I have the great luck to work just a brief walk from the Basilica. It's abslute a "must see" if you are in Padova. Padova is know as:
1- the city with the saint that has not the name (Saint' Anthony is called simply "the Saint" by us);
2- the city with the garden that has no grass (Prato della Valle): "prato" in italian is "garden" but instead Prato della Valle is a square;
3- the city with the Cafè without doors (Caffè Pedrocchi): that's because, during the 19th century Caffè Pedrocchi was opened 24 hours a day and so the doors were simply un-useful...
Some suggestions if you visit the Saint:
1- don't stop to have lunch in the bars around the square in front of the Basilica: they are too touristic, they have bad food and they are very expensive. Just take an espresso or a glass of wine to feel the atmosphere of the place;
2- during summer if you want a good ice-cream (not the best in town but a good one in the sourroundings) go to Friso Gelateria which is near the Casa del Pellegrino hotel in the buildings on the left watching the front of the Basilica;
3- if it is not too hot or too cold just near the Basilica there is the Botanical Garden (which is the oldest in Europe and it is a site protect by Unesco). You have to visit it if it's spring time!
Enjoy our city!
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