MEDIEVAL TOWN CITTADELLA
Medieval town Cittadella, a well preserved town of the Middle Ages. In fact, the Carraresi lords of Padua built it in the years 1220-21. In the detail, the Carraresi create their military and administrative strategic center in the medieval town Cittadella. Hence the position of this walled town is at the intersection of two main roads. The first road is the one that connects Padua to Bassano from south to north. And the second road is the directrix from Treviso to Vicenza that goes from east to west. Most of all, this road was part of the larger system of the Roman Via Postojna. Therefore, this location was the strength of Cittadella.
For sure the history of Cittadella is marked by the war events that affected the region. Ezzelino da Romano conquers the town in 1237. But Cittadella passes to the Scaligers in 1319 and to the Visconti in 1389. Hence, it returns back in the hands of Padua until 1405 when it passes to Venice. And again there are other dominations that succeed in less than one century. As a result, we find Roberto Sanseverino in the year 1483, and the Malatesta in 1504. At the end, Cittadella returns to the Venetians after the war against the League of Cambrai (1509).
The town of Marostica is one of the most important sites of the middle age in the Veneto. It takes the appearance of a fortified town thanks to the Scaligers, Lords of Verona. Hence in Marostica we find two castles. The upper castle on the top of the hill that nowadays it is just a ruin. And the lower castle that is in perfect condition. As we can see, a fortified wall links the two castles of Marostica.
And most relevant, just in front of the lower Castle, there is the Chess square. Here, since 1954, they perform a chess challenge with alive people. An event where the participants play with the costumes of the renaissance. As a result, it is an important event of the town of Marostica. It is held once every two even years, in the first week of September. The next one is on 2018!
Are you looking to another walled medieval towns day excursion? For this region our second proposal is Montagnana and Monselice day excursion