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Basilica of St. Giustina in Padova According to one version, the founder of this town was a mighty warrior Antinori, whose tomb is not yet found by archaeologists. This is a major cultural center and home to many great artists.

The central part of the city consists of three squares – Piazza della Frutta, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signiori. The symbol of the city - the magnificent Palace of Reason – is also located here. The palace was built in the 15th century. One of the halls of the palace is decorated with beautiful frescoes created by the famous medieval masters Stefano da Ferrara and Nicolo Miretto. A large gallery is opened in the palace. This place is known for wonderful views of the town. You will find shops of merchants who offer wide selection of goods on each of the squares of Padova. As it comes from the names of the squares, Piazza della Frutta is the location of a large fruit market, while the others sell mainly souvenirs and handcrafts.
Not far away from the squares is located one more place of interest - one of the oldest schools in Europe - Padova University. It was founded in 1222; Galileo himself taught in the walls of this university, as well as many other famous physicists and mathematicians. If eight centuries ago the number of students of the university was approximately 500 students, today their number exceeds 63 thousands.
Cappella degli Scrovegni is one of the main cultural sights of this town. The chapel is decorated with frescoes by Giotto. Since the building is very old and requires careful approach, the excursion to the chapel lasts 15 minutes only. The number of visitors that can enter the premises at the same time is also severely restricted. Such measures are necessary in order to maintain the climate within the building. Any change of it may destroy the works of art. Copyright
Padua restaurants will be of great interest for Italian cuisine admirers and genuine pizza gourmands. A small budgetary restaurant named Orsucci serves a popular Italian treat in more than … Open
The city has many beautiful palaces, and the Palazzo della Ragione is among the most spectacular ones. Its construction began in the 12th century and lasted almost a hundred years. Over the centuries, the main feature of the palace had always been its beautiful ceiling frescoes, created by Giotto di Bondone. But in the 18th century, the roof collapsed, and these wonderful works of art have been lost forever.
Relazioni di reciprocita Now the main artifact of the ancient palace is the Stone of Infamy, on which bankrupts were punished in the Middle Ages.

Another interesting cultural site is the Zuckermann Palace where the Museum of Applied & Decorative Arts is currently housed. It presents a rich collection of ancient works of art, as well as unique products made of stone and metal. In the museum, you can also find an extensive collection of ancient weapons, medieval clothes, ceramics and antique furniture. The very building is of great architectural value.
By the amount of significant tourist objects the city of Padua trails only the majestic sea-born city of Venice. Padua is a large and impressive city which offers its guests various … Open
An interesting religious monument is the Basilica of Santa Giustina. According to the legends, it is located in the very place where the holy Christian martyr Justina of Padua was buried more than 1,500 years ago. The first church on the site of the present one was built back in the 6th century. Today, visitors to the city can see the basilica that was erected in the 16th century.
Padova, Prato della Valle The cross-shaped building is striking in its scale, the length of the church is 122 meters, and the width is 82 meters. The basilica is also interesting for its old art decorations and religious artifacts.
Padua hosts one of the natural sights of global significance which is a majestic botanical garden. A promenade through the Orto Botanico di Padova will be of great interest to all the guests … Open
The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony is a religious monument of a much earlier period. Its location is also not accidental - the basilica was built in the 13th century over the burial site of St. Anthony of Padua. Now the saint's tomb is inside the temple, and pilgrims from all over the world come to bow to it.
padova piazza Travelers who are interested in the history and culture of the ancient world would be happy to visit the Civic Museum Eremitani. A significant part of the museum's exposition is works of famous artists - here you can see beautiful paintings by Bellini, Giotto, and Tintoretto. The museum has a vast archaeological department, which displays valuables found in the city and its immediate vicinity.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Padua and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Padua
♥   Shopping area ' Via Santa Lucia' Padova, 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Via Cavour' Padova, 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Piazza Garibaldi' Padova, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Via San Fermo' Padova, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Via Altinate' Padova, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Padua
♥   Castle 'Castello Della Montecchia' Selvazzano Dentro, 9.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Di San Pelagio' Padova, 11.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di San Martino della Vaneza' Cervarese Santa Croce, 13 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello del Catajo' Battaglia Terme, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montegalda' Montegalda, 16.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Padua
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi' , 85.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'The Dolomites' , 111.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Riva degli Schiavoni

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
The central embankment was founded in 19th century. It was built on dumpy sediments from the Big Channel. The most outstanding place of interest is where the embankment crosses Rio del Vin Channel. There you can see Ettore Ferrari 's bronze sculptures. People who like to walk a lot can continue their route and go further. The central embankment moves smoothly into the adorable Riva Ca di Dio Embankment. … Read further

Ponte di Rialto

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
Until 1854 Rialto remained the only crossing over the Grand Canal. In the middle of the 19th century the academy bridge was built. The best way to see the old bridge in every detail - with the gondola or the promenade boat under it to drive. From the bridge, the wonderful view of the Rialto district and the historic sights on the banks of the Grand Canal are open. … Read further
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