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Visit one of the oldest cities in northern Italy, known for its arcaded streets, piazzas, water channels and gorgeous architecture.

Although its channels, skyline and moats make Padova appear similar to Venice, explore the interior parts of the city and you will easily appreciate why it is unique. Buy fresh pasta and cheese from a vendor at the Palazzo della Ragione. Walk among ruins of the Roman Arena. See as much of Padova as you can in a daytrip or stay for a month.

Variously ruled by Romans, Franks, Venetians and Austrians, Padova has developed its own special blend of beauty. Its handsome architecture and the University of Padua have made it a world destination. Sights such as St. Anthony’s Basilica attract millions each year for religious and other reasons. Visit this cathedral to see the statues and crucifix by Donatello.

Walk slowly through the Prato della Valle. At over 900,000 square feet (83,600 square meters), this is one of Europe’s largest public squares. Tour the sculptures that flank the canal winding through the square. To see a fascinating memorial, turn into the Martyrs’ Hallway at the Santa Giustina Basilica, which stands over the square.

Complete your trip to Padova by visiting the Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico). The variety of plant species and arrangements and architecture here are worth hours of peaceful roaming. Inhale the sweet fragrance of one of the oldest academic botanical gardens in the world.

The sights in Padova’s historic center are within walking distance of each other. Take the APS Mobilità’s tram and bus service for trips outside the historic center. Find a bike to rent, as Padova is especially flat and easy to bike. Avoid driving, however, because traffic jams are frequent and a number of sightseeing areas prohibit cars.

Find many hotels, hostels and remarkable restaurants around Padova’s historic center. With so much to do, and with such proximity to Venice, take your time exploring Padova, one of Europe’s most delightful cities.

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