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    Tower Reflection

    by sandysmith Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    tower of Padova

    Favorite thing: With the greenery and canals of Padova it looked an interesting place to stroll and explore more ...but it was just too hot that day and we saw more of cafes than anything else.
    This tower caught my attention though, especially being reflected in the little River Paleocapa which flows through this part of Padova:-)
    Hopefully we'll discover more on another visit.

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    Architecture

    by sandysmith Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    Padova detail

    Favorite thing: Padova is an old university town and wandering around the streets near here there were interesting architectural details to catch your eye - like these arched windows and balcony on Palazzo Jacur on Via Francesco.

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    Doors open the WRONG way..or is it the 'Right' way

    by mapakettle Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    been opening 'inwards' for years

    Fondest memory: Be aware, that in Italy, the doors to shops and restaurants open 'inward' as opposed to opening 'outwards' as we are used to in North America.

    It certainly makes it easier to open the door for the fair sex as you are leaving a shop, but coming in poses a problem.

    We've been here over a year, and still make the door slam and the windows shake when we attempt to open the door.

    In North America it is a fire regulation which is strictly enforced, the reason is that doors should open 'outwards' in order to prevent a pile up at an exit in case of fire. Makes sense, whereas here, if the door were to open 'outward', it could strike the car that is parked on the sidewalk.

    Each case has its merits.

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    Prato della Valle

    by sandysmith Written Sep 9, 2004

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    Prato reflection

    Fondest memory: This area of Padova was my favourite with the reflctions of the statues and buildings in the canals. This had been a former site for fairs and entertainments and was reclaimed in 1775 by Domenico Cerato, by order of Andrea Memmo. The "square" is very picturesque with its canal crossed by four bridges and lined by 78 statues of famous men.

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    Gattamelata

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Monument of Gattamelata is situated in the north-west corner of the square, right in front of Basilica di San Antonio

    Fondest memory: 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.

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    Piazza dei Signori

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: During the day it is used as an big open market place and looks very ugly, therefore I suggest you to visit this place in the afternoon. The view at the eastern part of Piazza dei Signori where, right opposite to the Palazzo del Capitano and next to Palazzo della Ragione, stands this defending (?) tower.

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    Basilica di St. Antonio - Il Santo

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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.

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    The Loggia

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Loggia della Gran Guardia
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    Favorite thing: The Towns Loggia della Gran Guardia (1496-1553) is situated on Piazza dei Signori, next to the Palazzo del Capitano. It housed the Council of Nobles of the city, nowadays it is used as an conference centre.

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    A funny side of Italy...

    by mapakettle Written Apr 19, 2004

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    Fondest memory: For a funny slant on Life in Italy, please click on to the following site. I have never laughed so loud or so long as I did watching this clip.

    Please note I take no credit for the production, but I wish I had this talent.

    http://www.infonegocio.com/xeron/bruno/italy.html

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    Warm, friendly people of Padova

    by mapakettle Written Mar 1, 2004

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    Padova people make me feel good, like sunflowers..

    Favorite thing: Basilica of St. Anthony...you can't wear shorts.

    PLUS, the market squares:

    Piazza Erbe for a selection of odds and ends, clothing, handbags, knick nacks etc., etc.
    Piazza Frutta for the freshest assortment of fruits and vegetables, spices, and candy. If you're here in the fall, look for freshly roasted chestnuts, and buy the largest bag they offer, or you'll just have to backtrack to purchase more later. (wonderful hot)

    Beneath the Palazzo della Ragione, you'll find two aisles of fish mongers, cheese venders, and delicatessens (salumerie). Fresh, fresh, fresh.

    Fondest memory: The people. Padova has very nice, warm, and caring people. This is a generalization of course, but we have found that shopkeepers try very hard to accomodate, bus drivers always lend a hand when questions arise, and the customer service people at the train station are outstanding.

    Italian people want to learn English, therefore will attempt to speak to you in English whenever possible. I am embarrassed when I compare my feeble linguistic skills to theirs.

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    Carvings, sculptures...

    by meteorologist1 Written Dec 19, 2003

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    carvings at the University of Padova

    Favorite thing: This is something you would typically see on the walls and architecture at the University of Padova. Very detailed and fine carvings and sculptures. Once again, you feel you are more like at a museum than at a university. In fact, this is one of the oldest universities in Italy.

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    University of Padova

    by meteorologist1 Written Dec 19, 2003

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    University of Padova

    Fondest memory: 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.

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    Courtyard of Basilica Di Sant' Antonio

    by meteorologist1 Written Dec 19, 2003
    courtyard of Basilica Di Sant' Antonio

    Fondest memory: 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.

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    Basilica Di Sant' Antonio

    by meteorologist1 Written Dec 19, 2003
    Basilica Di Sant' Antonio

    Fondest memory: The Basilica Di Sant' Antonio is a magnificent cathedral. It is pretty huge, and the design of the basilica contains a lot of arch-like structures. Inside the basilica it is pretty awesome as well. I would say this basilica is comparable to the one in Venice.

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    the city on water

    by call_me_rhia Written May 7, 2003

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    one of the several waterways

    Favorite thing: There are some cities, like Venice that - being located on the sea - live on water. No one is surprised by it. Padova - by contrast - came as a surprise: I wasn't expecting so many rivers and canals, actually I wasn't expecting any at all. Had I not been pushed for time I would have taken a boat cruise through to city and out to the surrounding countryside

    Fondest memory: There are two main rivers: the Brenta in the north and the fiume Bacchiglione in the south. These rivers are linked together by a series of canals: some are clean and charming, opthers are smelly and dirty. In the middle ages that were over 150 of them

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