Would you like to visit Padova, but you just have one or two days available?
Padova offers a wide variety of sights. If you choose to visit it, it means enjoying classic itineraries with frescoes by Giotto, historical museums, the old city center with its charming buildings and institutional headquarters. Churches and monuments give a sense of history and culture; shops, markets and the locals, a sparkling vitality and a vibrant modern life.
As so many places are worth visiting, we decided to create this section to give some tips and ideas about points of interest and itineraries to those that have short time available, but a great desire to know.
10 things not to miss:
The Palazzo della Ragione was built in 1218 and enlarged in 1306. Until 1797 it was used as city council's assembly hall and palace of justice (hence the appelation della Ragione, meaning of reason). The upper floor, called il Salone, is a vast hall, one of the largest medieval halls of the world (mt. 81x27x27). It has a beautiful wooden ceiling and is decorated by an astounding cycle of frescoes depicting the astrological theories of Pietro d'Abano, a professor at La Sorbonne in Paris and later at Padua University in the 13th century.
In the vibrant heart of the city you will find the stunning Palazzo della Ragione (Seat of Justice), with its magnificent hanging Hall with frescoes of 15thC. At the ground floor, it houses various and picturesque typical shops located in two galleries running along the building. Here you can taste and buy typical food and wines. A sort of ancient market, normally called Sotto-Salone (Under the Hall) by the local citizens. (Photo credits: Archivio Padova Terme Euganee Convention & Visitors Bureau)
7. Spritz e cena tipica
Se si vuole conoscere fino in fondo una città è inevitabile provare i suoi piatti tipici, preparati con i prodotti genuini della terra padovana: in uno dei tanti locali del centro storico dovrete senz'altro assaggiare il rinomato bollito e altri piatti a base di carni bianche e verdure di stagione, il dolce di S. Antonio, solo per citarne alcuni.
Ma ciò che più di tutto rimarrà nei ricordi del soggiorno in questa fantastica città è lo spritz, il tipico aperitivo a base di vino prosecco, che per i padovani è indubbiamente un rito che prelude alla cena, ma è anche e soprattutto un momento di condivisione e di aggregazione, per i giovani, ma non solo...
9. A walk in the Ghetto
The borough called “Ghetto” is marked by via Barbarigo, Manin, S. Canziano, Roma and Marsala and in the past it could be reached throught the four doors located in the direction of the cardinal points. From 1603 the patavian jewel were forced to live in the ghetto and obligated to respect an evening curfew.
Near their houses, they opened shops and handicraft trades The synagogue, still used, has existed since the mid of 16thC. The area is easy to recognise thanks to its narrow streets and vertical buildings. Strolling through the streets of the Ghetto, you have to stop for some tasting in the local bars.