At the heart of the Venetian plain lies a vibrant province that’s rich in history and culture, boasting an incredibly interesting historical and natural heritage: Padua
Established more than 3,000 years ago along a bend of the river Brenta, today, Padua is a modern and cosmopolitan city that is incredibly famous for its university and various works of art. The best way to discover Padua and its people is to walk around the city's porticos, characteristic squares and ancient ports.
Padua’s surrounding area is also not to be missed: from the Euganean Hills to the enchanting walled towns dating back to medieval times. Or why not sail along the network of waterways around the countryside, starting to the east and ending up in the Venetian Lagoon?
- Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Frutti: these two squares have hosted the city's daily fruit and vegetable market for centuries.
- The Palazzo della Ragione, known as the “Salone” (“great hall”)
- Piazza dei Signori, an elegant Renaissance square, surrounded by famous monuments such as the Church of S. Clemente, the Palazzo del Capitanio and the Clock Tower also featuring an astronomical clock.
- Piazza del Duomo where you’ll find the majestic Cathedral and ancient Baptistery named after St. John the Baptist, which is decorated throughout by frescoes by Giusto de’ Menabuoi.
- The symbolic Caffè Pedrocchi in front of the Palazzo Bo, home to Italy's second oldest university where Galileo Galilei also once taught.
- The Scrovegni Chapel, the undisputed masterpiece by the great Giotto.
- Piazza del Santo, whose statues include Donatello's monument to Gattamelata in the centre of the square.
- The world’s oldest Botanical Garden, a UNESCO world heritage site.