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Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, Padua is a city deserving an entire day’s sightseeing. Among the list of things to do, top sights include the Scrovegni Chapel, Giotto’s masterpiece, but also the famous Church of Sant’Antonio, a pilgrimage site and the burial place of St.Anthony of Padua (1193–1231).
The city is also home to the oldest botanical gardens in the world, planted in 1545 by Padua’s University medical faculty to study the medicinal properties of rare plants. A new area dedicated to bio-diversity was also recently added, opening up new prospects for the future.
LOCAL SPECIALITIES: WHERE TO TRY THEM
In terms of gastronomy, local specialties include a variety of cold cuts andthe city’s signature ‘gallina padovana’ which you can taste at the Ai Navigli restaurant in Via Riviera Tiso, 11.
La Folperia in Piazza della Frutta is an absolute must for an aperitivo. It’sa simple kiosk selling local fish specialties and the king of street food par excellence.
In-town top destinations:
The Church of Sant’Antonio
The oldest bothanical garden in the world
City of Abano Terme and its thermal centres
City of Montegrotto Terme and its thermal centres