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Padua

Basilica di Sant'Antonio

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Padua, a small city not too far from Venice, is well–known as a centre of culture and tradition. Padua offers  tourists the opportunity to visit masterpieces such as works by Donatello and Giotto. A small park between the railway station and the old city centre occupies the space where once was the residence of the Scrovegni.

The palace was demolished in the XIX° century and only the chapel survived the demolition. There you can admire one of the greatest frescoes of Giotto. 

The ancient university is in the middle of the old city centre. Inside stands the room once used for anatomical studies. The University of Padua was the first to allow Galileo to teach, at the time when the Church wanted to condemn him.

The huge Palazzo della Ragione, seat of the Tribunal, divides Piazza della Frutta from Piazza delle Erbe. Not too far from Erbe, there is the Palazzo del Capitano which once hosted the representatives of the Venetian Republic. 

The cathedral of Padua dates backs to the XVI century and is near the ancient baptistery (XIV° century). In the south of Padua, is the Basilica of St. Antonio, a church built during the XIV century in a Romanesque and Gothic style.

The Gattamelata, a statue by Donatello in honour of Erasmo da Narni, is placed just in front of the church. Prato della Valle is a vast circular area surrounded by trees, channels, bridges and statues. 

If you visit Padua, don't forget to have an aperitif drink in one of the typical little bars that you'll find in the city centre. It's a typical Venetian custom, which everyone gets involved in.

How to get there from Venice:

Padua is easily reached by bus, using the service offered by Sita Padova or by train service provided by trenitalia.
We suggest getting around Padua by foot or by using public transportation provided by APS.


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