Prato della Valle
Padova is all beautiful but my favourite place was Prato della Valle with it's 87 white statues and beautiful fountains! It's a very relaxing place as well. People laying around this lovely prato makes you feel welcome to do so as well! :)) But we only stayed for about half an hour cause we had to visit other places in just one day! Don't worry...don't need more than a day here to visit the most important things in Padova...(the second picture is with a fountain in Prato della Valle as well)
University of Padova
The university in Padova is also a must-see activity. The university is very ancient. Its architecture is magnificent. There are a lot of sculptures and carvings on the walls. And you won't feel that you're at a university; you feel more like being at a museum. There are no actual "doors" to the university. It's embedded within shopping and entertainment in downtown Padova.
Visiting a 'locals home' ......
Maria and I have, on a number of occasions now, gone visiting, and upon entering a persons home, removed our shoes, and the host/hostess immediately offers us a pair of slippers to wear. This, I suppose, is due to the common use of marble or ceramic flooring, and thus, is rather cool on your tootsies. Typically in Italy, visitors are not expected to remove their shoes. I still feel odd not doing so.
Now, I admit, I am not fussy about wearing footwear which has previously adorned someone elses size 10, so, we now carry our own slim, compact slippers in my backpack, ready for instant removal.
These are not mandatory, and normally backpackers wouldn't dream of carrying these, but our life style and age allows us more leeway than perhaps others enjoy. Maybe its because I'll be d#%*#@* if I'll wear someone elses slippers.
Just a tip...
Things to bring to Padua
Travel light! A daysac for carrying cameras, guide books etc. If You're visiting the Scroveni Chapel and Eremitani museums, You will be expected to leave Your bags in the cloakroom - They're quite fussy about this!! Comfortable shoes - There's plenty to see in Padua, so You'll probably cover miles on foot.
Padua is a University city, so there are a lot of casually dressed students- but all looking quite fashionable. In the evening there were some smartly dressed men and women.
The track around the Prato della Valle is popular with joggers - so pack Your trainers and join them in the evening circuits. Bring any prescribed medication with you and a list of your medication.
There are plenty of well equiped pharmacies here.
Compeed blister plasters! Padua is a photographers paradise - so bring all You can carry! There are quite a few Photography shops here. Spectacle prescription - there are some great opticians in Padua, with wide selections of spectacles. I lost the tiny screw from my specs, and I was very impressed with the service I got.
Small binoculars for a clear view of the paintings in the Scroveni Chapel and Palazzo della Ragione.
Cutlery/ plastic bowl/plate for a picnic- Stock up with delicious food at the markets, then head for one of the parks or squares!
International Artistic Glass and Spa Museum
More than 500 works by historical master glassmakers from Murano such as Giordano Guarnieri, Umberto Del Negro, Venini and the Toso brothers. A room houses archaeological findings from the Roman period, which were discovered in Montegrotto Terme.
Entrance is free with PadovaCard.
Address: Via Fermi 1 – Montegrotto Terme