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Padova boasts a very ancient history, which has left much historical and artistic evidence in the city's structure. Since 1222 it has been home to the prestigious university, one of the most important centres of learning in Europe, both in science and literature.
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The old city is surrounded by renaissance walls erected further to the siege by Maximilian I of the Hapsburgs, and precisely during the renaissance period some of Padova's most significant monuments were built: the Duomo, with a façade that was never completed, the Baptistery, where you can admire the frescoes by Giusto de' Menabuoi, the Basilica di Santa Giustina, risen on ancient Early Christian catacombs containing an altar-piece by Veronese, the lodges of Piazza dei Signori, dominated by Torre dell'orologio, and the seat of the University (Palazzo del Bo').
Cappella degli Scrovegni is an absolute must, famous for Giotto's frescoes, considered among the artist's greatest masterpieces. In the same area you can visit Palazzo della Ragione, the centre of city life in the municipal age, and Caffè Pedrocchi, its halls remaining as remembrances of the students uprising in 1848 against the Hapsburg power and still one of the most beloved bars in town today.
The Basilica of Saint Anthon is a church dedicated to St. Anthony, a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world. It has grown under a variety of different influences as shown by the exterior details, and the interior of the church contains numerous funerary monuments, some of noteworthy artistic value.
Don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe, at the centre of which rises the so-called Isola Mummia, surrounded by 78 statues of illustrious Paduans.
Do you know that the world's first university botanical garden was created in Padua? In 1997 this amazing place has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a cultural good.
Do not miss this small city rich in culture: you will love it!
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