Montagnana

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Montagnana
Comune
Comune di Montagnana
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Coat of arms of Montagnana
Coat of arms
Montagnana is located in Italy
Montagnana
Montagnana
Location of Montagnana in Italy
Coordinates: 45°14′00″N 11°27′40″E / 45.23333°N 11.46111°E / 45.23333; 11.46111
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Padua (PD)
Frazioni Borgo San Marco, Borgo San Zeno, Borgo Frassine
Government
 • Mayor Loredana Borghesan (Coalition)
Area
 • Total 45 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (1 January 2017 [1])
 • Total 9,120
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montagnanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 35044
Dialing code 0429
Patron saint Sant'Antonio
Website Official website

Montagnana is a town and comune in the province of Padova, in Veneto (northern Italy). Neighbouring communes are Saletto, Megliadino San Fidenzio, Casale di Scodosia, Urbana, Bevilacqua, Pojana Maggiore, Pressana, Minerbe and Roveredo di Guà. As of 2017, the population of Montagnana is 9120. The town was awarded with the Bandiera Arancione and is part of the I Borghi più belli d'Italia association.

Main sights[edit]

  • The famous medieval city wall, is one of the best preserved examples of medieval walls in Europe.
  • The Castle of San Zeno, built by Ezzelino III da Romano. Another castle is the Rocca degli Alberi, built by the Carraresi family in 1360–62.
  • The Gothic Cathedral (1431–1502), with late-Renaissance additions. The interior includes a Transfiguration by Paolo Veronese and fresco of Judith and David, recently attributed to Giorgione.
  • Palazzo Magnavin-Foratti, in Gothic-Venetian style.
  • The Town Hall (1532).

Outside the city is the Villa Pisani, one of Andrea Palladio's masterpieces. The nearby town of Cittadella in the same province is also a walled town.

Ancient walls[edit]

The ancient walls that surrounds Montagnana were built in the eleventh century to protect the town. It is a 2 km long wall with a height that varies between 6.5 to 8 meters. [2]

Culture[edit]

Two of the 20th century's greatest operatic tenors, Giovanni Martinelli and Aureliano Pertile, were both born in the town in 1885.

Food and cuisine[edit]

Montagnana is famous for its delicious Prosciutto Veneto PDO, in mid-May the city organizes a festival with conferences and tastings that attracts thousands of visitors.

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Popolazione residente". istat. istat. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Magicoveneto". www.magicoveneto.it. www.magicoveneto.it. Retrieved 6 October 2017.