Padua (Veneto - Italy)
Padua is a town of 209.829 inhabitants, located 12 meters above sea level in the homonymous province, its territory covers an area of 92,90 sq km.
Surrounded by "Euganean Hills" and crossed by many waterways, Padua It is a city that combines the historical and cultural tradition in the development of industry and services.
The centrality of its geographical position allows to easily reach Venice and the neighboring seaside resorts, the Dolomites and Lake Garda, the spa town of Abano and Montegrotto Terme.
Art CityWith a rich architectural heritage and museums, Padua is visited annually by more than 500.000 tourists; its squares, the arcades and the old cobbled streets tell the wealth of an extraordinary medieval times for art and culture.
In recent years, the economy has increased trade, logistics, transport and large commercial distribution, in addition to the already strong small-medium enterprises.
There are many ideas for visiting the city: from the artistic and cultural itineraries to naturalistic ones.
Giotto, Giusto de 'Menabuoi, Donatello, Mantegna, Titian, are just some of the "signatures", whose works can be admired in Scrovegni Chapel, to Duomo, to Holy, in Church of the Eremitani.
Walking under the arcades of the historical center there is the medieval heart of Padua and civil.
The streets of the Ghetto lead in the streets, among the markets where the desks are assembled at dawn in record time, to disappear in the early afternoon.
Here every day the colors and sounds of the street trade recreate the atmosphere that for centuries this authentic soul citizen crossroads that slides under the "salon," that is, in the galleries of the Palazzo della RagioneFormer seat of the City courts.
A few steps away is the home to the University Anatomical Theatre oldest in the world, and the chair was that of Galileo Galilei; not far from the rivers that lead to the Observatory, is situated Astronomical Observatory now home to a museum.
Padua is also a city full of parks and green areas: some are historical places to visit, such as Arena gardens, Which also house the remains of the Roman arena, or Park de Treves' BonfiliA fine example of English garden designed by Giuseppe Jappelli in the first half of the nineteenth century.
The municipal rose garden runs along the "bastion of Santa Giustina" in the scenario of the sixteenth-century walls, while along its banks is the Garden of the Righteous of the World, In memory of those who opposed the genocide.
It is not a park, but a real "natural monument" Botanical Garden (College students can visit it for free) hosting 6.000 plants and retains the charm that bewitched Goethe.
Prato della Valle, One of the largest squares in Europe, home to more green area open to the public: Memmia island which with its 20.000 square meters makes a beautiful setting for walks, but also to events and concerts.
The excursions outside the city leading to the "Colli Euganei" and along the water routes from Padua arriving in Venice, in a landscape marked by palaces, villas and gardens designed by great architects such as Palladio.
The "Hills" are the seat of a regional nature park with a flora and fauna very different.
At their feet Arquà Petrarca, a medieval village, home to the house that Francesco Petrarca chose to spend the last years of his life.
Moving away meet Monselice, Este (site of an important archaeological museum) and Montagnana, ancient settlements that retain their charm of fortified cities.
Padua, The "cradle of the arts" by Shakespeare, is a big university town: the bikes of the students who pass through it every day are the engine of a land forever suspended between the ancient and the modern.
Arrive, orientate, move
air: The nearest airports are Venice and Treviso, both reachable from Padua with bus or taxi service at fixed rates.
Train: The train station is reached by most of the city buses.
Car: Padua is located at the intersection of A4 Torino - Trieste motorway (exit: Padova Ovest and Padova Est) and A13 Bologna - Padua (tollbooths: South Padua and Padua Industrial Zone).
Suburban bus: Transports in the province are mainly operated by SITA.
The bus terminal is in Padua next to the train station.
A line leads to Agripolis, the university center of Legnaro.
Buses and trams: The service in the city is operated by APS Mobility.
a transportation service by appointment (Mon - Fri -7 19, 840.001.055) is provided for the disabled.
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