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    Padova Card

    by suvanki Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    Arriving in Padova, (or pre-visit on line) get yourself this valuable card!

    For 14 Euros (2007) It entitles you to free, or reduced admission to the many attractions of Padova and its surrounding areas. Plus free travel on public APS buses and free car parking for 48 hours (or the whole weekend if purchased on a Friday)

    Discounted boat trips on the Brenta Canal and entrance to some of the Villas are also included

    A useful booklet comes with the ticket, that lists all the attractions that the card covers.

    Each card is valid for 1 adult and 1 child under 12.

    Often I find that 'discount cards' aren't really value for money, but this was well worth buying

    I purchased mine from the Tourist Info (TI) office opposite St Anthonys Basillica.

    You can also buy it from the TI office at the train station or Galleria Pedrocchi.

    I booked my ticket for the Scroveni chapel at the same time. This is included in the card price - I just had to pay an extra £1 booking fee.

    I also bought a ticket for the Padova City sightseeing bus, for 6 euros instead of 12 euros which is normally valid for 24 hours, but with the Padova card it was extended to 48 hours use!

    As my accommodation was out of the city centre, I used my card quite a bit on the bus.

    Without this card a bus ticket valid for 75 minutes was 1 euro.

    I also used it for free entry to the Palazzo della Ragione and The Caffe Pedrocchi.

    I had hoped to visit The Botanical Gardens and The Observatory, which are also included on the card, but I ran out of time.

    Be aware when planning Your visit to Padova that many of the museums etc close on a Monday

    Padova Card Cafe Pedrocchi terrace Palazzo della Ragione from sightseeing bus Scroveni Chapel Botanical Gardens Padua
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    La specola, our old astronomic observatory

    by oriettaIT Updated May 20, 2009

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    If you like astronomy you cant miss this!!! The original building was the tower of a Padova castles started on the 1200. In the 1700 the Venetian republic decided to give to the Padova's university a astronomic observatory and they used the old tower to buikd it saving some money!!
    Lately the old observatory have been restored and turned in a museum. The visit cost 5 euros and they will show you old instruments and you will know the story of this old building. Lots of people believe that Galileo Galilei worked here, but he taught in Padova university many years before this place was converted in a observatory so this is a metropolitan legend he he, but this place is still very interesting :-)

    Even if you are not so interested in astronomy, well, the view from the top of the tower worth the visit itself!!!

    The old observatory View from the top

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    Sailing along the old walls

    by oriettaIT Written Apr 24, 2009

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    Padova is a city of water, many canals surround the center giving you nice and peaceful views. Some of them can be sailed and there is organized tour starting from the center and going along the old walls or in Venice direction, sailing along the Brenta Riviera, where many important Venetians villas are.
    Check the website for much more information.

    Canal

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    Our neighbourhood Sagra on Sacro Cuore 2005

    by mapakettle Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    Every year, Sacro Cuore (our neighbourhood) has a Sagra, which combines a feast with amusement rides, and proceeds of the profits go towards Parish Projects. This year Ma Kettle and I attended with our adoptive daughter Paola, commonly known as 'paoseo' within our VT community.

    This is a fairly big deal, with lots of amusement stands, rides for all ages, and great food. There is no charge for admittance, and the Sagra is a popular venue attended every year by our neighbours, their friends, and people from outlying areas. In fact, I heard last night, our neighbourhood has a population of only 6000 people, but the average number of meals served during the five day festival numbers over 40,000. This is a tremendous turnout for an event like this.

    To order your meals, you first complete an order form from the large menu board on the wall, and join the line to pay. Now, understand, this is Italy, and Italians don't really understand the concept of waiting in line. There is a lot of cutting in, but it is done in a very polite and orderly fashion. The Italians have this practice down to an art, and tourists don't stand a chance. Don't take it personally, it is a time honoured tradition.

    For two complete meals, including roast chicken, gnocchi, fries (very popular) and a litre of wine, we paid 20 euro. Not bad for an evening out. You then find a bench somewhere within the huge tented dining area, and in time one of the volunteer staff will collect your receipt. It is your responsibility to get your own beverages from the bar area, while the staff places your food order.

    Great fun, lots of visiting back and forth, and a general feeling of togetherness which we find so common in Italy. Expect to be jostled a tad during dinner as newcomers might request your party move down in order to accomodate others.

    Ma Kettle's name is Maria, how kind of them Rides for all ages Rides for children Note the smokey haze from the BBQ'd meats Adoptive daughter Paola and Ma Kettle
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    WALK..........and here is a map

    by mapakettle Updated Mar 24, 2004

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    Just kidding, buy a map at a newstand, but don't expect it to help you once you're in the Center. Best way to explore, find an intersection, mark it on your map in highliter pen, and radiate outwards.

    It doesn't work for me, but my wife swears by the method. I, on the other hand, get lost in an elevator. (actually as I walk out of an elevator, I always go the wrong way)

    Padova has lots to see in the center, open air markets, countless shops, the university (second oldest in Italy), but remember, shops close between 12:30-3:30 or 1:00-4:00 for lunch. Have fun wandering.

    work your way down

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    Salon Frescoes

    by sandysmith Written Nov 1, 2004

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    There Salon has a ornate loggia on the outside and is adorned with beautiful frescoes - of astrological and religious subjects. Unfortunatly they are not the originals, which were attributed to Giotto and to his school, as they were destroyed in a fire in 1420 . The "newer" ones are by Nicolo' Miretto and Stefano da Ferrara (1425-1440).

    loggia and frescoes

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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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    "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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    Unbelievable Complex-BAsilica Saint Anthony

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    Saint Anthony died in 1220 at middle age, but by then he was renowed for his faithful and untiring preaching of the faith. he was cannonized and Franciiscan Friars began construction of a larger church to commemorate the saint. That was 1231, and it took 60 years to complete the basilica, that holds the tomb of Saint Anthony. The coffin was opened in 1981 to determine the condition of the body. It is said his tongue was still in good condition. This saint has led millions of pilgrams to the church through the years. The overall complex is unbelievablly huge, and holds many special sites. There are sculptures done by Donatello, the treasury Chapel has marble statues, there is s dioceasan type museum in the back that shows the sacred jewelry and other reverant items and paintings of devotion commemorating the deceased tradgedies, and a media show and museum section on St. Anthony
    The adjacent Oratorio di S. Giorgio and Scuola del Santo are equally important treasures to see the interiors. The fantastic ceiling frescoe done by Altichiero da Zevio in mid 1300's is one that you can stare at for an hour and stake in the beauty and meaning.
    The basilica is open daily 6:30 to 8:00PM and free. The oratorio, schuloa and museo are open 9-12 and 14-1800To access other areas, a charge of 3 or 4 Euro is made. Or you can get a Padova card and use for many museums and churches for 14 Euro.

    Layout of the large complex Front view of Basilica View inside the magnolia garden Blessed Luke cloister Lyout detail of the church complex
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    Plethera of Statues

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    This at one time was a Roman colleseum. It was torn down, but the 14th-18th century buildings surrounding the center remained. There are 78 statues of famous people of the town over the centuries, on both side of a circular canal, and four bridges cross over the water to what is called l'isola Memmia. It is stated to be the largest square in Europe ant 90,000 SQ meteres. In 1775 Procurator of Venice, Andrea Memmo started the reclamantion of what was mostly a swamp area. This is when they found the old Roman amphitheatre while putting in water piping. He had Domenico Cerato design the structure of the garden. With influencial manipulation, the statues were designed and money funded the private project. The park inspired Prato residents who wre proud of the park and frequented it. After a decline in the 1990's, the larger trees were replaced by smaller ones to allow a more open feeling.

    View of walkpath with surrounding sttues Statues with old Roman port entry in background Buildings encompass the ring of statues Bridge going over the canal Typical market day in the square
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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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    Palazzo Like a Boat

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    This was constructed to house the administrative functions of the city, or it was a municipal building. It is called Palace of Justice, of Il SaloneConstruction began in 1172 and completed in 1218. It had been separted into three sections, but after a fire of 1420 that gutted the inside, the walls were torn down. What now exists is one huge hall the is about 270 feet long and 100 feet wide, and the roof is all wood from the original days and 75 feet high. There are 333 fresoces from 1425-40 done by Meretti and Ferrara, when they were replacing the Giotto first works of 1310. The theme is of medieval astrological cycle, and is a great site to see all the detail and symbolism. The cavello ligneo/wooden horse is about 15 feet in height and constructed in 1466 to emulate Donatello famed horse that is in front of Saint Anthony Basilica.
    Open times are 9-7 daily except Monday when closed. Entry is 8 Euro, but a Padova card for 15 Euro allows entry along with many other sites in the city. We were charged another 3 Euro to Ragione, maybe because of special exhibit that day, but did not seem like that was case.

    Information on the palazzo Vendors use as local trade daily Angle view Personal escort with the polizia-check the alcove Adjacent connection Palazzo Podesta to the complex
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    Porta e Ponte Molino

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    There are several well preserved medieval gates in Padua which were a part of the town's fortifications: Savonarola Gate, S. Giovanni Gate, Portello Gate, Pontecorvo Gate, don't miss them when strolling around.
    Porta Molino and the bridge of the same name are situated in the northern part of the town, very close to basilica del Carmine.

    Porta Molino Porta and Ponte Molino Porta Molino Porta Molino
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    GIUSTINA CHIESA

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    This basilica is nearly as large as St. Anthony's. It was originally founded in the 5th century by Justun Padua. Latest cnstruction is from 13th century and it took 300 yers to complete, with the outer facade never done. In the 15th century it was one of the most important monasteries in the area. Napoleon closed the doors in 1810 and they did not reopen until 1919. Only groups can enter that part by appointment. The interior of the church has fine art work by Veronese at the altar, and other areas have frescoes of many martyrs. It is called martyrs hallway on the right as you enter. Several saints are entombed here. The overall church is dark and remembering of the old times when saintdome ruled.

    Guistina entrance.
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    GArden with all varities

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Begun in 1545, this is the oldest university garden in Europe. It was started to grow herbs for medical cures and testing, and the concept and administration was from medicine sutides at Bo University. It was called Hortis Simplicium for its simple theme. Venice's reach to foreign lands brought back exotic plants for medincinal study. There is also a library and herberium. The gardens were designed as a circle, planned by Daniele Barbaro. It is now enclosed by walls built after many thefts of plants in early days, and four elaborate gates were built in 1704. A square in middle is divided in 4 quarters for pathways. There is about 5 acres of ground. The oldest plant is from 1585, a palm.
    The garden was restored by the Wiegand family of Nevada in recent years. Entry is 4 Euro, but a Padova card for 14 Euro allows entry to this and many other sites.

    Infomration on the garden View of the plantings Looking back into the University study house Entry to garden Pathway to various plantings
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