9 Reasons Why You Must Visit Padua!
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Padua is the city with one of the oldest universities in the world from 1222, whereGalileo Galilei held the chair of mathematics. The University of Padua is the first university to award diplomas to women. In addition, the university is also the first anatomy school in the world.
The so-called “Orto Botanico” has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the oldest botanical garden in the world dating back to 1545. It was founded by a group of medical students who bred a number of rare plants to study their medicinal properties.
Pedrochi / Pedrocchi is the most famous cafe in Padua and one of the largest in the world, it is called “Café without Doors” because the door and windows are always open during the day and night too. Appearing more like a palace than a coffeehouse, the historical Cafe Pedrocchi of Padua has served many famous literary and political figures since its founding in 1831. It is also famous for its unusual tasty pies.
At the University of Padua, where Nicholas Copernicus had studied around the year 1500, professors at that time had to pay ten lire in penalties if less than six students attended one of their lectures.
The Saint of Padua is Saint Anthony, but the locals simply refer to him as El Santo (“The Saint”). Nobody there will say let’s go to the Basilica of Saint Anthony, instead they say let’s go to the “El Santo”, this is where the saying “Saint without a name” comes from. The beautiful basilica is the most important building you should visit in Padua that combines both Romanesque and Gothic elements.
Legend has it that the Trojan hero Antenor founded the city of Padua in 1184 BC.
The Prato della Valle or as the locals simply call it the Prato, is the second-largest square in Europe after the Red Square in Moscow. Prato means field, but there’s not much grass on it, thus, it is not a proper field. However, local people call it “prato” and not “piazza” (square). From the square you get a nice view of the Basilica of Santa Guistina, it’s a very romantic place, where it’s worth spending some time while visiting.
Italy is visited by more than 50 million tourists a year. An Italian drinks an average of 100 liters of wine a year. So if you want to go to Italy Padua will be waiting for you with its great wine! In the hills Colli Euganei close to Padua is famous for the Moscato fior d’arancio production, a sparkling dessert wine.
Padua is a budget destination unlike many cities in Italy, the city of Padua does not yet have a sophisticated tourism landscape. To attract more visitors, there are many incentives for travelers as well as affordable hotels.