Basilica di St. Antonio - Il Santo
Basilica of St. Anthony (the Church of the Saint),was built in 1232 as a shelter of "Il Santo's" remains. St. Anthony (Il Santo) was born in Lisbon and lived in Padova for a comparatively short time xet the city chose him for its Patron Saint. The church of Il Santo has gradually become the most important religious and artistic focal point in Padova and one of the most celebrated buildings in the world.
La Specola, situated on riviera Paleocapa, dates back from 10-11th century. It was the highest tower of the Medieval Castelvecchio of Da Carrara family.
Do not be surprised if locals call it;
- La Specola,
all three names are in use for this building. In the second half of the18th century, the old Medieval castle was transformed into an astronomical observatory (specula is the Latin word for observatory).
Nowadays La Specola is the Astronomical Department of Padova Unoversity, besides it houses musem.
Learn to adjust...
In Italy, but Padova specifically, store hours are much different than they are in North America. We are used to going out at any time of day or night, and shopping for food, clothing, toiletries, or music and books etc.
Not so in Italy.
In Padova, generally speaking, stores will close either from 12:30 until 15:30, 'or' from 13:00 until 16:00 hours for lunch. Note that military time is used throughout Italy.
Each community has its own days to close, and in order to simplify things, consider most shops will not open until 4 pm on Monday. The same thing applys to Sunday.
Many stores will remain closed 'after' lunch on Wednesdays as well.
I just use the above as a rule of thumb only.
In the centre, shops are a little more flexible, so a stroll through this historical part of Padova during lunch will be photo op time, and you will find the occasional shop open.
Bars, restaurants, and gelaterias will be operating of course, so keep your wallet handy.
Summer time is a different story, as many, many shops and restaurants close for the month of August, some starting the last week of July. This does make providing for daily consumption rather difficult.
Happy shopping. SPEND. Please do your bit to help my adopted community live a more prosperous life.
Learn to adjust, after all, we are the visitors, and the Italian people would think we are just as odd if they come to North America.
Hotel rates drop a little bit, but not excessively. Last week of August you will find rates of Four Stars dropping to 35 euro. Every region is different. Florence doesn't seem to drop...ever.
Looks like rain...
This was our first winter/spring in Italy. We have learned to carry an umbrella in our pack sacks...just in case. Buy a small, very compact unit. It will come in handy. Even visiting during the summer or fall could require the use of these jim dandy items.
I never used one in Canada, so I had to learn proper umbrella manners. Difficult to manuever through narrow streets when everyone has an umbrella extended.
Be aware, every shop has a 'waste paper' looking container by their door. It's for wet umbrellas, not discarded tissues.
Whilst walking around Padua...
Whilst walking around Padua you'll surely come across Italy's second oldest University, Palazzo del Bo. What you might miss, if you don't take a guided tour, is the chance to see the 16th century wooden anatomy theatre in the old medical faculty. It was built in 1594 and is quite impressive. I was told that it is the oldest surviving medical lecture theatre in the world. You can also see the pulpit from which Galileo taught physics.