I have been in Padua for many years first for studying at the University and now for working, but I have been recently surprised from the discovering of a fantastic place with its small park: bastion Alicorno.
This is a green area with the main entrance from the Cavallotti street and then following the unpaved path it is possible to break off the city and reach the bastion. Unfortunately the view is not interesting like this wall structure and its interior.
The accessing gate is under the two flights of stairs, but it is opened only for shows and private events and it is very sad because there is a big area that remains unusable for large part of the year. It has some rooms and forts and it is subdivided in two floors with the proper stairs. The natural light is caused by two wide holes in the upper.
Here is the photo gallery on Google Photo
Where is it?
The park and bastion is located along the city walls, in the south west of the Padua. For more info I embed the Google Maps:
It was built in medieval epoch in order to defend and check one of the harbours area of Padua. The name "torrione Liocorno" is reported for the first time in the acts of the Venice Republic in the 400s for some improvements. In 1509 it was rebuild with modern forms, but with provisional materials (wood and embankment), by fra' Giocondo as defense from the imminent attach of Massimiliano and then finished with brickwork by Sebastiano from Lugano in 1517.
A panoramic view from the bastion
The Alicorno park, on the top of the bastion, is a little part of the old big one of the Trieste house, probably built over a Giuseppe Jappelli project. It was full of precious trees as magnolia and Liban cedar, there was also a small lake. In 1842 after the IV Astronomic Congress, the astronomic observatory put a milestone-shaped obelisk, still visible, in order to show the meridian of Padua. In 1922 a part of the garden was expropriated and the Trieste house was demolished in order to build the Città-giardino.
A panoramic view from the unpaved path near the astronomic obelisk