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Exploring Veneto: Padova Padua

Padua is a city with many and many souls. Its proximity to Venice makes it an ideal place for a holiday full of art and culture, delicious cuisine and why not shopping! Today we would like to present it to you in general, but we will speak of all his excellence specifically in many other articles.

Padua was one of the cultural capitals of the XIV century: the pictorial testimonies of the 14th century-among all, the cycle of Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel make it crucial in developments of Western art.

From 1222 is home to a prestigious University that ranks among the oldest in the world and still is recognized internationally. Among the most important buildings we must mention the Palazzo del Bo, seat of the University from 1539.

Padua is located at the eastern end of the Po Valley, about 10 km north of the Colli Euganei and about 20 km west of the lagoon of Venice. The municipal area is crossed by several watercourses, which were given over the centuries, the shape and protection to the city. Its waterways are navigable and for that we can organize fun excursions aboard boats to see the city from the water.

Padua is known as the “city of the Saint“, thanks to the importance of the figure of Saint Anthony that for centuries has exercised a great attraction for pilgrims from all over the world and for the affection of p against what they consider “their” Saint.

Padova is full of the green spaces and the Botanical Garden is for sure the best one! It has been recently renovated and there is a new and unique Garden of Biodiversity. Opened in October 2014 is one of the world’s most advanced greenhouses, in this field. Within this new, futuristic, all collected more than 1,300 species of plants, ranging from every climate present in the globe.

Another green space, in addition to numerous parks in the area, is definitely Prato della Valle, the largest square of the city of Padua and among the largest in Italy and Europe. Prato della Valle still maintains its historical aspects of place of commerce and entertainment. Every Saturday it is held the traditional market of Padua with over 160 counters and then there is an antiques market every third Sunday of the month. It is also the perfect place for summer concerts, events and shows taking place all year, besides being the arrival point of the marathon.

Caffè Pedrocchi, dubbed as the coffee shop without doors, opened in 1916 and unique venue, elegant and refined.

Altinate Cultural Centre for exhibitions, meeting place, and space reserved to events.The Loggia dei Carraresi dating back to 1300.
The Palazzo della Ragione that is one of the jewels of the city, surrounded by two of the most beautiful squares, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta where takes place every day a lively market, and are also the venue for an aperitif with its outdoor cafes and its typical Venetian gastronomy shops that enliven its arcades.

Noteworthy is also the Specola, the home of the ancient Observatory of the University of Padua, where you can have a beautiful view of the city from above.

The city’s museums are a lot and really interesting.
Very famous is the Scrovegni Chapel that is located in the historic centre of Padua and houses a famous cycle of frescoes by Giotto in the early 14th century, considered one of the masterpieces of Western art.

Then there are still the Eremitani Town Museums, Museo Diocesano, Palazzo Zabarella and Palazzo Zuckermann and the Science Museum that offers many activities for children and many art galleries.

One reason for pride of padua consists of arcades, are littered everywhere in downtown tradition of building in town taking advantage of this architectural solution is old, there are arcades in Romanesque style, Gothic, Renaissance, neo-classical and modern.

The gastronomic tradition of Padua is very long and rich in many dishes, mostly fresh produce of the country tradition, but of this we will speak much more depth in an upcoming post.

In Padua, besides eating well you drink too. The production of alcohol ranges from good wines from the hills, the famous spirits, not to mention the now famous spritz, which was invented right here in his form became internationally popular.