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House of Petrarca

What to see in Arquà Petrarca, Padova, Veneto


The house where the poet Fracesco Petrarca spent the last years of his life, originally from the thirteenth century, has two distinct bodies separated by a difference in height. During the restoration work, the poet had some windows opened on the façade and made a single accommodation with two units: the lower one reserved for servants, the upper one for his family. In the 16th century it was bought by the Paduan nobleman Pietro Paolo Valdezocco, who had a Renaissance loggia and an external staircase built. The walls were entirely painted with tempera, depicting subjects inspired by the Canzoniere, the Triumphs and Africa. Presently there is preserved the study in which Petrarch died and, placed in a niche, the mummy of the poet's cat.

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  • Via Valleselle, 4, Arquà Petrarca (Padova)
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Arquà Petrarca

Arquà Petrarca
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