Home to the second-oldest university in Italy, Padua manages to be both lively and historic. Wander under endless sidewalk porticoes, visit Saint Anthony's basilica, see Mantegna's frescoes at the Church of the Eremitani, and notice the city's original walls. Take advantage of the 48- and 72-hour Padova card for discounts on monuments, attractions, public transit, and even parking.
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- Art and Culture
- Giotto's masterful and evocative frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel are said to mark the inception of Renaissance art. Visits are time-limited and must be booked in advance.
- The massive Byzantine-Romanesque-Gothic Basilica di Sant'Antonio, completed in 1310, features works by Donatello and Sansovino.
- Visit the Piazza delle Erbe and the Piazza delle Frutta in the morning for their colorful markets, and in late afternoon to mingle with locals, students, and other visitors for an aperitivo, a snack, and a chat.
- Sample wines from the nearby Colli Euganei, little known outside the region but a perfect accompaniment to local cheese and prosciutto.