The Walled Cities in Veneto
If you are in Veneto, you definitely have to take the time to visit its walled cities. These are cities that still have, at least in part, their original defensive walls built by the Etruscans, Romans, or in Middle Ages. Here is just a partial list of the most charming walled cities in Veneto. Marostica, in the province of Vicenza is famous for its chess game with live people that takes place in the town square every two years. The city walls, however, are the first thing you notice when you get close to this small town. The walls rise on the slopes of the hill Pausolino, and connect the Upper Castle to the Lower Castle.Bassano del Grappa is not far from Marostica and is known as the capital of the Italian Alpini. It is famous for its bridge built over the Brenta river in 1571. From this bridge, called “old bridge” or “bridge of the Alpini”, you can admire the castle of the Ezzelini and its walls. You can also take a tour around the walls.
Cittadella, in the province of Padua, is by far one of the best preserved cities of Europe.
It is the perfect example of the military architecture of XIII century. The walls are 1.4 kilometers long and they are completely surrounded by a big ditch full of water. It is possible to go on top of the walls and walk all the perimeter on foot.
Monselice is located in the province of Padua. The actual walls date back to the 14th century. Here you can visit the castle, which was built in the year 1000 and expanded in the 13th century by Ezzelino III da Romano.
Castelfranco Veneto is located in the province of Treviso. Castelfranco's walls were built at the end of the XII century. The walls are very tall, made of red bricks, and punctuated by five towers. The original village contains several major works of art, including the Madonna, kept in the cathedral, painted by Giorgione in 1504.
Montagnana is one of the best preserved walled cities in Veneto. Its walls, interspersed with 24 towers, date back to the 14th century and are almost two kilometers long. Inside the walls you can visit the dome, which hosts several works of art.
These are only a few of the walled cities of Veneto. To get the complete list, and to plan a tour of these charming cities, please contact Mydas Travel!