Padova Sports & Outdoors

  • Do keep looking up!
    Do keep looking up!
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  • Lively market at Piazza dell'Erbe.
    Lively market at Piazza dell'Erbe.
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  • Just following no particular route.
    Just following no particular route.
    by Jerelis

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    Hiking - Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 5, 2014
    Also keep looking down :)
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    Most people try to rush Padua on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Padua properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Padua we saw on a city map that the city of Padua is divided into two main areas - the historical old town and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city twice, and hiked our way through both areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town (Jewish Quarter) where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several time. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Giardini dell’Arena park where we parked the car, made our way to Via VIII Febbraio and finally hiked way into the Jewish and it ended at the Piazza delle Duomo at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley's, this part of Padua is the place to get hopelessly lost for a few hours. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at Piazza dei Signori, Cafè Pedrocchi, mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Padua?

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    Hiking - Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 5, 2014
    Just following no particular route.
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    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Padua’s old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city of Padua whenever you won't visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main squares Piazza dell’Erbe and Piazza della Frutta are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Piazza Capitaniato way back near the Torre dell’Orologio and for example the Roman amphitheatre at the back of the Giardini dell’Arena park. So, follow your heart and get away from the masses. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Pals might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

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    Hiking - The medieval town.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 5, 2014
    On our way to the ancient city center.
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    Padua is a city with a lot of history indeed. The medieval town had its golden age between the 11th and 16th century. The compact town of Padua is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Padua is Italy, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the Palazzo della Ragione, we read that this particular building was first designed in the 12th century and is a necessary destination for those meandering about the historic center of town and the picturesque open-air markets. Besides that do visit the Jewish Quarter, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Frutta and the defensive walls behind the village reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Padua is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 45 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Padua is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    St. Anthony marathon

    by oriettaIT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every year, at the end of April (27 April in 2008) there is this race.
    St.Anthony Marathon starts in Vedelago, a town in the province of Treviso, and ends in the heart of Padova. There is about 40 km of a level race course through nine little towns.

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    Skating

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 27, 2009

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    All around the large piazza called Prato Della Valle there is a oval where you can enjoy skating. They use it for international contests but all year long people go there to skate every day. It is easy to see very good one doing acrobatic performances.

    Equipment: There used to be a skate rental place but it is not there any longer, so if you want to enjoy this wonderful place you need to bring your own equipment.

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    Padova Calcio - Vecchia gloria

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 10, 2005

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    Padova vs. Inter
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    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.

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