Padua Italy is a city in the northern region of Veneto. This region is known for its stunning bodies of water, beautiful countryside, and historical landmarks. In fact, Veneto attracts sixty million visitors each year and is the eighth largest region in Italy. Padua is in the hub of Veneto and is often included within the Metropolitan area of Venice and Treviso and is known as Padua-Treviso-Venice. It is located twenty-five miles west of Venice. Padua is located on the shores of the Bacchiglione River, and the Brenta River is still part of the northern city. The famed University of Padua which was opened in 1222, is renowned for having Galileo Galilei as a lecturer there in the years of 1592 to 1610. Moreover, Padua is one of the settings for the Shakespearean play, The Taming of the Shrew.
Perhaps the most famous place to visit in Padua Italy is the Scrovengni Chapel. This historic landmark features frescoes by Giotto. The frescoes depict the life of the Virgin Mary and are renowned the world over. This chapel was built over a Roman arena and is carefully climate controlled to preserve the artwork, so make sure you leave plenty of extra time as it can take up to fifteen minutes to enter the chapel. The Palazzo della Ragione is another must see on your trip here. The upstairs contains the biggest roof that is unsupported in all of Europe.
Padua is also known for its picture postcard perfect winding streets and wide open piazze with many bridges. A perfect way to spend a day in Padua is wandering around these streets and browsing in the shops or enjoying a coffee at one of the many cafes. Padua is known as the City of the Saint because of St. Anthony who lived and died here. In fact, the Basilica of St. Anthony contains not only breathtaking domes and stunning artwork, it also houses St. Anthony’s tomb. Padua also has beautiful outdoor spaces such as the Orto Botanico di Padova. This is the oldest academic botanical garden still in its original location and has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Padua is a wonder to behold tucked in near Venice in Northern Italy. Consider a day trip here or stay for a few days and take in all that this vibrant city has to offer.