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Views of Montagnana



Matteo Scarmignan




The origins of Montagnana probably date back to the Roman Age, in a territory subject to frequent flooding and surrounded by the river Adige, up to the so-called Cucca road that changed the course of the river. The name derives from the toponym Motta Aeniana, in Medieval Latin Motta showed a small hill while aeniana a mansio. In addition to the extraordinary fortified complex, the city is appreciated for the urban fabric, made of streets and buildings that have arisen in the Renaissance period and during the economic recovery of the XIX century. On the central square extends the Cathedral (1431-1502), from the imposing late-gothic style with Renaissance additions. Always on the square, overlooks the elegant palazzo Valeri and the old Monte di Pietà. In Via Matteotti stands the Palazzo Magnavin-Foratti, in a refined Venetian Gothic style, which is said to have been the residence of Jacopa, wife of the condottiere Erasmo from Narni, called the Gattamelata. In Via Carrarese is located the city hall, attributed to the architect veronese Michele Sanmicheli (1538). In Via Scaligera there is the church of the late-Romanesque church of San Francesco, with adjacent monastery of Poor Clares; in via San Benedetto overlooks the homonymous baroque church (in the course of restoration). Just outside of the village, close to Porta Padova, there is the villa Pisani, one of the masterpieces of Palladio. The most significant monuments, however, are constituted by the walls, from the fortress of the trees and the castle of San Zeno. The works of fortification high-medieval age, which are assumed to be strengthened in the X century in defense of the raids of the Hungarians. Montagnana is cited as castrum in a document of 996. The tower of the castle of San Zeno (today agibile fin on top) is assigned to him. The current walls, which constitute one of the examples the most celebrated and best preserved of medieval military architecture in Europe, except the complex of Castel San Zeno and the lengths of the boundary to the east and the West that are the oldest, dating back to the half of the Fourteenth Century. The fortified city is enclosed in an irregular quadrilateral dimensions of about 600x300 meters with an area of 24 hectares and a perimeter of about two kilometers. Inside of the fornix that govern the rampart walk were positioned warehouses (canipe) for the custody of the goods produced in the countryside (can still be noticed the notches to fix the plates in wood). Around the walls ran a wide moat (the current picturesque green and vallo) flooded with the water of the river Frassine (boundary toward the Vicentino) derived by means of a channel to a raised embankments (Fiumicello) having the function of a defensive vallo of welding along which, from the padovana, was a menagerie raised for the concentration of troops. All around the area were uncrossable marshes or districts that could be flood in case of war, so that the walled city was the key of the padovana frontier toward west. Access to the city was controlled by the fortified gates of the castle of San Zeno (to the east, toward Padova) and of the Fortress of trees (west, toward the veronese). Only later, in 1500, was opened to the north of a third gate (Porta Nova or Vicenza) to facilitate communication with the river port of Frassine. At the end of the Nineteenth Century a fourth passage was practiced toward the south, for access to the railway station (Porta XX Settembre). Since 1977, renewing a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, it runs every year in Vallo below the fortress of the Trees, the Palio of the 10 Montagnanese Municipality. It, thanks to the commemoration in costume of figures of medieval and renaissance and al Mercatino, attracts every year (1ª Sunday of September) numerous tourists.

Municipality of Montagnana
Province of Padua
Veneto region

Population: 9,214
Altitude Center: 16 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Paesi bandiera arancione
Borghi e Castelli tra Padova e Verona
Piccole Città Storiche del Veneto

Unesco site:
Vicenza e le Ville del Palladio nel Veneto - Villa Pisani

Municipality of Montagnana
Via Carrarese 14 - Montagnana (PD)
phone +39 0429-81247

Montagnana and its ham Veneto Berico-Euganeo DOP.

The splendid borgo walled heart of the production of the delicious Venetian ham.

The legend of Montagnana's red coats

A simple and brilliant stratagem that allowed the village to remain in Padova's domain

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Next or present Events

  • Spring Festival of Montagnese at Fair

    Add to calendar 2019-04-06 2019-04-06 Europe/Rome Spring Festival of Montagnese at Fair Enchanting floral exhibition that accommodates more than 25,000 visitors and a hundred exhibitors.
    first weekend in April.

    Enchanting floral exhibition that accommodates more than 25,000 visitors and a hundred exhibitors.
    first weekend in April.

  • Santa Maria Assunta Patronal Festival
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-15 2019-08-15 Europe/Rome Santa Maria Assunta Patronal Festival Montagnana

  • Palio of the 10 municipalities of Montagnanese

    Add to calendar 2019-09-01 2019-09-01 Europe/Rome Palio of the 10 municipalities of Montagnanese Montagnana

  • Feast of Our Lady of Health
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-11-21 2019-11-21 Europe/Rome Feast of Our Lady of Health Montagnana

Past Events

  • Montagnanese at the Fair
    From 29-09-2017
    To 02-10-2017

    The event was born with the intent to rediscover and enhance its land, starting from the origins.

  • SYNC undergroundmusic

    The season marked Sync has begun, on October 6 we begin to open the dances, with new and old Dj companions.

  • Dam Project-4th bicycle Sunday, October 15

    Sunday, October 15, fourth and last bike with the project I am embankment to discover our territory together with the tourist guides and the creativity of the young artists involved in the project!

  • Walking with history ed. 2017-Stage in Montagnana

    Territorial event, organized by the Atesino Consortium of Pro Loco in collaboration with local pro locos.

  • Blog Tour

Other Events

  • Weekly market: every Thursday;, in Via Matteotti, Via Carrarese, Via Marconi, Via Roma, Via San Benedetto, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II e in Piazza Trieste;
  • Antiques and Collectibles Market: takes place every third Sunday of the month, except July and August, in the beautiful setting of the historic center, even in bad weather.Al Mercatino you can find objects and antique furniture, but also other "vintage" and collectible material.
  • May - Feast of Montagnana sweet raw ham;
  • April - Montagnana Festival. In addition to the award of the "Sanmicheli" Award, it includes the organization of exhibitions and workshops dedicated to photography, sculpture and painting, concerts, guided tours, meetings and conferences;
  • Early October - Montagnanese in Fiera. Review of the agricultural and artisan world in which typical products, agricultural machinery and everything is exhibited; which is linked to local tradition;