With the greenery and canals of Padova it looked an interesting place to stroll and explore more ...but it was just too hot that day and we saw more of cafes than anything else.
This tower caught my attention though, especially being reflected in the little River Paleocapa which flows through this part of Padova:-)
Hopefully we'll discover more on another visit.
Spritz is a digestive drink that italians use to drink at the afternoon time or during the evening.It is very popular at the Veneto region and especially at christmas time.It consists of dry white wine and soda water.During my staying in Padova I used to take a spritz with my friends before we start nightlife :)
Receiving your University Degree in Padova...
Italians have a fun way to celebrate fellow students completing their university degree in Padova...(not a Doctorate)
The 'target' is forced to dress up in a silly costume, which often includes a humiliating walk through the 'centro' of the city while surrounded by fellow students, and then must read from a prepared statement to the assembled group of family, friends and total strangers, while standing on a raised platform drinking from a bottle of wine. If a mistake is made while reading, objects are tossed at him/her, and is struck by soft objects like sponge bats or dildos, and must start all over.
This poor, but newly graduated student is expected to perform feats as dared by spectators, and if he/she forfeits, then more additional abuse is directed their way. This continues for hours and hours. Once the readings are successfully completed, the grad is crowned with a wreath of laurels, and cheered with cries of 'dottore, dottore'.
I have no idea what the 'readings' contain, but judging from the laughter, I assume it is a humorous collection of the targets life while attending University. Great fun, and enjoyed by all passersby.
This is a special Paduan tradition which is held in the square in front of the Palazzo at various times of the year. I don't believe this celebration occurs in other cities, certainly not in the same fashion anyway.
Lewd posters are attached to walls throughout the centro, with life like caricatures drawn of the target and his/her physical attributes. I will includes photos of some of my favourites (if VT allows, that is).
My grand-father and I discovered this little church by chance during our walk across Padova. It is dedicated to San Canziano but people go there to pray for Santa Rita, as you can understand from her portrait and the ex voto offerings to her. Admire also the beautiful high altar, as well as the crucifix.
The town is only 10,000 people and they work in mainly the trade of ham processing and old type furniture building. The town was a key point for defenses even back to Roman times. The Marchesi d'Este feudal lords had control after defeating Ezzelino da Romano. He had bult castello San Zeno in the 1200's into the fortified walls. the walls are 15-17 meters high and run 2 kilometers with 24 towers to defend and only two gate entrances. The walls were further fortified by the Carresi family in the 1300's, when Padova then had control of the territory. Venice took control from 1405-1797 and stablized the town and area.
On Sundays the Biblioteca and museum is closed to visitors. There is a small Roman artifact section donw under by the gate entrance. The Palazzo Foratti is occupied by business and law offices. It has been restored and the Byzatine style windows still come through