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Padua

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Veneto  /  Province of Padua  /  Padua
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Things to do: religious sites, sightseeing, historic sites

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares). Several bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione river, which once surrounded the ancient city walls like a moat. Padua is home to an 800-year-old university where Galileo Galilei once lectured. Most of the streets in the historic town center are narrow, quiet, and often made of cobblestones. This area is not very big, so most of its main sites can be easily explored on foot. Padua is the birthplace of architect Andrea Palladio, whose elegant 16th-century villas dot the surrounding countryside. To arrange what you want to do in Padua, use our Italy trip generator.
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A convenient base for trips to and from Venice and the surrounding countryside, Padua is packed with good-value hostels and B&Bs, minutes away from the city's main tourist sites. Offering more than just simple comfort and good food, centrally located hotel chains boast numerous modern amenities, such as fitness centers. Another option in the heart of town, self-catering apartments offer secure parking and access to private yards, ideal for summer parties and quiet dinners.
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