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Piazza dei Signori

Large and beautiful squares adorn our city which in the 17th century boasted of having nine squares, 38 bridges and 24 villages. Piazza dei Signori, one of the most evocative and vital spaces of Padua, one of the squares symbol of its history but also of its lively and active present, is so called because here stood the "Palazzo della Signoria", the Royal Palace of the Carraresi, Lords of Padua from 1318 to 1405. The square was wonderfully suited to the meetings and strolls of nobles. From the people it was first called the "Desolation", for the ruins of the buildings, demolished by the opposing factions or parties; then of the "Triumphs", for the magnificent parties that took place there. On May 9, 1848, after a passionate speech by Father Alessandro Gavazzi, to raise funds, weapons and men to enlist " In times close to us it was also called "Piazza Unità d'Italia", but then it returned to the old name. Jousting, tournaments were held here, and bullfighting was held on Shrove Thursday. In 1500 here was the arrival of the "Race of donkeys, putti (girls) and Jews" which started from the Porta dei Molini. The feast was held in memory of the victory and conquest of our city, carried out by the Venetians in 1509, fighting against the Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg. In times close to us it was also called "Piazza Unità d'Italia", but then it returned to the old name. Jousting, tournaments were held here, and bullfighting was held on Shrove Thursday. In 1500 here was the arrival of the "Race of donkeys, putti (girls) and Jews" which started from the Porta dei Molini. The feast was held in memory of the victory and conquest of our city, carried out by the Venetians in 1509, fighting against the Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg.
For Paduan people, taking a walk and reaching the squares of the historic center, such as Piazza della Frutta, delle Erbe and dei Signori, means entering and immersing yourself in the markets that traditionally animate the city every morning, and shopping at the same time is a pleasure, an appointment, a sort of daily ritual. But the haste, the distraction, the confusion and the habit distract us from looking up and admiring the architecture of the houses, the historic buildings that frame each square.
Piazza dei Signori is enclosed along the two major sides between two scenes of facades of arcaded houses, elegantly enriched by terraces with ancient wrought iron balconies, and then delimited by the Church of S. Clemente and the Palazzo del Capitanio, with the Torre dell ' Clock whose portico leads into Corte Capitaniato and the nearby square of the same name, where the Carraresi Castle stood, lords of Padua and where the Liviano building now houses the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, with rooms painted by Altichiero. On the southern side, the elegant Loggia del Consiglio or Gran Guardia stands out, the sixteenth-century building where the city's largest council met, of which we can appreciate the recent restoration, which took place with the contribution of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation.
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45° 24' 28.2348" N, 11° 52' 16.8672" E

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