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    Situated at the square Piazza Duomo.
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    The Eremitani

    by leics Written Apr 9, 2012

    The Eremitani church stands next to the Giardino dell'Arena, on Piazza Eremitani.

    It was built in the early fourteenth century but was almost completely destroyed in the 1944 bombing raids...including the destruction of the 15th-century frescoes by Mantagna, considered to be the second-worst of Italy's wartime artistic losses (after the Camposanto in Pisa).

    What fragments of the frescoes remained have been pieced together again, and you can see the result in the chapels to the side of the main altar. But they give only the tiniest glimpse of what lovely pieces of art the frescoes must once have been.

    The side-chapels also have small areas of fresco remaining, including some by the late fourteenth-century Paduan Guariento.

    I was amazed at how well the church had been rebuilt, and by how much its 'feel' of antiquity remained. the wooden ceiling, shaped rather like the interior of a boat, is rather magnificent (sorry the photo is a bit blurred).

    It's definitely worth spending some time in the Eremitani on your way to or from the station.

    Eremitani Mantegna fresco Ceiling Memorial ?Guariento? fresco
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    Giardino dell'Arena

    by leics Written Apr 8, 2012

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    These rather lovely little gardens are set alongside the river Bacchiglione, as you cross into the historical city from the railway station.

    They are well worth wandering and offer a pleasant, shady spot for a picnic in summer.

    Little fountains ,flowerbeds, the occasional sculpture...and the remains of the Roman theatre (hence 'Arena').

    The Scrovegni Chapel and the Eremitani monastery (now a museum) are also within the grounds.

    Giardino dell'Arena River Bacciglione Warning sign!
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    The Church of Santa Maria Dei Servi

    by mikelisaanna Updated Jan 15, 2012

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    The Church (Chiesa) of Santa Maria Dei Servi is a small, but old and interesting church located along one of the main street's in Padua's historic center. We almost walked right by it, but saw someone coming out a door and decided to go in out of curiosity. It is an active parish church, and was raising money for renovations when we visited. The church dates back to around 1400 and has an attractive altar area and some interesting paintings and sculptures decorating its interior. Its ceiling consists of dark wooden beams.

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    Eremitani Church

    by mikelisaanna Written Dec 25, 2011

    The Eremitani Church is a historic church in Padua that is adjacent to the city's art museum and the more famous Scrovegni Chapel. The Eremitani Church was built in the late 1200s as part of a monastery complex. The monastery now houses Padua's art museum. The highlights of the church are its beautiful wooden ceiling, which looks like the inside of a boat (upside down), and the frescoes in its altar area. Unfortunately, much of the church's artwork was damaged by bombs in World War II.

    The wooden ceiling of the Eremitani Church Altar frescoes in the Eremitani Church
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    Porta Savonarola

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 19, 2011

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    Porta Savonarola, part of the 15th century walls (Mura Cinquecentescha) was one of the main entrance to the city. The gate was designed by the architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto and finished in 1530. The same as twin gate Porta San Giovanni this gate was adorned by the Venetian lion, symbol of the Republic, but pulled down during rule of the Napoleon. The lion was replaced by an remake in the 19th century.

    Porta Savonarola
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    Porta Altinate

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 19, 2011

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    The city walls or "mura comunali" were built at the start of the 13th century, thats why local people call them colloquialy "Mura Duecentesche". Their route was delimited by the two branches of the Bacchiglione, the Tronco Maestro and the Naviglio Interno, which came to be used as defensive ditches. The only gates to remain from this walls are the main north gate Porta Molino, and the main west gate Porta Altinate.

    Porta Altinate from Piazza Garibaldi sculptures inside Porta Altinate Porta Altinate from the Contrada Altinate

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    Flowers decorations

    by oriettaIT Updated Oct 17, 2011

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    Padova put special attention on flowers, every year they renew the center flower beds with colorful accents and hang all over the place box of plants, this is how our street lamps get to be all dressed up.
    They also organize a festival twice a year, in spring and fall, in the Ghetto area. There are stands selling plants, flower and seeds, a photo contest also take place and there is a contest for the best balcony decoration.

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    Catching Historical Symbols

    by painterdave Written Oct 7, 2011

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    When you are walking through northern Italy, or even parts of Greece you will see many Venetian symbols, one of them being the lion. Over doorways, and in full size statues the lion reminds the traveller of old that they are in Venetian territory.
    Other things from the past... this water trough for horses, now used as a bird bath by pigeons. When you visit the art museums in Venice look to see if there are pigeons in the paintings of the piazzas, etc. You will see that they are not so evident, I believe that this is because pigeons were eaten more at that time.
    Now they are to abundant and a nuisance, so much so that buildings, windows and walls have metal stickers to keep them away.

    Venetian Lion Symbol Water trough
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    $$ Saving Padova Sightseeing Tip

    by roberta2011 Written Jun 23, 2011

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    I don't think any VT'ers have mentioned the PadovaCard which you should DEFINITELY purchase if you plan to visit multiple museums/attractions in and around Padova and use public transportation. I wish I had known about this when I first arrived and was touring many sights each day as I would have saved euros that could have been better spent on tasty food/drinks! You can purchase a PadovaCard that is valid for either 48 or 72 consecutive hours - the prices are different, but the discounts/entries are the same.

    You can find more info about this money saving device along with where it can be purchased at their website (see below), but some of the benefits of PadovaCard include: free use of buses and tram; free parking for cars and motorcycles at selected parking places in Padua; free entry to 12 historical sights; reduced entrance tickets to 24 monuments (including the Scrovegni Chapel!); and discounts on City Sightseeing Bus, boat tours along the Brenta Riviera, guided tours, trade fairs, theatre performances, etc. etc. It really is a good deal for those who plan to do a significant amount of sightseeing and will be in town for a least 2 days.

    Palazzo della Ragione Padova - free!
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    Cafe to Look At and Admire

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is a grand cafe founded in 1772, and coffee house first open in 1831. The ground floor was styled to hold large parties and therefor has a grand open feel to it, and was decorated between 1840-42 following the style of Pedrocchi The entrance to the musuem protion is up a flight of stairs just to the right of the facade entrance. There are some well decorated rooms and the colors are dark and elegant in luxury. They have an Egyptian room, many other small rooms with frescoes, and a Museo di Risorgimento. There was an uprising of students against the Austrian rule in 1848. This is now owned by the city of Padova.
    Entry fee is included in Padova card costing 15 Euro, or I believe separate cost is 3-4 Euro. Open 10-12 and 15-17 daily except Monday.

    Entrance to Pedrocchi-museo on right of this Another entrance view Information on the cafe
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    Ragione-Wood Replica-But Great One

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The frescoes surrounding the huge complex was first painted by Giotto in 1315-17, then destroyed in a fire in 1402 and repainted by Miretto and Stefano over 15 years. Then again, a hurricane tore off the roof in 1756, damaging the frescoes, but restored from 1762-70 by Zannoni. The roof was not replaced in simliar dcor, and is now a leather covered over 116 valut ribs of wooden beams.
    The large wooden horse, probably 20 feet in height, was first donated to Ragione in 1837 by CApodilista family. It is said to have been built for a joust in 1466, done by Rinaldi to replicate the GAttemelata horse at Piazza SAnto, done by him.
    The frescoes are of astrological cycles and zodiac symbols, divided into 12 parts for each month of the year. it is incredible to imagine all the work that has gone into continually preserving these frescoes in order to present in current day.

    Wooden horse of 1466 Tail in the air-20 feet tall The background of the frescoes from 1425-40 Information of Ragione
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    Ponte Molino

    by antistar Updated Jan 9, 2011

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    Walking out of the old city through the ancient Roman gate of Porta Molino you find yourself crossing the Bacchiglione river on the Ponte Molino. This is a segmented arch bridge also dating from Roman times. It survives along with three others in the city. The Ponte Molino, however, sports sublime views of pastel shaded mediterranean houses tracking down the riverside.

    Typical Paduan Houses, Ponte Molino View to the Modern Business Centre, Ponte Molino

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    "Memoria e luce": remembering 11th September 2001

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 8, 2010

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    Although this tip doesn't deal with the monuments tourists usually visit in Padova (Sant'Antonio, Piazza delle Erbe, and so on), I really think it is a must not only for tourists.
    Memoria e luce ("Memory and light" because it can be illuminated) represents an open book like the one that the Statue of Liberty holds in her hand and is the only European monument to the victims of the 11th September 2001 terror attacks in New York. It celebrates in particular the numerous firemen who died while trying to save other people. The New York firemen gave a beam of the World Trade Center as a gift to the Region of Veneto.
    The model of the monument by Daniel Libeskind, which was selected among many proposals, was exhibited in the hall of the Padova railway station in 2006, but no more now. Its base reported the poem written in the book of the Statue of Liberty. You are lucky that I took a photo of it, so you can still see it (fourth and fifth photos of this tip)!
    Thank you Veneto and Padova for honouring my country once more! God bless America!

    the beam from the WTC Libeskind's project (1) Libeskind's project (2)
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    See Mantegna frescos in Chiesa degli Eremitani

    by oriettaIT Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Close to the Giotto's masterpiece Cappella degli Scrovegni, in Padova there is another church that worth a visit. You can find it walking out of the garden where the Cappella is and turning left.
    The Chiesa degli Eremitani during the Second World War was blowed out by some bombs, so dont expect much decoration in it as the frescos in the left part of the church have been totally destroyed, but in the right, oh, i can tell you thay what you can see there worth the visit!!
    Mantegna painted the right Cappella inside the church, called Cappella degli Ovetari and his frescos have been showed in a important art exhibition some years ago.
    If when you will go there the Cappella will be still closed for restoring work, try to find the caretaker, I did, and he was wery nice and, when i told him i was so sad i cant see well the frescos because the scaffolding, he opened the gate and took me inside the chapel to see better!!

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    Toasting Luxardo's Liquors

    by painterdave Written Mar 3, 2010

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    If you appreciate wine and do the tastings in areas you travel you will probably know about Luxardo and their liquors which are marketed world wide.
    They have an on site tasting room and you can enjoy finding the perfect liquor while learning the history of Luxardo. Even the White House features their liquors and President Obama recently sent them a letter concerning his appreciation of their appertifs.
    The representative will give you quite a history of Luxardo and you can ask questions about the area and the beautiful hills nearby.
    I suggest making this a day trip while visiting also a trattoria in the hills, and also a fine winery called Vignalta which has two different tasting rooms in these hills. I suggest the one in Arca Petraca, and you can find a page on this winery in my travel pages. (Their 2005 Rosso Riserva is awesome.)

    Parking Lot View Old Tanks Once Used What they send to restaurants Bottle Display Friendly Representative
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