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Padova

A travel journal to Padova by Library Dragon

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Quote: In Roman times, when known as "Platavium", it was one of the most important towns in northern Italy. In the thirteenth century it was the home of St. Anthony of Padova (Padua). The famous university was founded in 1222.

Padova

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Overview

The Chapel Photo, Padova, Italy
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Cappella degli Scrovegni, also known as the Arena Chapel, is an easy walk from the train station. It stands on the floor of the ancient amphitheatre on the Corso Garibaldi, and in the complex of the Padova civic museum. It is a simple brick building which houses the famous frescos of Giotto (c. 1305). It is the largest and most important surviving work by Giotto. The interior is decorated with the Life of Christ. It begins at the top front right and ends at the bottom of the front left. The Last Judgement is on the entrance wall.Quick Tips: One of my favorite portions of the frescos are the small medallions portraying corralating medieval beliefs about the world. For example: Ne...Read More
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Located just two kilometers from the train station this is a good, economical place to stay. Family rooms are available and the resturaunt makes for a relaxing evening after a long day of sight seeing. Parking is available.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Padova Youth Hostel
Via Aleardo Aleardi 30
Padova, Italy
(049) 875-2219

Aggujaro

Restaurant

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Padova has many types of places to eat. It is one of the few cities where a tourist menu can have good value.

This is a family style establishment, with local specialties served with grace and charm. Try the polenta. It's not the typical mush served in the United States.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Aggujaro
Via Sacro Cuore 4
Padova, Italy
600-748

The Square

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Attraction

The Square Photo, Padova, Italy
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In the piazza outside the basilica stands Donatello's famous equestrian statue of Gattamelata. This is the first bronze Renaissance momunument of its kind. On the right of the Church is the Scuola del Santo dating from 1427. An interesting feature on the upper storey of the chapter house is the 16th century fresco cycle of St. Anthony's life.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

The Square
Piazza del Santo
Padova, Italy

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The medieval town hall, also known as Il Salone, is today used as a concert hall. An earlier building (a law court) was converted in 1306, at which time the assembly hall on the upper floor was frescoed throughout by Giotto. It was rebuilt in the 15 century after a fire, and the arcades. On the west wall is a wooden copy of the Gattamelta horse dating from 1466.

Both the Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza delle Frutta are used for open air markets. Wednesday is the main market day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Palazzo della Ragione
Between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza delle Frutta
Padova, Italy

Il Santo

Attraction

Il Santo Photo, Padova, Italy
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This pillard basilica was built in the thirteenth century to honor St. Anthony of Padua. It is known simply as Il Santo. If you arrive by train you will see that the buses simply list this stop as Il Santo. The church is a mixture of Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine forms. Head towards the altar area. On the left through an arched entrance is the Capella dell'Arca del Santo. This chapel contains the tomb of St. Anthony. You will find many gifts and testimonies to the saints prayers of intercession on behalf of those in trouble. Continue beyond the choir to the Capella del Tesoro. You will find relics of St. Anthony. Several years ago his jaw was stolen, but has been returned....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Il Santo
Piazza del Santo
Padova, Italy

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