Discovering Montagnana

by Iryna Venco on 17 August 2017

The town of Montagnana, (PD)

Without any doubt, Montagnana is one of the most delightful historic towns of the Veneto region. It has achieved international fame thanks to its well-preserved town walls, which were built between the 13th and 14th centuries. Since then, they have undergone only minor modifications, with the exception of some alterations caused by natural degradation.

Historians believe that Montagnana’s roots stretch back to the Late Neolithic period. The first settlements in this area emerged along the river Adige, which runs through the region. The ancient origins of the town have been demonstrated by numerous archaeological finds discovered in the locations of Palù and Busi. However, the first historical record of Montagnana dates from 906.

Montagnana is situated about 50 km from important cultural centres such as Padua, Verona, Vicenza and Mantova, and is about 80 km from Venice. It was a strategically important site from ancient times. The Emilia Altinate road, known as the consular road, crossed this territory from the 2nd century BC, connecting Modena with Padua, Altino and Aquileia.

Today, Montagnana is a fascinating and stimulating place for tourists. It has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing, despite its small size. Most of the town’s attractions are conveniently located in the old centre, so it is easy to get around and it is possible to see all the sights in a short amount of time.

Besides the impressive medieval walls, other important landmarks include the Castle of San Zeno with its great keep of Ezzelino, the Civic Museum, the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II with its beautiful historic buildings, the St. Maria Assunta Cathedral and the mighty fortification Rocca degli Alberi.

In addition to the spectacular sightseeing, you can get a lot of pleasure from trying local gastronomic delights, enjoying a famous prosciutto festival, visiting an antiques market or simply taking a leisurely stroll through the lovely cobbled streets of the old town.

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