Padova (Padua) is one of Northern Italy's oldest cities and founded by the Trojan prince, Antenor. It went through its 'Roman' period and subsequent conquerings by various peoples, including the Magyars, from Hungary, but its chief claim to fame is, perhaps, its university. Founded in 1222, the second university to be established in Italy, it became famous throughout Europe as a seat of learning.
In 1545, the Padova university created the very first academic botanical gardens. You can still visit and see the gardens much as they have always been including a palm tree that was planted in 1585 and admired by the poet Goethe. Stand in Goethe's footsteps and admire it yourself!
Apart from the churches, there are early medieval buildings dotted all around and many narrow streets which still adhere to their Medieval layout.
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