Padova is at about 80 km of distance from Porto Levante and easily reachable. This city is worldwide known as the “City of the Saint” because of its strict relation with the life of Saint Anthony and the Basilica of the Saint is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. It was built after the Saint’s death and it houses his tomb and famous relics.
Between Piazza della Frutta and Piazza delle Erbe, there’s the centre of the city, characterized by narrow streets and many small galleries and bars where it’s nice to enjoy the nightlife and try the typical “spritz”.
Padova is a mix between the sacred and the profane and we suggest the visit to enjoy this strong contrast.
Besides the Saint Anthony’s Cathedral, we recommend a visit to Scrovegni’s Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni). The Chapel is located near the city center and the famous walls and ceilings are covered in frescos by Giotto. A must-see for all art and history fans.
Also, with her 90.000 square meters, Prato della Valle is the second biggest square in Europe and surely one of the most beautiful ones; on Saturdays the square hosts a very typical market.
If your stay in Padova is no longer than one day, you’ll want to have a coffee in one of the most important historical cafés in Italy, Caffè Pedrocchi.
Founded in 1772, its rooms were decorated in different styles, arranged and renewed in different eras and so with multiple styles.