This basilica, the most important of the city, has been dedicated to main saint of Padua, San Antonio. It was built 8 centuries ago and from then on, it became one of the most important spiritual places of the Christian world. Antonio chose Padua as his permanent home in the period in which he was travelling all over Italy. The church is owned by the Vatican and it houses the tongue of the saint, an important holy relic.
One of the most prominent squares in Padua is Piazza dei Signori. Surrounded by medieval houses on all sides, this rectangular Piazza provides great insight into the Renaissance era architecture. However, the main attraction here is the clock tower, which can be called the crowning jewel of this famous square.
Within the old Hospital of San Francesco lies a unique museum, dedicated to medical science. Museum of the History of Medicine of Padua or MUSME in short, showcases through its exhibits the history of medical practices that were used back when the hospital was still functional. Highly informative, the exhibits are also closely linked to the University of Padua.
Prato della Valle is a square located in the city of Padova, Italy. Spread over a vast area of 90,000 meters (2,95,276 foot), the oval shaped square is the largest in the country. The square came into existence in the year 1635, when a temporary theater was built here. Thereafter, in the year 1775, the entire area was re-constructed to give the square it's current appearance. The square is beautifully designed with an island of grass in the center, surrounded by a ring of water. A total of 78 statues are placed at each side of the water ring. Today, the square forms an ideal meeting place with large number of people visiting the square to take a walk, skate or study. Festivals too are celebrated at the square.
Located in Piazza Hermits, the Museo Civico agli Eremitani is a museum complex, which houses a number of museums withing its premises. On the first floor lies the Museo d'Arte Medievale e Moderna with rich collections of glass, ceramic and decorative arts describing artifacts in Padua. On the next floor one can find the Museum Bottacin which has collections of old coins from Europe. The third floor houses a collection of antique weapons, storage spaces, paintings and medals from the 19th Century. The Museo Civico agli Eremitani also houses the Palazzo della Ragione, the Museum of the Risorgimento and the Health Pedrocchi. A great place to witness the tradition and culture of Italy and the Roman Empire, a visit to the Museo Civico agli Eremitani is surely an enriching experience.
Palazzo Zuckermann is one of the most famous palaces in the city of Padua. It was built during the years 1912 and 1914, in an era which demanded a new urban planning of the city, in order to give the city a more monumental aspect. The name comes from the last name of the man who commissioned the structure, in a XIXth century style, with a liberty front, and it hosts in its courtyard the old walls of the city. Nowadays it is the seat of two museums: the Museo Bottacin and the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts.
Antenore, originally from Troya, following the legend, has been the founder of the city of Padua and is supposed that in this typical middle age tumb, are kepted his rests. The rest were discovered in 1274 and 1283 has been builded the monument to host them. In 1984 thanks to the scientific progress has been determined that the rest are probably the ones of an hungarian soldier dead during the invasions of the XI century, but the city is still loves it like the tumb of the ancestor.
The gallery is dedicated to the promotion and diffusion of young talents in the contemporary sculpture and paintings. Is also well provided of designer's pieces. Each week there is a new vernissage and is it strongly involved in all the most important art fairs in the world. Through the web site is possible to accede to the pieces on sale, all provided with certificates of authenticity.
This museum is dedicated to the study of the science of education, that already at the end of the XIX century was gaininig importance in teh University of Padua. The museum counts on a very extensive archive of documents and texts dedicated to this discipline but also toys, furnitures that were used in the schools. It hosts frequently seminars and conferences and it partipates to the ones organized all over Italy. It's open for guided tours for school and public in general.
This monument has been created by the artist Giovan Battista della Scalain 1632, celebrating the captain of Venice, Alvise Vallaresso who during the thirties of the XVIIth century so much helepd the people of Padua during the epidemy of plague.