Padua Italy

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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With city records dating back to 45 B.C., Padua Italy is one of the most ancient cities in all of Europe, and holds an abundance of historical and artistic attractions. A wealthy, diversified city with a wide industrial base, Padua Italy is not dependent on tourism for her local economy, and as a result, has a more urban, collegiate and elegant feel than other tourist destinations in the region. If that weren't enough to draw your interest, it's said the the local markets held on the downtown square feature some of the best produce and dry goods in all of northwestern Italy.

Highlights in Padua Italy

The center of Padua Italy holds a host of attractions. One spot to catch is The University of Padua. The University was established in 1222, and counts among her professors Galilleo and Petrarch. Few of her original buildings still stand, but among those that remain is the famed Anatomy Theatre, built around 1550.

For fans of renaissance churches--and religious oddities--The Basilica di Sant' Antonio contains not only Saint Anthony of Padua's marble tomb, but also his tongue--intact after 7 centuries. The Basilica has been a pilgrimage destination since 1231. And be sure to check out the statues and bronzes of Renaissance master sculptor Donatello. Particularly impressive is his highly realistic equestrian statue which stands heroically at the basilica entrance.

Before you leave, make time to see Giotto's recently restored, vibrantly colored frescoes. Located in Scorvegni Chapel, they cover the walls, depicting biblical scenes from floor to ceiling. If you're interested in colorful and flamboyant festivals, you won't want to miss the Festa of Sant'Antonio held annually in June.

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