Welcome to Padua.
Welcome to Padua, where you will enjoy an unforgettable time
Padua is a tiny, cosy city in the north of Italy. It stands on the Bacchiglione river and it is around 40 km from Venice. It is well-known because of Saint Anthony, the basilica that harbours the saint's bones: many tourists go there in pilgrimage. Moreover, it is famous for its renowned University, which was built in 1222 and had Galileo Galilei among its lecturers. The city is pictoresque, with a large quantity of arcaded streets and in the city centre it is possible to reach many beautiful squares, like for example Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe or Piazza della Frutta, where people usually go during the weekend to meet up friends and grab something to drink- most of all, italian wine or Spritz, a special drink which is famous in this region of Italy.
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You can meet up with your friends at Piazza dei Signori, and then you can start to have fun amongst the different bars and clubs there are in the city centre. Just grab a glass of good Prosecco and enjoy with your friends, making as many toasts as you can with them: Italy is the right country to have real fun!
Padua is quite tiny but it has a wide variety of shops where you can go to buy everything you need. Via San Fermo is the perfect place to go if you have plenty of money to spend, because there you can find all the best brands (just think about Prada, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana), all the italian excellences in the field of clothing are in that street. Otherwise, if you want to stay quieter and to save your assets you can go to Via Roma: there you can vary from H&M to Massimo Dutti, all the shops that are loved and frequented by teens. Most of the city centre is pedestrianised and you can have a relaxing shopping session without taking the risk to be knocked down by a car or a scooter everytime.
Padua has a wide range of important churches, such as the Basilica of Saint Anthony or the Abbey of Santa Giustina, and many people come to this city to visit them. Moreover, as Padua is famous for the fact that Saint Anthony died there, the Basilica hosts the remains of the saint and this is the reason why it is considered a place of worship. The pilgrimage in this church is impressive.
However, the main attraction of the city is Prato della Valle. The square, which was previously called the valley without grass due to the fact that there were many trees which prevented the growth of grass, was restructured in 1775 by Andrea Memmo. Now, there is a large space with a garden in its centre, which is called Isola Memmia indeed.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Padua is characterized by a wonderful climate with hot summers and cool winters. From May to September you will find the ideal climate if you want to visit the city. December and January are the coldest months.
Padua has a well-working transport network, which includes the metro, buses and trains. The best way to move quickly across the city is The Metro, except during the rush hour when it becomes very crowded.