Mini guide to Padova
Padova (Padua) is a walled city situated along the Bachiglione River, located
just between Verona and Venice. The city is a joy to explore on foot, and your
first stop should be the Scrovegni Chapel, home to the most complete cycle of
entirely preserved frescoes produced by Giotto.
Also worth visiting is the Palazzo della Ragione, built in 1218 by the Commune
of Padova as the seat of the Podestà and the Law Courts. The upper floor
is occupied by a single hall of exceptional dimensions, entirely frescoed with
astrological and religious subjects.
Padova is situated in the heart of Venetia and today is one of the region's
main industrial and commercial centres, with numerous international trade-fairs.
The Venetia region encompasses 18,376 square kilometres in northeastern Italy,
bordering the Gulf of Venice to the east and Austria to the north.
Starting from the early years of the 20th century, a new period of economic
growth began and was strengthened in the period between the two world wars,
making Padova the most important centre in northeastern Italy.
Padova is an excellent base from which to see the plethora of sights in the
region. Near Padova, at the foot of the Euganei hills, are the towns of Abano
and Montegrotto which are famous for their thermal waters and hot springs. Venice,
just 30 minutes from Padova, attracts millions of tourists from all over the
world with its beauty and art treasures. A gondola ride along the lovely canals
is a must.
The train is the easiest mode of transportation if you're coming from Venice,
Milan, or Bologna. Trains arrive from Venice once every 30 minutes; the trip
time is 30 minutes and costs €2.25 one way. Located just 12kms from Venice,
Marco Polo Airport is the main hub of European and national flights to the region.
It is easily accessible by land or water, and when it is occasionally blighted
by fog, airplanes land at nearby airports in Treviso or Verona.
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