I-Padova: audio guide of the city
Padova municipality lately upload in it's site some interesting audio guide to play with your mp3 player. They provide five different itineraries to discover the city. The guides are available in italian and english. Download your mp3 audio guide You will get the mp3 files and a map showing you where to stop and listen.
Foods of the Veneto
I have been offered food without knowing what it is as the locals know that many foreigners do not eat horsemeat or donkey, and they might shy away from tripe, and some cuts of meat.
So before you buy or order up something, be sure you have a good translation.
I have had both horsemeat and donkey and although I would not normally order this for my dinner, I found it to be actually quite good.
You will find many meat shops that specialize in horsemeat in the market in Padova, and I have found donkey on the listed items on a few menus.
See my tips for Osteria alla Chiesa in Asolo and you can see a photo of donkey.
Cell phones...color co-ordinated of course.
Italians have a love of telephones. They use then everywhere, anytime, and for long, long chats.
It is not unusual to see and hear passangers on the bus talking in normal or slightly elevated voices on the telephone to their loved ones, for the entire duration of your trip. Nothing is sacred or too personal to share with others.
I was especially concerned during my first month in Italy, to see all these supposedly normal, well dressed people wandering about talking to themselves, throwing a bit of hand movement in occasionally in order to punctuate their comments. I couldn't believe the number of strange people about. Eventually I caught on to the fact these people were in fact, talking on the telephone through use of tiny ear phones and hands-free microphones.
Telephones are a status symbol. The better a unit you have, the more successful you will appear. I had a very difficult time explaining to the saleslady at 'TIM' that I didn't want, nor need, a unit that you could send pictures on, or that I didn't care for an optional extra to allow FM music to be received over my headphones...also an optional extra.
I wanted a plain Jane telephone, that wouldn't break if dropped (too often), and a unit small enough it wouldn't require too much space in my day pack.
Ma Kettle and I only call one another, and our normal conversation lasts for approximately 30 seconds. We still get embarrased if we have to receive a call in public...
An update on Ma Kettle's usage of her phone. She has grown to love it, and she often calls me from the bus stop, or from the bus itself (gasp !!), and becomes Miss Chatty Cathy. Another observation, her use of hand movement while on the phone to others has increased dramatically. Odd.
The town is rather easy to manuveur around once you are inside. What is not provided is directional signs to find key tourist sites. A good map helps to be able to make a circuit route of the special things to see. Treviso is called the city of art and water. There definitely is plenty of water, and it runs through the city fast and looks clean and green from the mountains. The art yo need to search a bit more for, and the museums are sparse because 4 of the 5 are under "renovation", for how long, who knows. The Austrians then took over, and during WWI and WWI it was very much destrouyed. Rebuilt to original condition is amazing.
The city was formed in 89BC and Romans controlled for centuries. The Byzatine til 568, then Lombards and Franks had control for some times,. In 1397 it became part of Venice republic
Parking inside of the walled area could be a challenge. A lot of traffic is going by fast and to find these may be difficult. We found a place/posta just south of the wall heading out of the city.
The university was founded about 1231 time frame. It expanded in 1313-14 and became concentrated on law and medicine. The old hospital is in the center of the campus, and now the main focus. Most buildings are from 1800's, a couple Palazzo Bortolan and Palazzo dell'Ultomesimo Latino.