Padova Tourist Traps

  • The beautiful Piazza dei Signori.
    The beautiful Piazza dei Signori.
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  • Surrounding at the Piazza dei Signori.
    Surrounding at the Piazza dei Signori.
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  • Side facade of the Torre dell’Orologio.
    Side facade of the Torre dell’Orologio.
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    Dare I say it.......?

    by mapakettle Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    I love them, but......

    Well, fellow travelers, I came a long way to visit Italy, and somehow, The Disney Store does not fit in the picture that I imagined. Maybe if they put in an espresso bar....

    Now I've said it, Mickey's upset, Daisy will stop calling, but, this isn't Disney World in Florida. This is Italy, after all.

    I hope Goofy understands. We have this Zen thing going.

    Unique Suggestions: Buy something...join in the fun.

    Fun Alternatives: Close your eyes, and hurry past. Be careful of the cobblestones.

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    don't shop for religious items

    by call_me_rhia Written May 8, 2003

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    image of saint anthony

    Outside the basilica of Sant'Antonio you'll see dozens of street sellers trying to sell you everything possible related to Saint Anthony: postcards, candles, books and those really cute plastic containers that send snowflakes flying when you shake them

    Unique Suggestions: Don't by any: religion has nothing to do with it. As as a souvenir they are really tacky: I don't think anyone will appreciate them.

    Fun Alternatives: make a donation: i'm sure someone in the world will need your money more than these street sellers

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    Of course they'll try and sell...

    by oja Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Of course they'll try and sell you everything vaguely related to St Anthony, and all sorts of memorabilia with the famous saint on it. You can choose among lighters, candles, T-shirts, purses, pencils and such. I have not, however, seen one non-kitchy thing among them, so photos were my only souvenir.

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  • riviera del brenta e ville venete

    by ancan Updated Jun 15, 2008

    cari turisti, sono nato a padova e vivio a padova e vi consiglio di vedere le ville venete, che iniziano a Noventa padovana a circa 2.5 km da padova e percorrendo verso stra, mira dolo potrete ammirare delle fenomenali ville antiche.

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    Baptistry under renovation

    by Mikebond Written Jul 5, 2013

    The baptistry of the cathedral, with frescoes by Giusto de' Menabuoi, is currently being renovated and works will last until September 2013.
    The entry fare is still the same (2,80 euros for adults and 1,80 for students) and it's not clearly written that most of the frescoes are covered with scaffoldings.

    Unique Suggestions: I was a bit angry when I discovered this, but at least I was allowed to take some pictures, and in the end I bought a book with all the photos (6 euros).
    I will go back to see the renovated baptistry after September 2013. Luckily, I live close to Padova!

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    Piazza dell'Erbe - The main square.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 27, 2013
    Beautiful fountain at the Piazza dell'Erbe.
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    On a slightly cloudy day we decided to go the city of Padua, and we were not sorry for that. Funny thing was that at the moment we entered the city the sky opened up and the sun did arrive! The reason why we wanted to go to Padua was rather simple, because it’s the oldest city in the north part of Italy and a rather large one as well. Besides that it is situated by the Canal Piovego (river), so there had to be something to explore of interest. Padua houses one of the oldest universities in the world and the city truly is an innovative, contemporary city where culture, architecture, nature and science coexist as a satisfying whole. Padua has a beautiful reserved old ancient city center and also some modern cultural buildings that sit harmoniously with the baroque facades.

    We started our exploration tour on the famous Piazza dell’Erbe (main square of Padua) on which all kinds of beautiful historical buildings are situated. The Piazza dell’Erbe is the natural centre of the city of Padua: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 12th century.

    Address: Piazza dell’Erbe, 35100 Padua.
    Directions: Right at the old and ancient city center.

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    Piazza dell'Erbe - Square of herbs.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 27, 2013
    A riot of colours!
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    The surrounding buildings at the Piazza dell’Erbe are truly breath taking. Of course the Palazzo della Ragione is the main building you will see once you enter the square. But more about that beautiful building is written in several separate tips. Don’t forget to have a good look at the yellow facades above the fascinating galleries at the south part of the square. Besides that at the north eastern part of Piazza dell’ Erbe you will see the amazing (white) Comune de Padua, the tourist office of the city.

    In this setting it is great to have a daily market. We read in advance that the market at Piazza dell’Erbe is a visit to the best market in the world. Well, that is a bit of an overstatement, but still the market at the square is worth a visit indeed. It is a true assault on the senses with smells coming from the Italian cheese and Italian salami to fruit, from the spices to vegetables. The market was founded in the 12th century and still existing. It’s all part of the Padua’s daily market routine which has been taking place here for more than 800 years!

    Address: Piazza dell’Erbe, 35100 Padua.
    Directions: Right at the old and ancient city center.

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    Piazza dell'Erbe - Palazzo della Ragione.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 27, 2013
    The large wooden horse inside.
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    Once you are on the Piazza dell’Erbe you simply can’t miss out on the huge Palazzo della Ragione. If you are a person that is meandering about historic center of a town and a picturesque open-air market the Piazza dell’Erbe is the place to be. Together with the Palazzo della Ragione in the backdrop this is a destination never to forget. So, before being distracted by the color, smells, and cacophony of the sprawling outdoor fruit and vegetable market stalls, turn your attention to the magnificent Palazzo della Ragione, whose interior is as impressive as its exterior.

    Only for its galleries it is worth a visit. Just walk your way up the stairs and at that point do look down at the daily market and enjoy the vibe. It was built in 1219 as the seat of Padua's parliament and was used as an assembly hall, courthouse, and administrative center. It is worth a visit and go inside as well. Enjoy the huge hall with its frescoes and the large wooden horse. After our visit inside we also took some time to walk around the building and enjoy the beautiful decorated facades.

    Address: Piazza dell’Erbe, 35100 Padua.
    Directions: Right at the old and ancient city center.

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    Torre dell'Orologio - Clock Tower of Padua.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 15, 2013
    Front view of the Torre dell'Orologio.
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    For us this particular building represents the entire city of Padua. By the time we arrived at the Torre dell’Orologio (clock tower of Padua) we already saw some great sights, but being here made us realize we were really in Padua. I took a picture of the clock tower and when I was looking at the beautiful clock through my camera lens I just felt some goose bumps, making me feel so happy, relaxed and truly in Padua. It was just a great moment.

    The Torre dell’Orologio is situated at the Piazza dei Signori and we arrived at this square via another square, namely Piazza Capitaniato. The nice thing about this is that we just walked underneath the clock tower. The view from the Piazza Capitaniato at the Torre dell’Orologio is not much, you truly won’t be able to see that it is such a beautiful building at the front side. Like I said we walked underneath it and once at the Piazza dei Signori we turned ourselves around and stood in awe once we saw the front façade of the clock tower. Such a beautiful building, so much to admire!

    Address: Piazza dei Signori, 35100 Padua.
    Directions: Right at the old and ancient city center.

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    Torre dell'Orologio - Built in 1344.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 15, 2013
    Torre dell���Orologio  seen from Piazza Capitaniato.
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    It was quite clear to be honest, the historic buildings surrounding the Piazza dei Signori were terrific. The daily market really added atmosphere to the square as well. But of all the historical buildings the Torre dell’Orologio is the absolute highlight of the square. Before we ever tried to gain some historical information about the beautiful clock tower we just stood there and watch it for a couple of minutes.

    Later on we read in our travel book that the clock of the Torre dell’Orologio was built in 1344. The facade of the building was rebuilt in stone in 1532. It is said to be one of the first public clocks in country of Italy. Of the astronomic signs on the clock face, Libra is missing, presumably an insult to those who failed to pay the builder the amount he thought was due. The functional design was by Jacopo de'Dondi (1290-1359) who also supervised its construction. It may not actually have been the world's first clock ever but it was certainly one of them.

    Address: Piazza dei Signori, 35100 Padua.
    Directions: Right at the old and ancient city center.

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    Torre dell'Orologio - Jocopo Dondi.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 15, 2013
    Side facade of the Torre dell���Orologio.
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    Reading about the Torre dell’Orologio is just fascinating and I can write all about it. But still I don’t like to drop facts all over Virtual Tourist as this website is all about travel experiences and not dates and other historical facts. But anyway … the original clock was built by Jacopo Dondi who was graduated from the Padua University and he established himself as professor to lecture at the University's medical school. However, like many medical scholars of the time, he was fascinated by the sky and the stars, and by how time was calculated according to the movement of the sun. Here is the origin of the Torre dell’Orologio :)

    The monumental prospectus in Istrian stone of the door was realized in 1532. The most external crown of the clock have the 24 hours in Roman figures in it. The inside crown (in painted copper of blue) represents the immovable starry sky. It is a beautiful masterpiece indeed. Do keep in mind that Padova is (a lot) less touristic than Venice, Rome or for example Florence. To me this means that the atmosphere has a more "Italian" feeling than on the better known Italian cities. The square Piazza dei Signori on which the Torre dell’Orologio is situated is a fine example of that feeling.

    Address: Piazza dei Signori, 35100 Padua.
    Directions: Right at the old and ancient city center.

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    Via VIII Febbraio - Part of "Classic Route".

    by Jerelis Written Dec 24, 2013
    Beautiful facades at Via VIII Febbraio.
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    When we first arrived in Padua we hiked our way up from our parking spot to the old and ancient city center of Padua. Via the street called Via Altinate we stopped at the square Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi in order to focus on how we wanted to explore the city. Our travel book told us that it was the best way to explore Padua via the so called “Classic Route”. The most varied and suitable tour for those who get in touch with the city for the first time. It includes a lot of highlights we read, like the old ancient town, Palazzo della Ragione and for example Piazza della Frutta. It didn’t say anything about the Via VIII Febbraio in particular which was rather uncommon as it had so much to offer, therefore these tips about this amazing street!

    At first the street Via VIII Febbraio looked like an ordinary shopping street. At our left side we saw the quite modern building of the shopping mall named La Rinascente. But after we passed that ugly building we only witnessed highlight after highlight. Just follow our itinerary and be amazed.

    Address: Via VIII Febbraio, Padua.
    Directions: Right at the right side of the old ancient city center.

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    Via VIII Febbraio - Padua's atmosphere.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 24, 2013
    Hiking our way around the Via VIII Febbraio.
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    Padua is one of the oldest cites in Italy and its great history is still reflected in the city today. It attracts many tourists, pilgrims and enthusiasts like us. Most of Padua’s atmosphere and historic landscape can still be found in the street Via VIII Febbraio. After we passed the La Rinascente we had a good look to our right with some richly decorated houses with beautiful arcades. A bit further the road became a bit wide and gave us a view at the square Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour with a beautiful statue and some nice terraces on it.

    After our look at the square we kept on walking and already could see the Cafè Pedrocchi. This coffee house was born out of the ingenious intuition of Antonio Pedrocchi who transformed the little coffee shop inherited from his father, into a great building. It’s located only a few steps from the historical seat of the University. Because of the fact that it is open day and night it became known as the “coffee house with no doors”. Even when you decide not to have a drink here, the façade only is worth a closer look, what a beautiful building it is.

    Address: Via VIII Febbraio, Padua.
    Directions: Right at the right side of the old ancient city center.

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    Via VIII Febbraio - University and more ...

    by Jerelis Written Dec 24, 2013
    The streets of Via VIII Febbraio.
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    For us it was time for a nice lunch while we were walking the Via VIII Febbraio. Good thing was that we just arrived at the Piazzetta della Garzerai, a square that adjoins the street. The square is small, with a nice fountain on it, but also the location of the Brek Facacceria. Right there we had a great lunch and after that we were back on track for continuing our way over the Via VIII Febbraio.

    We hiked a bit further and the street became a little smaller with two amazing buildings on both sides! At the right we saw the building of the Banca de Padova with a beautiful white stone façade and clock tower on top of it. Finally to the left of the Via VIII Febbraio we had a look at one of the oldest universities in Europe which bears witness to the importance of the city of Padua and inspires visitors. At the end of the street just turn right and you will end up at the main square of Padua, named Piazza dell´Erbe.

    Address: Via VIII Febbraio, Padua.
    Directions: Right at the right side of the old ancient city center.

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