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Best Historic Locations in Padua

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Together, with the Basilica di Sant'Antonio, Palazzo della Ragione is a symbol of the city. Built in 1288, it is called the Salone, or lounge, because of its large room with its wooden vaulted ceiling (destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries), making it the largest undivided hall in the world. The piazza and the bustling daily market are dominated by its loggia. It was a real layman's center in the city. Justice was carried out in the upper rooms, adorned with frescoes of astrological depictions (perhaps even by Giotto). If the sentence was serious, the accused would be taken to one of the local prisons. The building also houses a large wooden horse that Annibale Capodilista had made for a merry-go-round and then donated to the city. On the ground floor, traditional commercial activities took place, as they still do today.

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.

Home to the university since the 16th Century, the building dates back to the same time, and was then renovated in the 20th Century. The best preserved area is the interior courtyard, with its porticoes decorated with coats of arms of the noble families, to which the students belonged. It housed the first anatomical theater in the world (1594) and the desk of Galileo Galilei, teacher of mathematics. Hours vary as per season.

This castle has a long history and above all it has been used for different purposes during the centuries. Has been builded at the base of a mountain.Has been aouse than a castle then a villa veneta and during the ages the structure has been enriched with the Torre Ezzeliniana that has been used for defensive purposes. In 1981 the property passes in the hand of the Regione Veneto that creates various museums and a library.

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.

The house has been builded around 1200 and donated to the poet Petrarca who assisted to the work of restauration. The result has been a beautiful house divide into two levels, one for Petrarca and his family and one for the servants. From 1875 onward is property of the city of Padua that organizes guided tours through the old studio of the poet, with original chair and bookcase and the mummy of Petrarca's cat. To not miss the beautiful garden that surrounds the house.

The foundation takes its name from an old senator who decided philantropically to leave his property for the benefit of the community. The foundation includes the Villa Breda, that hosts temporal exhibitions and a permanent collection of artistic object and a park of 75.000 mq where are still raised horses. The foundation offer assistance for old people, disabled and a primary school for 150 children.

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