PALAZZO DELLA RAGIONE
The historical Palazzo della Ragione will host the 2021 edition of the World Tourism Event.
Symbol of the city of Padova, it was built in 1218, enlarged in 1306 by Giovanni degli Eremitani and used as city council’s assembly hall and palace of justice Until 1797.
The upper floor, called “il Salone”, is one of the largest medieval halls in the world. It has a beautiful wooden ceiling and is decorated by an outstanding cycle of frescoes (1425-1440), over 300 frescoes depicting the astrological knowledge, the influxes of stars on men’s activities and life.
In the hall there is a gigantic wooden horse built for a joust in 1466.
Currently the Salone hosts important art exhibitions and events, while the ground floor is still used, as in ancient times, as a food market. The old shops, where you can find all sort of Paduan specialties and delicatessen, are one of the most suggestive and characteristic corners of Padova.
Inside the Palazzo della Ragione you can also see a contemporary version of the famous Foucault’s pendulum, set up on a scientific project by prof. Giacomo Torzo of the Physics Department of the University of Padova.