Padua is a city and comune in the Veneto, northern Italy. Padua stands on the Bacchiglione River, 40 km west of Venice and 29 km southeast of Vicenza. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.
The Scrovegni Chapel is Padua's most famous sight. It houses a remarkable cycle of frescoes completed in 1305 by Giotto. The fresco cycle details the life of the Virgin Mary and has been acknowledged by many to be one of the most important fresco cycles in the world. Saint Anthony's Basilica is also one of the many well known tourist site in Padova - millions of pilgrims visit every year. Built immediately after "The Saint's" death in the 1200s, it houses his tomb and notable relics.
Things to See & Do
* St. Anthony’s Cathedral
* Piazza del Santo
* Prato della Valle – biggest square in Europe
* Scrovegni Chapel
* Piazza della Ragione
Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – Italian
Land Area – 92.85 km²
Population – 214,130 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 39
Port Location – The river port at Padua is located on the Bacchiglione River.
Travel Links - Padova is a central railway node in the Veneto area. Many lines converge into the city central station, notably from Venizia, Bologna, Milano and Castelfranco. All kinds of trains pass through Padova: Eurostar, InterCity, EuroCity, InterRegionale, Regionale, InterCityNight, EuroNight, Espresso.
Padova has its own airport for private planes, but with no direct commercial connections. However, three international airports are conveniently located nearby Venezia Marco Polo, Treviso and Verona Valerio Catullo.