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Padova Off The Beaten Path: 77 reviews and 245 photos

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      part of the walled perimeter
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      Palazzo Magnavian Foratti
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The town is only 10,000 people and they work in mainly the trade of ham processing and old type furniture building. The town was a key point for defenses even back to Roman times. The Marchesi d'Este feudal lords had control after defeating Ezzelino da Romano. He had bult castello San Zeno in the 1200's into the fortified walls. the walls are 15-17 meters high and run 2 kilometers with 24 towers to defend and only two gate entrances. The walls were further fortified by the Carresi family in the 1300's, when Padova then had control of the territory. Venice took control from 1405-1797 and stablized the town and area.
On Sundays the Biblioteca and museum is closed to visitors. There is a small Roman artifact section donw under by the gate entrance. The Palazzo Foratti is occupied by business and law offices. It has been restored and the Byzatine style windows still come through

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  • Updated Jun 3, 2008
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