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In this chapter we will discuss one of the oldest cities in Italy, the Padova city center preserves great treasures, great traditions and also great values.

The Padova City Center, 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 Padova City Center

The province of Padova 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 Padova City Center

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 Padova City Center

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.

The Padova City Center

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◊ THE PADOVA CITY CENTER ◊

The Padova City Center

THE RAGIONE PALACE

The Ragione Palace

Located between Erbe Square and Frutta Square and it is characterized by a trapezoidal shape and a particular one...  ⇒ Continue

THE PADOVA SQUARES

The Padova Squares

Interesting and, to be sought, are the names of the stairs that go up from the square to the Palazzo della Ragione, given that each...  ⇒ Continue

PRATO DELLA VALLE

Prato della Valle

Today Prato della Valle is a very popular place among the Paduan people and is used to relax, to go for walks... ⇒ Continue

THE UNIVERSITY BOTANICAL GARDEN

Neoregelia Princeps - Botanical Garden

The most fairytale piece of the garden, however, is certainly the Platano of 1680, up to forty meters high with ...   ⇒ Continue

THE SCROVEGNI CHAPEL

The Scrovegni Chapel

What is most striking, however, are the blue notes of the backgrounds and the starry sky of the vault, an ultramarine blue, obtained...  ⇒ Continue

THE SAINT GIUSTINA BASILICA

The Saint Giustina Basilica

Its facade is incomplete, but it does not make the gigantic construction less fascinating, with its eight...   ⇒ Continue

THE SAINT ANTONIO BASILICA

The Saint Antonio Basilica

The building is grandiose and solemn in various styles, from the Romanesque sobriety of the facade, to the almost Byzantine domes, up to the...  ⇒ Continue

THE PADOVA CATHEDRAL

The Padova Cathedral

Its majestic interior in the shape of a Latin cross is divided into three naves and recalls, on a smaller scale, the Basilica of...  ⇒ Continue

THE BO PALACE

The Bo Palace

The Ancient Courtyard, inside, is surrounded by two overlapping colonnades, each of which was decorated, with almost 3000 coats of arms...  ⇒ Continue

◊ THE PADOVA PROVINCE ◊

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