An ancient city, the cradle of universities and businesses, which has always had a particular focus on art, culture and science. A city to discover on foot, by bike, slowly and with curiosity. A city that has many attractors often little known: because beyond the Scrovegni Chapel, where one of his masterpieces was painted, few know all the museums, gardens, churches, monuments that Padova offers. That’s why starting his discovery can be a pleasant surprise.
One of the most famous medieval fresco cycles in the world is the one that decorates the Scrovegni Chapel. To realize it was Giotto, in 1305, commissioned by the noble Patavian Enrico Scrovegni, who wanted to be buried there.
There is Piazza delle Erbe, the commercial hub of the city, home to the fruit and vegetable market and flanked by the beautiful Palazzo del Municipio. Then there is Piazza dei Signori, with the Palazzo del Capitanio: its clock, first in Italy, indicates the hours of the sun, the months, the sun around the zodiac, the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets. And then Prato della Valle, a magnificent triangular square that until 1775 was an unhealthy swamp: thanks to the administrator of the Serenissima, Andrea Memmo became a large ovoid garden surrounded by a canal and a series of statues of famous people. It is said to be the largest square in Europe.
Founded in 1545, the Botanical Garden of Padua is the oldest in the world and one of the most important. In recent years it has been renewed thanks to a futuristic space that updates the way of making and living botany, combining technology, research and entertainment: the beautiful glass case, one hundred meters long and 18 meters high, is home to over a thousand plants.