In this chapter we will discuss one of the oldest cities in Italy, the city center of Padova preserves great treasures, great traditions and also great values.
Padova, probably founded in 1186 BC, is one of the oldest cities in Italy and, thanks to its 3000 years of history, can boast great historical-artistic treasures. Its fame is due above all to the “University” one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe.
In fact over time people from Padova came to the city and are still called “Great Graduates” (Gran Dottori), in the famous cycle of frescoes by Giotto and the Basilica of Saint Anthony.
The province of Padua offers visitors a wide range of attractions and sites of interest ranging from the thermal paradise of the Euganean Hills, ideal to relax for a while or to make pleasant excursions, the rich countryside along the river Brenta, up to beautiful villas and characteristic walled cities with castles, which make the Paduan territory one of the most interesting areas in Europe.
The ancient Patavium, the Latin name of Padova, finds its origin in a Paleovenetian settlement of the eleventh century BC. Its development was very rapid, so that in a short time it gained the reputation of being the richest city of the Empire after Rome.
With the fall of the Roman Empire, however, it remained a victim of the barbarian invasions that devastated it several times over the years, up to the year one thousand, when Padova, became a free municipality and began a slow ascent.
The definitive turning point happened only in the following centuries, in particular in 1222, the foundation year of its historic and prestigious university, which made the city a great multi-cultural center.
We have divided the City Center of Padova into the following chapters: