Check out Padova events
If you are planning a visit to Padova and you want to know what is going on here while you will be staying, the sites you have to check is Padova cultura - the official municipality site, Padovando and 2night (I am sorry they are only in italian, I hope they will provide a english version soon!!!).
They list every event in town , music, teather, dance, cinema, fairs, markets and festivals, exhibitions and also live music shows in pubs are listed here.
St. Maria del Pianto
The church of Santa Maria del Pianto, or coloquially called Chiesa del Torresino, was built in the 18th century. It is called del Torresino because of the central battlemented tower.
The church is located in Via Memmo, five minutes walk from Prato della Valle.
January 6 is the magical day that Le Befana does her thing, and coincidentally her day of break and enter just 'happens' to fall on the Feast of the Epiphany. This does not replace Christmas, but is simply an added day of excitement for the youngsters.
Later in the day, traps must be set to tempt the old witch into the city center, because somehow she is apprehended, tied to a stake, and set on fire. This symbolizes 'Out with the old, in with the new'. Strangely enough, this occurs every year, with the same old witch falling for the same old trick.
La Befana is an ancient witch with a big wart on top of her nose, wearing an old coat patched with colorful swatches of material. She wears old black shoes that have seen better days, and flies around on a broom carrying a large sack over her shoulder filled with sweets and presents for children in Italy. She enters the houses much like Santa does through the chimneys and deposits the presents inside old socks hung on the mantel or on the bedposts. This is done in very short order, and surprisingly, nary a house alarm is discharged.
Legend goes that children who have been bad throughout the year will find their stockings filled with coal instead of toys. However, this must be an old wives tale, because there are no such recorded events ever occuring in Italy.
It is a big deal for the children in Italy. It is also a great boost to merchants in mobile vans who set up huge displays of candy, including red and black coal-like lumps of sugar crystal.
Bathrooms, wonderful inventions in time of need
Bathrooms in Italy are, well, unconventional, to say the least. Now understand I am speaking from a North American point of view, and I'm used to much different facilities than are found in Italy.
For example, I like the idea that 'our' toilets have seats, not always so in Italy.
I like having a big round ceramic bowl to rest my 'seat' on.(as above) In Italy, you often find open holes, with ribbed foot rests. Nowhere do they display instructions on how to prepare for action.
I prefer our levers to activate the flushing action. In Italy they play hide and seek, is it hidden within a recessed hole (yuck), is it behind the little brush unit (another story), is it the plastic panel behind the unit at chest level, is it the foot pedal on the floor, is it the chrome dooey, and do you pull up on it....or is it the chain hanging from the ceiling?
I'm not fussy about the unisex washrooms in Italy. I know space is at a premium, but....
I really don't like the barrel bolt used to secure the stall doors. They're always greasy or something (once again, yuck)
I like the tissue that is usually available back home, I don't like remembering that I left my Kleenex pack in my jacket back in the dining room.
I feel great pity for the person who is employed to monitor the comings and goings of patrons entering the facilities, handing out small squares of tissue in exchange for a token of your appreciation.
LEARN TO MAKE USE OF ANY AND ALL FACILITIES AS YOU FIND THEM. THEY ARE NOT AS NUMEROUS HERE AS WE ARE USED TO.
The town is still surrounded by walls and the original castle fortress ruins of Rocca, called Mostio Fredericiano is up on the top of the hill. You used to be able to take a walk up there on a series of pathes from the Villa Duodo monument of statues. It apparently is under redevelopment and no access allowed. The town is from BC times and has been a military point for centuries. It is named so by the Romans signifying Mons Silicis, or mining in quarries of flintstone. Ezzilino III took control in 1237 and fortified the walls further. The Carrara family conquered it in 1338 and eventually it went to Venice as a satellite in 1405, and in 1866 became part of the new Italy democracy.
Cini castle (CA' Marcello)is the main feature to tour, and has a large collection of medieval weapons and armor. It is carved into 4 structures built since 11th century. The Marcello family bought it in 1400's and converted into a summer villa. After decline, the Cini family inherited the complex and restored it. It became a property of Venice in 1981. Next to the castello is a wonderful antiquarium necropolisof the Longobards
It is open March-November and closed Mondays. Time for oturs are on the hour except for that long lunch period. They have a fiori festival -flowers every mid week of April.