PADUA - PADOVA
Padua in Veneto Italy, a city of art and culture is famous for the recall due to the fame of St. Anthony, and for the famous paintings by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel.
In Padua has also established one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in 1222.
Rich and vibrant city, with surroundings reaches a population of over 400000 inhabitants.
Elegant lounge of the city is the famous café Pedrocchi, housed in an elegant neoclassical building.
Remarkable is also the Piazza dei Signori in which are the Palazzo del Capitanio and the Loggia della Gran Guardia.
The Prato della Valle is the largest square in the city of Padua and in Italy and one of the largest in Europe with an area of 88620 m² . The current configuration dates from the late eighteenth century and is characterized by elliptical central island (20,000 square meters), surrounded by a canal on the banks of which is a double ring of statues. In medieval times was known as Campo di Marte.
For Paduans is known as Pra Dea Vae or simply Pra.
The Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, which houses the relics of Sant? Antonio of Padua is the most important church in the city and one of the largest and most visited places of cult in the world.
The saint was born in Lisbon in 1195 and died in Padua June 13, 1231 was only 36 years. Is regarded as a great saint who was canonized in just a year after his death and many miracles are attributed to him.
The square in front hosts the equestrian monument to Gattamelata by Donatello.
The University of Padua was founded in 1222 by students and professors who left the University of Bologna for greater freedom and autonomy.
With the passage to the Venetian Republic in 1405, the university experienced its period of greatest splendor. Among the most famous teachers, it includes around 1600 Galileo Galilei.
Very frequent in the city are the arcades that run in the city for over 12 km.
Padua, Veneto Italy