Located in Veneto, Northern Italy and only 40 kilometers away from the famous city of Venice and 80 kilometers from Verona, why not spend your next Italian holiday home vacation in a Padua apartment or villa Padova? A picturesque city, located on the winding Bacchiglione River, you're bound to enjoy a relaxing break here. With a population of approximately 214,000, Padua (or Italian: Padova) is small enough to explore and feel at home in, yet big enough to offer plenty of different activities for you to try your hand at. In order to get your bearings in this pretty little city, we recommend embarking on a walking tour. Organised by locals with pick-up points close to most of our Padua apartments and Padova accommodation, these tours provide an excellent way to get to know the city and to see all of the sights. If you prefer to take things at your own pace, simply follow our handy Padua tips and enjoy discovering all that Padua has to offer in your own time.
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The history of Padua is truly vast, encompassing many important historical eras. A walk through the town centre will reveal remnants of Roman rule, Frankish history, Medieval Italian influences, Austrian artefacts and even more modern memories, including Italy's role within World War Two. Architecture fans will enjoy witnessing a historical timeline which unfolds and takes its form through the many different building styles on display throughout the city, whereas historians will no doubt be more interested in the reasons behind them. A trip to a museum will provide more detailed information about Padua's impressive architecture, but if that's not your thing, there's no need to worry – the buildings tell their own story. The Scrovegni Chapel, Padua's most famous attraction, combines both Medieval history with Roman ruins, making it a must-see. Stood on the sight of a Roman arena, the building was commissioned by Enrico degli Scrovegni in the 11th century as was completed by Giotto in 1305. The exterior is certainly stunning, but it is the treasure contained within its four walls that attracts the most visitors. A veritable artistic mecca is contained within the ornate walls of the Scrovegni Chapel. Within the climate controlled, pressurized and airlocked vault (a claustrophobes nightmare!) is the most important fresco cycle the world has seen. Brilliantly preserved, no doubt due to the high-tech security measures in place, this fresco cycle detailing the life and times of the Virgin Mary has to be seen to be believed. Fans of frescoes should also head to the Palazzo della Ragione, whose walls are covered in allegorical paintings that are more than enough to get the grey matter working.
More places to see around Padova:
- Lush Trentino-Alto-Adige with its famous city Bolzano
- Lake Garda and the popular historic sights in Sirmione
The probably most famous beach town in Italy: Rimini
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To be sure, art fans will be in their element in Padua with iconic Renaissance painting and sculptures to be found seemingly around every corner. Religious buildings are a great place to discover the masterpieces of Padua. The Cathedral in Padua's centre, for example, was remodelled according to Michaelangelo's designs and contains many beautiful paintings within its impressive walls. The town squares too have many delights in store – the piazza by the Basilica di Sant'Antonio da Padova is home to Donatello's tribute to General Gattamelata, a vast, bronze-cast equine statue – one of the first of its kind. Padua is also notable for its vast array of noble villas, the majority of which were designed and built according to classic artistic principles during the 17th century. The Villa Molin is a particularly stunning residence in a beautiful canal-side location. Decorated with columns and yet more of those famous frescoes, if these villas have given you a taste for the more decadent side of life, why not upgrade your Padua accommodation to a villa Padova? Whilst we can't guarantee that there will be a Renaissance masterpiece in the living room, we can offer comfort, great designs and even better locations. With all you could possibly need to enjoy the perfect North Italian holiday, book a beautiful villa Padova or one of our Padua apartments now to avoid disappointment.