The City Center of Padova

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.

The City Center of Padova

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:

The Ragione Palace

The Ragione Palace

It is located between Erbe Square and Frutta Square and is characterized by a trapezoidal shape and, by a particular cover Continue...

The Squares of Padova

The Squares of Padova

The names of the stairs that rise from the square to the Palazzo della Ragione must be discovered for their importance. Each stair is characterized by a  Continue...

Prato della Valle

Prato della Valle

It was created in 1775 when the administrator of the Serenissima, Andrea Memmo, decided to create a large space suitable for hosting fairs  Continue...

The Botanical Garden of Padova

The Botanical Garden

Nonetheless, however, they are an “evergreen magnolia” of 1789, coming from the southern regions of the United States, the “ginkgo” of 1750, the “palms of of St. Peter” also called   Continue...

The Scrovegni Chapel

The Scrovegni Chapel

The pictorial cycle that decorates the walls of the private chapel of the Scrovegni family, shows scenes from the life of Joachim and Anne,   Continue...

The Basilica of Santa Giustina

The Basilica of Santa Giustina

The imposing renaissance brick building that we admire today dates back to the seventeenth century, and is dedicated to the patron saint of Padua,  Continue...

The Basilica of Saint Anthony

The Basilica of Saint Anthony

The richly decorated Basilica contains numerous works of art and relics that bear witness to the great devotion of pilgrims to the Saint. The building is grandiose and solemn  Continue...

The Padova Cathedral and the Baptistery

The Padova Cathedral

On its right, still facing Duomo Square, we find the Baptistery, one of the most scintillating evidence of 14th century art. This enchanting niche is due to the wife of Francesco il Vecchio   Continue...

The Bo Palace

The Bo Palace

Thanks to it, the city soon became one of the major centers of knowledge production and the cradle of the modern scientific revolution. The Cortile Antico, inside, is surrounded by   Continue...

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