Piazza del Santo
Square in Padova
The Piazza del Santo is a large square in Padua located in front of the Basilica di Sant’Antonio. With a number of cafes and restaurants to choose from all overlooking the Basilica of St Antonio, a nice area to watch the world go by. Alongside the church stands the equestrian statue of Venetian army commander Gattamelata, the first monumental equestrian statue since the Roman era, created by the Early Renaissance sculptor Donatello, who worked in Padua from 1441 to 1453.
The square also houses the Museo Antoniano which is the church’s art collection. You can climb to the upper floor of the Scuola di Sant’Antonio to see 17 heavily restored frescoes depicting the saint’s miracles. In the adjoining Oratorio San Giorgio are more frescoes by Altichieri and Avanzi.
Visiting Piazza del Santo