Padua or Padova, is a great place situated in the north of Italy and west of Venice, it is an important economic center and also an important communication center too. Padua has important archeological sites for example the Basilica of San Antonio de Padua where the Portuguese priest died and it was named in his honor.
In World War II the city was heavily raided and later on Padua was reconstructed; now you can visit some of its greatest monuments such as Prato della Valle a square from the Napoleonic era and the Cappella degli Scrovegni where Giotto‘s work is kept and those frescoes are qualified as the best work of the well-known artist. You can visit Palazzo della Ragione the capital in the Middle Ages, and many places more.
Padua is also known as one of the oldest university in the world: The University of Padua, that is, where scientists such as Galileo and William Harvey taught.
It is also known by the name of “without” because:
- The homeless ox. – Because when people dig under the university they find a skull of an ox.
- The garden without vegetables. – Because there is a center of study of plants in the university, it is so impressive that UNESCO declared it a human patrimony.
- The cathedral without end. – Because Santa Giustina Cathedral is not ended yet, because the person who was completing the project did not finish the work due to lack of founds.
- The saint without name. – Because San Antonio is just called “The Saint”.
- The meadow without herb. – It is because the Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in the world, is covered by a swamp and now there you can see the Fair of the Saint.
- The banks without water. -because the water was covered in the 50`s.
- The coffee without doors. –it is for the Caffè Pedrocch that was open every day and all the days of the week.