walk around the city without...
walk around the city without any specific direction, just to feel the atmosphere of the pace and enjoy the views.
U must see the 'Prato della Valle' the biggest meeting point in the city u have to taste the 'spritzz' a tipical drink of the area
Padova, the look of the city
Padova is relatively small town, a kind of places we like to live in. Like many other Italian cities it has "centro storico" (the old core of the town), which was usualy build around the cathedral. There are number of small and bigger squares inside the city area and each one has its particular charm. The biggest one is, world wide famous, Prato della Valle, which is one of the biggest and most beautiful squares in whole of Europe.
The old core of the town has many churches, beautiful palaces and very charming medieval houses with porticoes, which are spread all over the city centre.
Where did it go...?
I am so used to finding my way about a city by noting certain stores in my head, and counting the number of turns after that. I never use street names because..., heck, I don't know why, but I just don't.
When I arrived in Padova, I continued on doing it my way, and got hopelessly lost. I looked for certain stores, but, I could never find them again. This was especially difficult for me in the centre, where the streets twist and turn, and I couldn't pronounce the street names anyway.
You see, throughout Italy, it is common practice to roll down the shutters of businesses at closing time, obscuring the contents of stores, as well as the names of shops. A 'shuttered' store front looks very bleak and uninviting, and blends with all the other 'shuttered' shops.
Therefore, if you're looking for your favourite fabric store for example, with brightly coloured bolts of cloth in the window, and displaying wonderful gold embroidered throw cushions that you've been eyeing for your sofa, forget it... if they are closed for lunch.
Learn to make note of the shop addresses, or better still, mark an 'X' on your map. After a while you will begin to notice the closed shutters are different colours of grey, some more faded than others, and some even use different brands of locks. Look for distinguishing scratches or dents, anything to give you an edge. Don't fret, you'll catch on. Give it time.
Padova Calcio 1910
As with all of Italy, Padova have their own local football (soccer) team, of which they are avid supporters.
Check if they are playing at home or away when you are in town, and maybe go to watch them play if they are playing at home.
They currently are in the Serie C1 (third tier of football), but flirting with promotion to the Serie B, so prices (although variable) should not be budget-breaking.
Treviso-Piazza dei Signori
This is the nucleus center of the city, and Piazza del Signori means Lords Square The anchor is Palazzo deil Podesta, built in 15th century. It was rebult in 1870s. It has a tall civic tower called Il Campanion. It is intertwined with the brick Palazzo dei Trecento, the council hall, an area used even back to Roman times. It was built in 1185.
Upscale shopping starts at this pointalong Via CAimaggiore and going toward the Duomo.