Padua Travel Guide
Padua Local History
Padua was founded by Antenor in the 10th century and was declared by the Romans as an official ally and Roman 'civies' in 43 B.C. The city was an asset to the Roman Republic because of its location and proximity to the city of Venice. The Venetians were one of the many different hands that held Padua; their reign lasted for 300 years. The city was liberated in 1797 and was once again under foreign rule in 1813, this time by the Austrians. On the 11th July 1866, the city was once again liberated.
Padua's most famous patron was San Antonio who was lovingly called the patron and defender of the city by its citizens. St. Anthony performed various miracles including attaching lost limbs, aiding seekers of lost things and guiding pilgrims.
St Anthony died in 1231, and the people erected a beautiful Basilica di San Antonio in his memory. The St Anthony feast is celebrated annually on the 13th of June by hundreds of pilgrims who gather to pay homage to the saint's memory.
Roberto Callegari Located at 8 Via Davila, Padua. This speciality store is the leading jewelry shop in Padua. You will find the most exquisite little trinkets and jewelry here.
Amadio Located at Galleria Pedrocchi 5, Padua. Amadio specializes in men's sportswear and household furnishings. The store has been around for more than 100 years.
Outdoor Markets Located at Palazzo della Ragione, Padua. The twin markets of Piazza delle Erbe, which sells fresh produce and Piazza della Frutta, which sells dry goods are the perfect place to stroll through and see what the locals are up to. There are some very unique and special items on sale here. This is one market that should not be missed.
Padua Parks & Gardens
The Botanic Garden of Padova Located at the University of Padova, Via Orto Botanico 15, Padua. The Botanical Gardens were founded in 1545 and is regarded as one of the oldest university gardens in the world. The first gardens in the Botanic Garden of Padova were devoted to growing medicinal plants. Many of the plants in the Botanic Garden come from all over the world, with many from countries that were connected to the Republic of Venice.
Teaching, scientific research as well as the preservation of rare and endangered species takes place at the Botanic Gardens. The Gardens are open from April to October from 9am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm daily. Entrance to the gardens is free of charge.
Padua Restaurants and Bars
Antico Brolo Located at Corso Milano 22, Padua. The Antico Brolo is one of the best restaurants in the city. The décor is out of the 16th century and resembles the Renaissance. There are tables set in the beautiful gardens and add to the romantic setting at night when the candles are lit. The food is delicious and there is an emphasis on the fresh seasonal ingredients from the area. Antico Brolo specialises in seafood dishes and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and again from 7:30pm to midnight.
Osteria Speroni Located at Via Speroni 36, Padua. Osteria Speroni is located in a 16th century building. The dining rooms are antique looking, with exposed stone. There won't be a lot of meat on the menu as the restaurant specialises in seafood. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and again from 8pm to 10:30pm.
Padua Bars & Clubs
Enoteca da Severino Located at 44 Via del Santo, Padua. Enoteca da Severino is one of the oldest wine bars in the city. The atmosphere is relaxing and there is enough to keep you amused for hours. The Enoteca da Severino is the perfect place to come 'people watching'.
Victoria Located at Via Savonarola 149, Padua. Victoria is a beer tavern, which has a great atmosphere and live jazz concerts on Thursday nights. This is a great hang out if you want to drink lots of beer and eat pizza. The crowd is fairly young and the food is inexpensive. Victoria opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm to 2am.
Disco-Bar Limbo Located at Via San Fermo 44, Pedua. The Disco-Bar Limbo has electronic games, recorded bands and the occasional live band for entertainment. The Disco-Bar Limbo is a great place for dancing and just enjoying an evening out.
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