Cittadella, a walled city with a beautiful ramparts walk
My trip to the town of Cittadella brought back memories from the past and no, I’m not referring to the town’s medieval re-enactment.
Last year, in July, I went to Andalusia on one of my first trips as a newly-minted travel blogger. We visited Malaga, Malaga and Ronda. The latter is a beautiful town perched atop a cliff and it almost seems suspended mid-air. I adored it from the first moment I saw it: romantic and incredibly fascinating.
Visiting Cittadella brought me back in time, to a year ago – I loved it! Cittadella is a wonderful walled town of medieval origin, that is located a few kilometers from important cities such as Padua, Vicenza and Treviso. The well-preserved walls are one of the few examples of a walkable defensive structure.
THE RAMPARTS WALK
The walls are 14-meters tall and some of the towers can be almost 30-meters tall. Seen from above, it is similar to an ellipse. It stretches for 1461 meters and it includes four towers: Porta Bassano, Porta Treviso, Porta Padova and Porta Vicenza.
All around them there’s a spring-water moat (which reminds me so much of Montagnana, a town near Padua). In ages past, the moat was double the width and depth with plenty of fish.
When was the newly-restored ramparts walk inaugurated? On 8th June 2013. The inauguration festival lasted a week with many cultural events, street food and medieval banquets.
Why should I go? Because it offers a magnificent view of the town and it’s the only one of its kind in Europe.
How much does it cost?
- Standard €5.
- Concessions € 3 (includes: residents of Cittadella, children aged 4 to 17, students up to 26 years old, people over 65, groups of at least 10 who have reserved in advance).
- €4 for members of Touring Club Italiano.
- Family € 14 (2 adults and 2 children).
- Free for children up to 3 years.
Anything I need to know before my visit?
- The walkway remains closed in case it snows or there’s a thunderstorm.
- You can’t take strollers or prams with you on the walkway, but you can leave them at the ticket office.
- Small dogs can come with you on the walkway but only if you carry them in your arms for the entire duration of the tour.
- Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by adults.
- Smoking is prohibited during the tour.
- Those who suffer from vertigo are advised not go on the walkway.
Are there any recurring events or festivals? Thanks to the important work carried out by the tourist information office, there are several festivals throughout the year. Here’s some of them:
- Guided walks at sunset with music. From June till August, every Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am until 7 pm.
- Guided walks with medieval reenactors. Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017, 9 am until 6 pm.
- Guided walks by night. Saturday 21 October 2017 – from 9 pm to 11 pm.
- Nativity scene: 8th, 9th and 10th December 2017 – from 10 am until 4 pm.
- Every weekend, from April until October, you can rent a boat to tour the moat (1 hour).
THAT SPECIAL SOMETHING
The local government’s focus on tourism means that there’s plenty more to do in Cittadella.
Visitors have the chance to immerse themselves in medieval times, making a trip to Cittadella nothing short of unique.
How? A Family day to learn more about the ancient medieval crafts. Educational workshops are organized every first Sunday of the month and, if booked in advance, they can be arranged on any other day of the week.
Where? Torre di Malta
Opening times? From 3 pm until 4.30 pm.
How much? € 5.50 for each participant.
Call 049-9404485 to book.
Workshops for adults on ancient medieval crafts. Spend a fun and creative afternoon, learning about miniatures, gothic writing and binding.
Where? Torre di Malta
Opening times? From 3 pm until 6 pm.
How much? €10 for each participant.
Call 049-9404485 to book.
Visits for school groups. Just €12 per person allow the entire class to discover this beautiful town.
Those who love to travel by camper will find that Cittadella has 2 large car parks and a well-equipped camper area, just minutes away from the old town. In addition, the tourist information offer is always available to help you plan an itinerary that includes nearby sights (Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, Palladian Villas, etc…).
ORGANIZATION AND TOURISM
This visit to Cittadella was organized by the IAT Tourist Office, which invited a group of journalists and bloggers to discover this beautiful town near Padua.
It was a hot day, one of those that not even the air conditioning made bearable. Despite this, we were led on the ramparts walk, stopping at each one of the 4 towers. At lunchtime, we had a meal at a cafe, where we ate some pasta and appetizers. After that, the visit continued to the Duomo, but there was a wedding and we were not able to visit properly. We were also shown the room where the workshops take place.
Five of us then chose to take a boat tour along the moat. I wasn’t among them so I don’t have any first-hand experience but it seems an alternative way to admire the beauty of this town from a new perspective.
Thank you for inviting me!