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"Padua or Padova" Top 5 Page for this destination Venice Off The Beaten Path Tip by suvanki

Venice Off The Beaten Path: 711 reviews and 1,240 photos

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  • Prato della Valle Padova - Venice
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      Cafe Pedrocchi Padova
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This attractive University town is only 20 - 30 minutes by train from Venice (2.20 euros), so is near enough to visit for a day. Some prefer to stay here, and travel into Venice each day.

Another way to visit is by boat along the Brenta canal - this is slower - some trips take 9 hours, but include visits to 3 Veneto Villas. The trips usually operate on alternative days, running 1 way. So You can either return the same day by bus or train or stay overnight in Padua.

I stayed in Padua for 3 nights before moving on to Lake Garda. There was plenty to see and do.


Scrovegni chapel - stunning 14th century paintings by Giotto - You need to book in advance as each 'tour' is limited to 25 people, and you have 15 minutes to view the chapel

Bo University - 2nd oldest Uni in Italy - Galileo, Fallopio, Elena Piscopia (The 1st female graduate in 1678) are some of the world known lecturers and students. Galileos pulpit, and the worlds oldest surviving medical lecture theatre can be seen on a tour

Cafe Pedrocchi - Famous coffee house, where politics and philosophy were discussed.
Rooms can be viewed - decorated in Moorish, Greek and Egyptian styles

Basillica di Sant' Antonio -'The Saint' of Padua. Houses the remains of St Antonio. Byzantine domes, Donatellos' reliefs of the miracles of St Anthony, and outside his famous equestrian statue.

Prato della Vale - Largest Public Square in Italy - grass park surrounded by a canal, crossed by 4 bridges. 78 statues of Padovan citizens line the canal

Lots more besides

Please visit my Padua page for more info


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  • Updated Mar 17, 2008
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