Visit the Prata Delle Valle! ...
Visit the Prata Delle Valle! A Beautiful square in Padova where you can walk around, have a pic nic and relax...... Seeing the Prata Della Valle at night. It is a great spot during the day to chill out and a very romantic place by night. There is a good restaurant called 'Zaire' there which had the best ambiance and very delicious food.
Monument of Gattamelata is situated in the north-west corner of the square, right in front of Basilica di San Antonio Donatello's masterpiece; the bronze equestrian monument to Erasmo de Narni, known as the Gattamelata, commander in chief of the armies of the Venetian Republic.
Election time in Italy is very interesting. A few weeks ago we noticed many portable billboards being erected around small piazzas and empty lots. At first we assumed construction was about to begin behind these long walls of galvanized metal, and got rather excited about a new business or shop coming to our neighbourhood.
We quickly realized that these were the 'walls' on which election posters were to be pasted. In Canada, election signs are stapled to any wooden fixture, planted on peoples' lawns, and propped up against window panes in places of business.
Everywhere we go in Padova, signs are lying in shreds beneath the 'walls', and are replaced immediately, only to be torn down in the dead of night by the opposing political parties. I'm tempted to roll up a few of these discarded posters as remembrances, but with my luck, someone will accuse me of removing it from the 'wall'.
Ma Kettle and I had just left our favourite pasticceria after church this morning, and while waiting for our light to change, got involved in a conversation with a 'local' who was on his way to a political luncheon/meeting. He was quite excited about the opportunity to share his political views with us, and was anxious to be very vocal with others at the luncheon.
At dinner this evening, we sat next to a table with four gentlemen wearing suit and tie, and
throughout dinner all they did was argue. Politics, politics, politics. The argument was good natured, but quite animated and loud.
The Italians love to argue, and complain. Complaints about politics is a favourite past time. So very different from Canada, where the odd person may be outspoken, but generally politics remains a personal choice, and even the spouse is unaware of your favourite candidate.
We have no idea who is running, nor do we care. Politics is NOT for outsiders to meddle in.
Please note...the picture was taken from a 'spoof' site. I have no idea what it means. If it is offensive, please advise and I will remove immediately. If it is funny, tell others.
Padova Calcio - Vecchia gloria
Years ago, in the last century, Padova used to have pretty good soccer club which played in the Italian Premiere Ligue, along with Juventus, Inter, Milan, ......etc. This are hand made aquarels, probably from early sixties, which announced important football matches between Padova and other Italian clubs. What a nostalgy, tempi passati mai tornati.
The Public Gardens
This is the main entrance into the Public Gardens, which isin Corso Garibaldi, where the Scrovegni Chapel is situated. Public Gardens is an huge area with greenery, centrally positoned, and favorite promenade place and playground.