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Walk in Padua created by Villa Orange

6,5 km walk in Padua

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Park Piazza Rabin
Villa Orange:1. Parking place for car and starting point of a 6,5 km city walk in Padova. Follow from 1-18 for the city walk of 6,5 km.
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Prato della Valle
Villa Orange:2. Prato della Valle is one of the largest squares in Europe. The square has a central island with a fountain in the middle and is surrounded by a canal. It is surrounded by 78 statues of illustrious people from Padua. On the lawn in the heart of the square, students are reading in the sun and tourists are starting a city walk.
Villa Orange:3. Grocery store Drogheria Preti has been around since 1936. You can really buy everything, for example dried and candied fruits, more than hundreds of spices, barena honey (barena are flowers in the Laguna near Venice), salt- wood powder from Calabria, quality chocolate and extracts for liqueur preparation.
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Università degli Studi di Padova, Orto botanico
Villa Orange:4. The Orto Botanica (Botanical Garden) was founded in 1545 by the University of Padua. You will find here around six thousand medicinal, poisonous, exotic and rare plants.
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The Basilica of St. Anthony
Villa Orange:5. The impressive Basilica di Sant'Antonio consists of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic architectural styles. Here are the remains of the famous Portuguese monk Sant’Antonio, the patron saint of the poor and the sick. The monk spent a large part of his life in Padua and died there. The basilica, and in particular the tomb of Sant’Antonio, is a popular destination for devout pilgrims. The arch of green marble above his tomb is touched by many believers every day; maybe it brings good luck? Weird detail; the relics are the jawbone, the vocal cords and the tongue of Sant’Antonio.
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Villa Orange:6. Musme Museum is an interesting museum about the history of medicine with a lot of content in digital format. The museum shows the extraordinary journey of Medicine, from ancient discipline to modern science, with attention for the history of Padua’s Medical School.
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Tomb of Anthenor
Villa Orange:7. On Piazza Antenore is the Tomba di Antenore (the tomb of Antenore). According to legend, Antenore comes from Troy and consulted an oracle that predicted the creation of a large and rich city.
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Bo Palace
Villa Orange:8. The foundation of the university in 1222 was of great importance for the city, it was the second university on Italy. Very prominent scientists, including Newton and Galileo Galilei, have taught at the university and their name plates still hang on the walls of the courtyard of the Palazzo del Bo. The students contribute to the pleasant, vibrant character of Padua. Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia was the first venetian woman that graduated in philosophy.
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Pedrocchi Café
Villa Orange:9. A real must is Caffè Pedrocchi, one of the most famous historic cafés in Italy, which used to be called 'caffè senza porte' bar without doors, because it was open day and night. Caffè Pedrocchi played an important role in the revolt against the Austrian occupiers in 1848 and has always been a meeting place for intellectuals. Nowadays there is a cultural atmosphere in the café with concerts, exhibitions and literary events. You should try their special Pedrocchi coffee with whipped cream and mint!
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Church of the Eremitani
Villa Orange:10.
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Teatro Stabile del Veneto - Teatro Verdi
Villa Orange:11. The theater opened in 1751 as an opera house, after twenty years there were also theater performances. Almost a century after its construction it underwent a complete renovation. The theater was reopened again in June 1847. This was the occasion to rename the theater, dedicating it to the maestro Giuseppe Verdi: Teatro Verdi. The theater was heavily damaged by bombs during the First World War but already at the end of 1920 the Verdi Theater was able to open again.
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Scrovegni Chapel
Villa Orange:12. The Cappella degli Scrovegni has breath-taking frescoes, painted by Giotto. It is the most complete series of frescoes by this famous Tuscan master and are truly impressive. You must book a visit well in advance and you can enter 15 minutes. In the Museo Civico degli Eremitani that is located on the same site, you can admire masterpieces by Giotto, Titian and Tintoretto.
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Battistero di San Giovanni Battista
Villa Orange:13. The Battistero di San Giovanni, the baptistery, is very impressive. Between 1375 and 1378 the entire chapel was decorated with episodes from the Old and New Testament. High in the dome is an image of Christ Pantocrator ("ruler of everything") surrounded by angels.
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Torre dell'Orologio, Padua
Villa Orange:14. The Torre dell’Orologio, bell tower, on Piazza dei Signori was built in 1344. The height is 30 m and there are 5 floors. The first 3 floors for parts of the clock mechanism and the other 2 floors the residence of the watchmaker / security guard / maintenance man. The dial of the clock has a round shape, the numbers of the hours are in Roman characters, the stars in copper and the zodiac symbols in relief. Central is the planet earth. All constellations are finished with pure gold leaf.
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Piazza dei Signori
Villa Orange:15. Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori, squares where picturesque markets are held every morning for more than thousand years. In the evening, the squares are primarily the backdrop for people who enjoy a spritz (prosecco, water and Aperol or Campari).
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Ragione Palace
Villa Orange:16. The medieval town hall Palazzo della Ragione (1219) has an entrance hall of 80 m long, 27 m wide and 40 m high. The huge roof is not supported by pillars, very unique. The view over the square is beautiful. There are a number of unique things to see including Pietra del Vituperio, a huge horse and 500 frescoes. The "Pietra del Vituperio", stone of misconduct, was a type of stone where people with debts had to sit in their underwear in the presence of at least hundred people. They had to sit on the stone three times and repeat "cedo bonis" (I give up my possessions) and then they had to leave the city. If they decided to come back, they had to sit on the Pietra del Vituperio again three buckets of water were thrown over them. In Palazzo della Ragione is also a huge wooden horse that was donated to the municipality in 1837 by the Capodilista family, who had it built in 1466 for a merry-go-round. Palazzo della Ragione is decorated with around 500 frescoes. The painter Giotto had decorated
Image - Sotto Salone Piazza Delle Erbe
Sotto Salone Piazza Delle Erbe
Villa Orange:17. The Sottosalone is on the ground floor of Palazzo della Ragione; more than 50 shops where cheese, ham, meat, fish, wine, fruit and vegetables have been sold since the Middle Ages.
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Ghetto di Padova
Villa Orange:18. The medieval heart is the Ghetto, Jewish neighbourhood, a labyrinth of narrow streets. The first Jews settled in Padua in the twelfth century, but from the fourteenth century onwards, the community grew and developed, thanks in part to the university which, unlike everyone else in Italy and in Europe, has always accepted students of every religion. Trade has determined life here and even now you will find many shops. The neighbourhood owes its charm to the contrast between narrow streets and the grandeur of the houses.
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  1. Park Piazza Rabin
  2. Prato della Valle
  4. Università degli Studi di Padova, Orto botanico
  5. The Basilica of St. Anthony
  6. MUSME
  7. Tomb of Anthenor
  8. Bo Palace
  9. Pedrocchi Café
  10. Church of the Eremitani
  11. Teatro Stabile del Veneto - Teatro Verdi
  12. Scrovegni Chapel
  13. Battistero di San Giovanni Battista
  14. Torre dell'Orologio, Padua
  15. Piazza dei Signori
  16. Ragione Palace
  17. Sotto Salone Piazza Delle Erbe
  18. Ghetto di Padova

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