Padua university, art, st Anthony’s town
Padua university and art city was an important Roman site. But today we don’t find important remains of the Roman Empire. From the Middle Ages, the town develops with churches and palaces. Hence, it became a university center under the rule of the Da Carrara signory. It dates back to the 1222, just after the one of Bologna.
The Scrovegni Chapel
As an art site of the Veneto region, we can admire a masterpiece of the Italian medieval period: the Scrovegni Chapel. And Here Giotto made the frescoes of the whole interior with both Old and New Testament Bible stories. Furthermore, nearby we find the church of the hermits. Inside there are remains of frescoes that Mantegna made. It is so sad, a World War II raid of bombs destroys the rest.
Padua is the city of St Anthony. And most relevant the relics of the Saint are in the basilica. Therefore pilgrims from all over the world visit the church all year round. Hence nearby, for botany lovers (and not only), we find the first university botanic garden in Europe that dates back to 1545. As a result, it is in the World Heritage List and is a member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. At a short distance, here is the largest square in Italy, Prato Della Valle, where 78 statues surround it.
Padua university town
The historic center is of a remarkable value. For sure, worth a visit the theater of anatomy that is in the Bo university. Like also Herbs, Fruits and Gentlemen squares that are so picturesque. In the same area worth a stop the Caffé Pedrocchi, a historic site of the Risorgimento.
We suggest a professional guide to visit the town. As follow, some proposals for the day excursion in Padua: