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From Giotto to Gelato- A Guide for Study Abroad Students

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A January 1999 trip to Padova by Stella

The University of Padova Dorms- Copernico Photo, Padova, Italy More Photos
Quote: Most students who decide to study in Italy choose Florence or Rome as their destinations. But if you’re interested in a full immersion in the Italian culture- from speaking the language on a daily basis to taking classes at the local university- Padova is the way to go. This journal will provide you with the information you’ll need to make your study abroad experience one you will never forget.

From Giotto to Gelato- A Guide for Study Abroad Students

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Overview

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Besides being a great college town, Padova offers a plethora of artistic and historical sights. Like most Italian cities, there is a lot to discover about the past and even more to learn about the current people and culture. The best thing about studying in Padova is that you’re not in one of the major tourist destinations: Rome, Florence, Milan. A few people speak English, but not many. This is a good thing. It will force you to speak Italian, which is the best way to learn. Plus, you’ll make a lot of Italian friends and learn about the culture beyond food, fashion, opera or art. Quick Tips: The three essential things you’ll need to buy as soon as you arrive? A bike, cell phone...Read More
The University of Padova Dorms- Copernico Photo, Padova, Italy
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The Copernico Dorm is the newest facility at the University. The rooms are all spacious doubles- each person has their own bedroom with a large bathroom attachihg them. In the bathroom, each person has their own sink and medicine chest. Within the bedroom, you'll have a large closet, coat rack, desk, shelves and a small balcony outside. There are these really cool shutters that you can pull down over the balcony door. They can close so tightly that absolutley no light sneaks in! Not a good idea for an early morning class. Copernico also has washing machines (but no dryers), a floor refrigerator, a TV room and cappuccino/soda machines in the lobby. Outside, there's a courtyard with a volley...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

The University of Padova Dorms- Copernico

Padova, Italy

La Rocca

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Restaurant

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La Rocca is a great place to go for those with hearty appetites and skinny wallets. Expect to be served huge portions of steaming pasta- enough to feed two for the price of one. My favorite was Mamma alla Rosa.
The atmosphere here is casual with dark wooden booths and tables, U2 playing on the radio, and plenty of birra to go around. This is definitely a deal for students.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

La Rocca
Via San Francesco
Padova, Italy

Brek

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Restaurant

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If you’re craving a buffet-style dining experience, complete with trays and scales, Brek is the place for you. It is located right in the center of town, near Caffe Peddrocchi. You can choose from a wide variety of pastas, sandwiches, meat dishes, salads, pizzas and desserts. Pay according to what and how much you order. This place reminds me of a mini food court and is definitely not recommended if you’re looking for authentic Italian dining. It’s great as a quick bite for those who are actually tired of trattoria’s

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Brek
Centro
Padova, Italy

University of Padova

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Attraction

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The University of Padova, founded in the 1300's, was one of the first universities in Europe; Petrarch and Galileo taught here, Dante and Copernicus studied here. Most students who attend the university today come from various parts of Italy and Europe, through the Erasmus program. Psychology is one of the more popular majors but everything from astrology to biology is available. The original university buildings are still in good condition. The main buildings encircle the Bo, a courtyard decorated with family plaques and engravings, which were installed by the rich families of graduates. Other building are scattered throughout the city and include dormitories and the student cafeterias. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

University of Padova
via 8 Febbraio, 2
Padova, Italy
+39 049 827 5111

Fast Clean - Washing your Clothes

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Attraction | "Fast Clean- Washing your Clothes"

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The washing machines in Italy are...what's the word? Archaic? SLOW? It will take you two hours just to wash your clothes. Then you'll have to dry them. Without a drier (in the copernico dorms). Yes, hanging a string from the coat hanger to a nail in the opposite wall will be necessary. Instead of going through the hassle of signing up for a machine, knowing how to work the darn thing, and figuring out a way to dry your towels and sheets, go to the LAVANDERIA. Fast Clean Franco Friso's is the best and is close to the dorm.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Fast Clean - Washing your Clothes
Via Ognissanti 6
Padova, Italy

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Story/Tip

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The best way to prepare for a semester abroad is to familiarize yourself with the local language. No matter how excited you are or how much you think you know about a certain culture, nothing will prepare you for that moment when you step off the plane and realize that English is now the second language. I remember my first month in Padova. Even though I had studied Italian for 3 years, I still found expressing myself to be difficult. I wanted to be able to talk- to be myself- and, at first, I couldn’t! If you follow these simple steps, you may be able to avoid these feelings of frustration. 1. Read books in Italian. If you’re a beginner, try children’s books. If you are more adva...Read More

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Brooklyn, New York

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