Warm, friendly people of Padova
Basilica of St. Anthony...you can't wear shorts.
PLUS, the market squares:
Piazza Erbe for a selection of odds and ends, clothing, handbags, knick nacks etc., etc.
Piazza Frutta for the freshest assortment of fruits and vegetables, spices, and candy. If you're here in the fall, look for freshly roasted chestnuts, and buy the largest bag they offer, or you'll just have to backtrack to purchase more later. (wonderful hot)
Beneath the Palazzo della Ragione, you'll find two aisles of fish mongers, cheese venders, and delicatessens (salumerie). Fresh, fresh, fresh. The people. Padova has very nice, warm, and caring people. This is a generalization of course, but we have found that shopkeepers try very hard to accomodate, bus drivers always lend a hand when questions arise, and the customer service people at the train station are outstanding.
Italian people want to learn English, therefore will attempt to speak to you in English whenever possible. I am embarrassed when I compare my feeble linguistic skills to theirs.
This is something you would typically see on the walls and architecture at the University of Padova. Very detailed and fine carvings and sculptures. Once again, you feel you are more like at a museum than at a university. In fact, this is one of the oldest universities in Italy.
Drop by the Cafe Pedrocchi,...
Drop by the Cafe Pedrocchi, even if you aren't in the mood for coffee. Styled as a classical Greek temple, this place became famous throughout Italy as the the cafe which never closed its doors. Ever since its opening in 1831, it has been a meeting place for students and intellectuals. Nowadays you'll find just about anybody there, either talking, playing cards and just watching the world go by. Concerts and lectures are held in the rooms upstairs.
don't forget that guidebook
comfortable shoes... there's a lot of walking to be done in town small tissues or handkerchiefs... it^s full of pigeons - and when you least expect it - they may poo on you bring a guidebook - and a map. It makes life a lot mroe simple. Then again we were not exactly heading for Padova
The imposing Monselice castle was rebuilt in different periods. The original building, the so called Castelletto and the Ezzelino Tower, was erected in romanic style during the Middle Ages.
The gothic palace which connect the tower with the romanic part was erected in the 15th c. Around mid-20th c. Vittorio Cini, the last owner, restored the castle giving every part its original aspect. The tour of the castle includes the visit of the prestigious armoury, the medieval kitchen, the precious Renaissance furniture of the private apartments.
Open: March-November, guided tours at fixed hours. Closed on Monday. Groups are admitted all year round on previous booking.
Admission: PadovaCard 20% reduction