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Prato della Valle is the largest square in Europe and probably one of the most beautiful in the world. The red Venetian style building at left is now a police station and if you look carefully you can spot statues of Giotto at right and Dante at left. A closer view here:

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Italy/Veneto/Padua/Padua/photo1540188.htm

More information here from Wikitravel.

"At 90.000 square meters, Prato della Valle is the biggest square in Europe and probably one of the most beautiful in the World. Historically a Roman theater and later a fairground, it was redone in 1775 to the present layout: a large central grassy area, surrounded by a statue-lined canal, then a broad expanse of flagstones before a couple lanes of traffic are allowed to trickle around it in the distance. Saturdays the square hosts a giant market. Other large events occur frequently (concerts, fairs, etc.). The area around the canal is well-used by joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers. The square is also a great place to sit in the evening, relaxing and watching the world go by. The statues appear to have been placed precisely to be good backrests."

Padua is known as 'Padova' in Italian.

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