Warm memories of Padua
"For the great desire I had to see
the beautiful Padua, cradle of the arts I have arrived ...
and to Padua have come, as thee who leaves
a pond to dive into the sea, and
with satiety seeks to quench his thirst. "
A city rich in history and culture
A wonderful city where you can breathe history and culture. Padua is the city of St. Anthony venerated throughout the world. It is the seat of one of the oldest universities in Italy, which has hosted famous personalities such as Galileo and Copernicus. You will also discover its beautiful medieval buildings, numerous churches and the magnificent frescoes of Giotto.
To be visited
A richness of architectural beauty. Padua is an elegant mix of culture, art and religion: we would certainly recommend a visit to the Basilica of St. Anthony and the Basilica and to the Basilica of Santa Giustina, a walk on one of the most beautiful and largest squares in Europe, Prato della Valle, with a central green island surrounded by 78 statues, the Palazzo della Ragione, once the legal and administrative centre of the city, now an exhibition centre, the Scrovegni Chapel with the magnificent Giotto’s frescoes, the University with the prestigious Palazzo Bo, seat of first anatomical theatre in the world and all the streets of the old town ... a city that will surprise you!
Discover one of the oldest covered markets, called "sotto il Salone" (under the big Hall). On the ground floor of the Palazzo della Ragione lots of small shops offering cheese, meat, quality cold cuts, etc. Do not miss a stroll through the shops and “botteghe” that are located under the arcades (or porteghi). From Piazza Garibaldi to via San Fermo, with its high-fashion brands like Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana and more at the Galleria Borromeo boutiques of famous designers such as Versace and Armani. Finally, via Roma, famous for its antique shops and oriental rugs.
In Padua you can sample delicious dishes such as ravioli of fresh pumpkin, risotto with peas or with bruscandoli (tops of fresh hops) and also the "polenta Fasoà" prepared with wite corn flour and accompanied by a bean soup, the duck with orange... and finally taste the sweetness of the cake of the Saint and traditional zaleti which are biscuits made of yellow corn flour and raisins.
Not to be missed
- Every Saturday morning Prato della Valle hosts a local market and every third Sunday of the month it hosts an interesting antique market.
- Stop at the Antica Drogheria ai Due Catini d’Oro which sells candied fruit, rare spices in Piazza della Frutta.
- Discover Padua aboard Sightseeing Bus.
- A must: taste the famous Spritz, a characteristic aperitif known throughout the Veneto region, which is obtained by mixing in equal parts white wine (Prosecco), carbonated water and Aperol.
- Go and discover rare plant species in the Botanical Gardens of University of Padua.
- Enjoy a pleasant evening at the famous Café Pedrocchi.
- Try a ride on the rollerblade in Prato della Valle!
- Take a leisurely stroll along the streets of downtown: Padua by night colours itself of a different light.
- Enjoy a concert at the Arena of Padua Exhibition Centre.