Padua (actually called Padova) is a city in Northern Italy and you are going to want to take a look at this place. Especially if you are looking for a more authentic, effortlessly beautiful destination.
The less instruction you take with you here the better, just wander around and get lost. You'll be met with classical cobble stone streets and piazzas, you'll happen upon some parks and gardens and even serendipitously arrive at a canal here and there and accidentally stubble upon Medieval and Roman ruins.
Truly an unpretentious destination where you can go, relax take a wander, pretend to be a local, take some lunch and a book to the park if it's nice weather. Only half an hour from Venice you could make this a day trip from there. Though we have the feeling that an overnight stay here would be rewarded.
If we were to name one must see it would be the Chapel. You'd be forgiven for not being impressed from the outside, it doesn't appear as though it would be much. But step inside and be taken aback by the artwork contained within - just look up.
Millions of pilgrims come here each year to visit Saint Anthony's cathedral (Basilica di Sant'Antonio) where its namesake's tomb is contained. Though it doesn't have a touristy feel to it.
P.S. Very much a University city, and the University of Padova is well esteemed, boasting Galileo as one of its former lectures. [Review by nikodonnell]
- Padua is a city in Italy's region of Veneto. It has a population of 214,125, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is VCE (Marco Polo, Venice)
- The main spoken language here is Italian, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note Padua is not a good point of entry for trips to Italy as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Rome, Genoa, Milan or Turin
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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For a small taste of this city check out there Official video just a couple of minutes.
To visit the Chapel The Scrovegni Chapel you will need to make a reservation here.
The Italian Backpacker is a wonderful resource with first hand accounts and images.
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