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Padua

Padua is an overlooked city only thirty minutes by train from Venice.  We spent two nights (equaling one full day) in Padua, as a stopover between Milan and Venice.  If Christian didn’t recommend us visiting this city as part of our tour of Italy, we would have definitely missed this gem!  It is a small but beautiful university town, not visited by many tourists. 

The historical city center can be found at the Piazza delle Erbe & Piazza della Frutta.  Most days of the week you can find markets in the squares. 

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Not far is Piazza dei Signori.

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A view of the Duomo di Padova.

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Running around half the city center is the Canale Piovego.

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The Prato della Valle is the largest elliptical square in Europe.  Surrounding the fountain are statutes and a waterway.  When we visited there were a few booths set up selling books, jewelry and antiques. 

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Facing the Prato della Valle is the Basilica of Sant Giustina.  An abbey is attached to the church.  We walked around the church but couldn’t find the entrance!

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We visited the Basilica di Sant’Antonio.  A church named after the patron saint.  Inside the church walls are peaceful cloisters.. 

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A few more photos from our walk through Padua.  Such a pretty town!

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