This is a large square that makes up the heart of Padua. On one side the Captain's palace with its great, functioning astronomical clock presides. It is also very popular in the evenings full of restaurant terraces and ice cream shops. The Captain's Palace was begun in the 14th century and was the residence of the Venetian governors of the city. The clock tower is open at the bottom with an arch that extends to Palazzo del Capitanio.
From Piazza della Signoria, where the Clock Tower stands, the Palazza del Capitanio can be reached by a short road past the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Duomo. The Diocesan Museum, which stands on one side, shows valuable works of jewelry, painting, and sculpture. The entrance to the art collection is free.
Parallel to the more famous Piazza delle Erbe, and connected to it by an arch, this space is just as beautiful by night. Here you can see a palace dating back to 1283, built in the Romanesque style, with its beautiful gallery made from Istria stone. It is dominated by the Tower of the Ancients, built in 1200, and destroyed in 1939.
Continuing along the historic old San Francisco route, you'll come to this square dominated by the neoclassical Prefecture building, and a large tomb which is said to hold the remains of the Trojan hero Antenore, founder of the city. This was the site of the church of Saint Stephen.