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Padova is known as the city of the “Saint without a name”, the “field without grass” and the “café without doors”.

The Basilica of Saint Anthony is so famous that locals simply call it “Il Santo” (The Saint).
The monumental neoclassical square "Prato della Valle", the largest in Europe, was originally a marshy place where grass never grew.
In the 19th Century, the famous cafè-bar “Pedrocchi” was built and it was open day and night!

The origins of the city date back to a very ancient past; an ancient legend found in Virgil’s “Aeneid tells the story of “Antenore”, who, escaping from the fire of Troy, founded the city of Padua.
Historically, Padova was established over three thousand years ago and was one of the main centres for the development of the Ancient Veneti tribes.
The Roman period can still be witnessed by visiting the remains of an ancient arena and even more can be discovered at the Civil Museum which is also linked to the Scrovegni Chapel, hosting Giotto’s majestic cycle of frescoes.

palazzo della ragionePadova is a picturesque city and with its 12 km of arcaded streets, you can have a pleasant guided walk both with rain or sunshine!

Discover and enjoy the Medieval city centre with our tour guides, its lively squares including Piazza dei Signori and Piazza della Frutta e delle Erbe. Then the guided walk continues around the Palazzo della Ragione, the XIII/XIV century City Council and Low Court. The Great Hall on the upper floor is reputed to have Europe’s largest unsupported roof. On the ground floor experience the colourful market just as it was in the Middle Ages. The Jewish Ghetto, characterized by narrow streets and tall buildings, is also located in the surrounding area.

università del boNot to be missed is also the Palazzo del Bo’ the city’s main university building. Padova is famous for its university which was founded in 1222 and is the second oldest in Italy. It is renowned for its Faculty of Medicine and hosts the Anatomy Theatre, built in 1594. The university also boasts the oldest Botanical Garden in the world, founded in 1545 as a garden of curative herbs which is attached to the University’s Faculty of Medicine and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Galileo Galilei taught at the university of Padua and it is here that the first ever woman, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, graduated in 1678.

The province of Padova offers many interesting tours: Medieval walled cities including CittadellaMonselice, Este, Montagnana, historical and picturesque towns like Arquà Petrarca and churches and abbeys such as Praglia.
Nature Guides are also available for those interested in walking and bike tours in the Euganean Hills’ Natural Park and for visits to the therapeutic Spas of Abano and Motegrotto.