The Veneto and Friuli–Venezia Giulia: Places to Explore

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Padua

A romantic warren of arcaded streets, Padua has long been a major cultural center of northern Italy. Home to Italy's second-oldest university, founded in 1222, it attracted such cultural icons as Dante (1265–1321), Petrarch (1304–74), and Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), earning it the sobriquet La Dotta (The Learned). Padua's Basilica di Sant'Antonio, begun around 1238, attracts droves of pilgrims. Great artists left significant works in Padua—Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel is one of the best-known, most meticulously preserved, works of art in Italy.

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