenth-century Church of S. Blessed, A little further, always from the central, you take away the right of Montagnana, to skirt the arches of the town in South Mure way to the left and reach the back of the fifteenth-century Church of S. Francis. Leave behind the walls, go along the path that follows the side of the building, to emerge in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, from where you take away the Carrara, in view of the mighty Castel S. Zeno, with Porta Padova. The complex is divided into 3 party: the keep Ezzellino, Porthole with 2 ramparts and the fort Ezzelino, features 2 corner towers placed diagonally, from where the first wall built in the middle of the thirteenth century with only bricks. Leaving the door, note the Palazzo Pisani, designed by Palladio. Crossing the range, is covered by the postern of S. Zeno, that leads into Piazza Trieste, by which you will soon reach through Via Marconi's central square, which overlooks the imposing Cathedral, with important paintings to’ internal. Porta Via Roma leads to Vicenza, open in the 1504 to connect the city to the river and Frassine in Vicenza. Coming out to the right, it is advisable to conclude the visit along the northeast quadrant of the walls, until you return to Castel San Zeno.

Useful links

www.comune.montagnana.pd.it