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More than 3000 years ago, in the north of Italy, this old, vibrant town was founded.<br>Having been surrounded by various natural and cultural attractions such as the Euganean Springs, the Euganean Hills, the medieval defensive walls, castles, villas and many more, it shows how rich with treasures this land is.<br>Padua was also an important scientific center witnessed by almost 800 years old University within which is the oldest botanical garden in Europe, a garden that found its place on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites in Europe.<br>Experience this fascinating mix of art, culture, flavors and traditions, by visiting Padua.
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Jean-Paul B wrote a review Sep 2020
Loule, Portugal48 contributions43 helpful votes
Impressive room by its size, beautiful frescos and of course the gigantic horse statue. Very enjoyable to visit and take pictures since there was almost no tourists due to the Covid.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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periandro wrote a review Apr 2020
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,381 contributions293 helpful votes
Upon arriving at Piazza delle Erbe walking along the Via Municipio, leaving behind the Università degli Studi di Padova and the Palazzo Moroni (Padova town Hall) one is startled at the sight of such a magnificent building as the Palazzo della Ragine whose beauty and size are really impressive. The contemplation from the stated square particularly of the covered gallery arcade on the first storey and the nice balustrade on which it rests is an unforgettable experience. That arcade supports the upper architectural structure. From the gallery it's possible to watch a part of the Town Hall itself and other nice buildings as well as of course the Piazza delle Erbe itself. The latter is a lively point in the city especially when there is an open air market. Pacing up and down the said gallery is a rather pleasant exrecice as well as a relaxing and appeasing one especially in hot weather. The interior is stunning due to its size and beauty. The fresco mural paintings all over the walls are very interesting and attractive. It's a fantastic work somehow described hereunder which should be beheld in a pleasant condition and a spiritual way thus examining it attentively. Il Palazzo della Ragione was the nucleus of the city life. It was built in 1218 during the time of the three communes, under the podestà Giovanni Rusconi. It stands where there was the centre of the market piazzas in the same place where once laid the Roman forum. The Palazzo was the administrative centre and the seat of the law courts. It was the landmark of the city particularly on account of its height. Two storeys were part of the original building dating back to 1200. The premises on each floor were respectively dedicated to the following: shops on the groundfloor, bureaus and accounting offices on the 1st floor, courts and public administration offices on the top floor. At the beginning of the fourteenth century Fra Giovanni degli Eremitani had the Palazzo enlarged through the carrying out of the ship-keel vaulted roof and two inner loggias. The building included mural paintings by Giotto based upon works by the Paduan philosopher Pietro d'Abano, but unfortunately all that was destroyed by a fire having taken place in 1420. New frescoes were painted by Nicolò Miretto and Stefano da Ferrara in the thirties of the fifteenth century. These are, as pointed out above, all over the walls of the grand Salone organised in three strips: above, the painted animals indicate the location of the different courts. The 333 rectangles depict the twelve month - each one of them with a patron saint -, the horoscopes, the constellations, the activities typically performed in each season, and the relevant features of the ones born under every zodiac sign. In their acts men had to abide by the cosmological systems and justice. The day I visited the Palazzo, as stated above, it housed an exhibition dedicated to the architect Aldo Rossi who had studied architecture in the fifties of the 20th century at the Politecnico di Milano. The Palazzo della Ragione is well worth a visit while in Padova. It's an architectural jewel which one could regret to miss.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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rfsmith wrote a review Dec 2019
portage, in49 contributions4 helpful votes
This building is well worth a visit when in Padua. It is huge with many stories about how it was used. Of course, I was with a guide so got to hear the stories.
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Date of experience: October 2019
ncm1965 wrote a review Nov 2019
Hitchin, United Kingdom311 contributions96 helpful votes
We were in Padova for only a few days, staying in a hotel. Had we been staying longer and self catering, we would have spent loads. A beautiful building housing a great indoor market. My mouth is watering thinking about all the food goodies it contains!
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Date of experience: November 2019
Stephen S wrote a review Nov 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia29 contributions6 helpful votes
Beautifully restored right in the centre of a bustling and vibrant market not open Monday’s breathtaking large frescoed hall above most unusual
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Date of experience: November 2019
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