Courtyard of Basilica Di Sant' Antonio
More arch-like structures can be found in the courtyards of the Basilica Di Sant' Antonio. The yards are pretty huge and there's lots of nice carvings and sculptures embedded in the architecture. The basilica and the area surrounding it is a must-see in Padova.
The Cathedral of Padova is situated on Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares of the city, rich with historical monuments. In the Baptistery of the Cathedral, erected in 12th century, there are aamzing frescos a must see.
Next to the Cathedral stands Scoletta della Cattedrale, which is turned into Museo d'Arte Sacra.
Italy's good manners...
In Italy, good manners rule. This is practised everywhere you go, and is a bit of a shock to a Canadian, and I feel Canadians are generally well mannered.
For example, when a person walks into a store or bar, it is important to acknowledge the shop keeper by saying "Buon giorno" if during the day, or "Buona sera" if after 4pm. Customers walking into a shop will greet other patrons in the same manner.
I haven't quite figured everything out yet, but my rule of thumb is, if eye contact is made, it is safer to greet.
In a gathering of people, other than a commercial setting, it is also customary to shake hands with everyone, or do the 'cheek thing' which is usually reserved for close friends. I still feel most uncomfortable with this practice..
Remember, as important as greetings are, it is just as necessary to say goodbye. It is considered to be a slight otherwise.
Remember, when in Rome...
Riviera del Brenta
Riviera del Brenta is relatively short area situated in between Padova and Venice, but probably the most romantic countryside in whole northern Italy. It is where the Venetians of the ancient Republic longed for summer and autumn holidays, building here lots of magnificent villas.
Villa Pisani, also called La Nazionale, which stands beyond Dolo just outside Stra, is the most attractive and magnificent villa of the Brenta Riviere. Alvise Pisani, the Doge of Venice, in 1735 comissioned villa from architect Gerolamo Frigimelica, but after his death it was continued by Francesco Maria Preti.
The villa is truly impressive, consists of 114 rooms frescoed by the best artists of the period.
There is a large garden that is the main focus of the town. The castle was first built in mid 1054 by Alberto Este, all from the Saxon tribe. Within the ancient walls is the garden and the castello Carrarese, which was built in 14th century and has 12 crenellated towers. The castle garden was closed for clean up of giardino event when we were there, so also no entry to castello. The archeological museo (called Museo Atestino for the original name of the town) is in the Palazzo Mocenigo, now all modernized to not recognize the antiquty of it all. It is a medium sized display and some Roman pieces along with finds form the local area. Entry is 3 Euro and open 9-8:00PM daily. There is glorious giardino event every last week in April, celebrating wine and roses