Five reasons to visit Padua
With a close neighbour like Venice it is hard not to be overshadowed, but Padua (Padova) is a beauty in its own right. Here are five good reasons to visit Padua.
1. Seek Relief from the Crowds of Venice
Compared to the crowds of Venice it is a relief to visit Padua in Veneto and walk around the historic centre without getting entangled in guided groups of tourists. There are even a couple of canals and an elliptical ditch guarded by hundreds of students and 78 statues portraying famous citizens in Prato delle Valle.
3. Pay Tribute to the Patron Saint of Travelers
American Indians, Brazilians, and Portuguese have a special reason to visit. Along with elderly, poor and oppressed people; pregnant women and people suffering from bareness and sterility, horses, swineherds, and mariners; shipwrecks, travelers; air hostesses and seekers of lost articles. Their patron Saint Anthony of Padua still works miracles from the inner sanctum of the Basilica.
4. Enjoy the Genius of Giotto
Art buffs will enjoy a privileged visit to the Scrovegni Chapel where Giotto’s frescos and a historic kiss can be admired in small groups after 15 minutes’ acclimatization in an airlocked vault. Tickets can only be booked in advance.