The place to see and be seen, the Prato della Valle is a part park, part meet up, and part public market, and part event space.

Initially created in 1635 as a place for parades and mock battles on horseback, the Prato was converted to a public square in 1775.  Now the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, the Prato is a lovely spot for a stroll.

The Prato has a ring of water and a central island.  While the water wasn't particularly clean on the day we visited, there were fish swimming in it! Along the sides of the watery ring stand 78 life-sized marble statues of spiritual and intellectual leaders from the 18th century.

The Prato is very close to the Basilica of Saint Anthony and a hang out for young and old.

Read more about Prato della Valle here.

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