Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta are two famous squares of Padua.
The two squares are joined by the “Canton delle busie“, that is a covered passage called so because here the liars, the defendants and the debtors were hit on the back with a rope.
For centuries, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta were the commercial centre of the city.
In the two squares takes place one of the largest markets in Italy.
Unlike Piazza dei Signori, the theatre of civic celebrations, Piazza delle Erbe was the main square of popular celebrations. The square is dominated by Palazzo della Ragione, part of the great Palazzo Comunale.
Piazza della Frutta is dominated by Palazzo della Ragione, part of the large Palazzo Comunale and the Torre degli Anziani. The square is characterized by the Column of Peronio.