Padova Travel Guide

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Padova Highlights

  • Pro
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     Interesting art, architecture, a college-age feel, good nightlife, proximity to Venice, quaint city 

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     Nightlife almost nonexistent 

  • In a nutshell
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     stop in on the way to Venice or even stay in Padova 

Padova Things to Do

  • Prato della Valle

    Walking the relatively short thirty minute walk from the train station through the narrow streets of Padova coming into the massive Prato Della Valle is quite a shock. Said to be the second largest public square in the world behind the Red Square in Europe. I certainly would not question it. However on a clear day just adjusting your eyes to the...

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  • Basilica di San Antonio

    Basilica del Santo has been an important pilgrimage destination since the thirteenth century. Its construction begun in 1232 to house the tomb of saint Anthony. It was completed in 1307. This church is located on the site where since 110 there was a church. This was incorporated into the basilica and now it is one of the chapels; the Chapel of the...

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  • Palazzo della Ragione

    Right in the centre of old Padova is the epic Palazzo della Ragione. It sits in between two grand squares, the Piazza Delle Erbe and the Piazza Delle Frutta. Often these piazzas fill up with market stalls, but on quiet days you will be blessed with a clear view of this grand old building. The palace was originally built in the 12th century, but...

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Padova Restaurants

  • Excellent pizza and Ethiopian food

    The entrance of this Ristorante Pizzeria dont give it justice, it is located in a busy street out of the city center and you cant tell from the outside if the place would be nice or not. BUT once you open the door you are pleasantly surprise!! The ambience is nice, few tables surrounded by nice decorarion, street lights and plants give you the...

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  • Signature espresso!

    We were in Padua to soak up history, and our guidebook mentioned this elegant café and meeting place built in 1831. The café has historical prominence because of its role in the 1848 riots against the Austrian Hapsburg monarchy. So, enough reasons to try it for ourselves. We chose a seat near the open doors in the Red room where we could watch the...

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  • True gelaterie.

    Padua is well-known for its prestigious and old university and the city also boasts a lot of testimonies of its glorious past. Padua is an interesting destination for tourists from all over the world and therefore we visited this beautiful city. But Padua is also for one ice cream parlors all over the city. We tasted this magnificent ice cream...

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Padova Nightlife

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  • Reading a book.

    Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax,...

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  • Caffe Pedrocchi

    Caffe Pedrocchi, designed by Giuseppe Jappelli (1831), is complex building in neoclassical style with a flourish of ornate Gothic. It is original and rare example of a multipurpose premise. This cafe-bar is favorite place for the locals for both, meeting point and enjoying in espresso or other drinks.

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  • Jazz and Wine

    This small enoteca features live music, while featuring tasting of 15 wines from Italy and the Veneto. We were there on a Sunday evening where the music began at an early 7:30 PM. The group played a lot of tunes from Nat King Cole but there were other jazz selections. The groups name is Why Nat? The keyboard player and his group are quite busy...

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Padova Transportation

  • On the local bus

    Get bus tickets at Tobacchi shops or in front of the train station there is a small building with two windows where they sell tickets, single-double or monthly if you have the correct documents. You can also get a bus map, called a piantina or cartina or mappa...I just want to point out to tourists and visitors that the bus tickets are two sided....

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  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Callantsoog by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Hop On and Off Again Bus

    Hop off and on again buses are a great way of seeing all the major sites of some cities. With a open second deck you can get some good views of most towns. The bus in Padua stops at eleven different locations around town. However in Padova the main tourist attractions are a pretty short distance from each other. With frequent buses and trams...

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Padova Shopping

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  • Compact discs; dvds and so on.

    Here you can find a big choice of cds, long playings and dvds at the best prices.It is a small shop, but full of items. Cds; dvds. ...

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  • Flea Market GIGANTE!

    This last Sunday of the month market is the biggest one I have found near Padova. This village is near Padova, about 20 minutes a bit northwest of Padova. If you like flea markets, this is the one for you. It takes about 3 hours to see it all if you do not stop too much. It is huge. We actually have never seen the whole thing as we become tired of...

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  • Do haggle off.

    The main building at the market is of course the Palazzo della Ragione (Hall of Justice). With its length of 82 meters you simply can’t miss it. It’s just a part of the experience to walk up the stairs to the upper galleries and have a look down at the market square. It’s built in 1218 and claims to have the widest room with a roof unsupported by...

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Padova Local Customs

  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Italy is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Italy with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main types...

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  • Birra Moretti

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Cavallino (and this probably counts for our entire surrounding of Cavallino-Treporti) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only...

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Padova Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Callantsoog area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Where to live... and where to avoid

    It seems silly to mention 'bad areas' of town and Padova in the same sentence, because this must be one of the safest places I have ever seen. However while I was on the hunt for permanent accommodation, the locals had some harsh words to say about certain areas. Now curiosity really does get the better of me sometimes, so I had to take a quick...

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Padova Tourist Traps

  • Via VIII Febbraio - University and more...

    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...

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  • Via VIII Febbraio - Padua's atmosphere.

    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...

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  • Via VIII Febbraio - Part of "Classic...

    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...

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Padova What to Pack

  • What To Bring on a Long Stay

    Luggage with wheels is a must if you bring a lot of luggage items.Remember you will be dragging it over cobble stoned streets and up stairs.Italians take stairs like mountain goats, and I wish for escalators and elevators. Months of September through April---light jacket is minimum neededDecember through March 1--heavier jacketLong stays--sweat...

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  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of memory cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Things to bring to Padua

    Travel light! A daysac for carrying cameras, guide books etc. If You're visiting the Scroveni Chapel and Eremitani museums, You will be expected to leave Your bags in the cloakroom - They're quite fussy about this!! Comfortable shoes - There's plenty to see in Padua, so You'll probably cover miles on foot.Padua is a University city, so there are a...

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Padova Off The Beaten Path

  • Giardina dell'Arena - Full of history.

    While planting and land form in much of the park appear natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially. The park is made up of several parts. At the entrance to the park, to road Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi you will find the statue of Garibaldi, the...

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  • Giardina dell'Arena - Garden of the...

    The Giardina dell’Arena was built at the beginning of the Roman era. The construction of the park was made possible by the presence of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena. This, of course, is what has given the name of the beautiful park. The Giardina dell’Arena is a huge area of open space and is provided for recreational use. It is completely owned...

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  • Giardina dell'Arena - So much to...

    At some point of being a VT member it always amazes me that there are such a beautiful public parks or gardens right in the middle of huge cities. This fact always fascinates me and in Padua it was not different. Right here we hiked our way up to the public park “Giardina dell’Arena (Garden of the Arena). We made quite some footsteps in this...

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Padova Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - Game plan strategy.

    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...

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  • Hiking - Take time to meander.

    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...

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  • Hiking - The medieval town.

    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...

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  • Prato della Valle.

    This square is said to be the second largest square in the world. At its centre there is a elliptical grassy island (isola Memmia). It is surrounded by a canal crossed by four stone bridges and lined by a 78 statues representing famous people. Originally this square housed a Roman theatre and later a fairground. Then it deteriorated into a swamp....

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  • La Specola

    La Specola, situated on riviera Paleocapa, dates back from 10-11th century. It was the highest tower of the Medieval Castelvecchio of Da Carrara family.Do not be surprised if locals call it;- Castello,- La Specola,- Torlunga,all three names are in use for this building. In the second half of the18th century, the old Medieval castle was transformed...

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  • Check out Padova events

    If you are planning a visit to Padova and you want to know what is going on here while you will be staying, the sites you have to check is Padova cultura - the official municipality site, Padovando and 2night (I am sorry they are only in italian, I hope they will provide a english version soon!!!). They list every event in town , music, teather,...

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