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City of Dignity

It is said to be originally founded in 1183 BC by a Trojan prince. Rome made it a municipality in about 40BC, and it has always been held as a place that focuses on the northern territory and was vital to defending the area. It has been occupied by the Goths, Greeks, Lombards, and nearly devastated by the Magyars in 899. Then a fire of 1174 again nearly destroyed the city. It was a part of Venice empire in 1405 and remained so until that downfall in 1797. Afterword, the Austrians took control, and finally it became part of itlay republic in 1866.
Throughout this upheaval, The Padova residents maintained a pride of its role in the Italian struggles.

Center of Administration

For centuries this was the main point of city administration, and city council is still next door. It ws built in 1172 and finished in 27 years. It has a reverse boat like roof without any supporting pillars. The size is huge; about 240 feet by 100 feet wide.

The many proud crests

These are the variety of crests representing the cities and villages in the Padova province. These frazioni are mostly suburbs of the Padova main city, having a little over 200,000 people.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stroll the Prato and slow down the pace
  • Cons:Not a lot of depth to see the sites-not may
  • In a nutshell:It is a city easy to manuever around, but history sites lack
  • Last visit to Padova: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    I' m going to re visit Padua soon.


  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    An interesting page. There sounds to be plenty to see, I know I would enjoy the old Villa's and garden's.

    • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
      Apr 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Thanks for looking at Padova pages. It is a unique place to visit and the church is the best. You need another tirp to Europe soon to fill out your adventures.

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    We were in Padua this past summer. It was an interesting city. The Scrovegni Chapel was our favorite.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    very good descriptive tips on this city I still did not have the chance to visit.

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Hi Bruce, thanks for stopping by my homepage, nice info on Padova, Karl

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    Thanks for your comments on my London page. Padua looks amazing!

  • eriksson977's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    Hello Bruce, Nice pages. Thank you very much and happy new year to you. Tomas Eriksson :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Great page on this wonderful city! A lot of very useful information. Interesting tip about University Bo and about all these amazing houses or palaces.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Excellent Padova travel page with superb photographs. Padova seems wonderful and interesting to visit especially Basilica Saint Anthony, Palazzo Zuckerman and the Duomo. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Great page on Padova, a city I have yet to visit. Cheers from NYC!


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