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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.
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.
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.
Minutes away from Venice by train is the city of Padua (Padova), which is home to the Basilica of St. Anthony, the Scrovegni (or Arena) Chapel and one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. Many tourists simply go straight on to Venice or just remain in the city for their stay and seldom venture into the surrounding towns and cities of the Veneto region. Padua is very quiet and small, and is architecturally a mélange of Medieval, Renaissance, and post-1945 buildings; however, large sections were destroyed during World War II. The one day of the year when Padua is bustling with pilgrims, tourists and the curious is June 13 - the Feast Day of St. Anthony, patron saint of lost articles, animals and the poor.
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.