An adventure in Padova
We had an appointment at the University of Padova in the late afternoon, so we were able to spend an hour or so exploring downtown Padova. Padova is not far from Treviso ~ about a 40 minute car ride on the autostrada or in English “highway”.
A few things Padova is known for :
Padova is home to Prato della Valle, which is the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in all of Europe.
Padova claims to be the oldest city in Northern Italy.
It was founded in 1183 BC
It hosts the renowned University of Padova which is over 800 years old.
1 of 78 statues along the Prato della Valle
A beautiful building ~ Love the colors and the texture.
Another statue of a famous citizen created in the late 18th Century by none other than Andrea Memmo.
Harley, enjoying a run among one of the largest squares in Europe
We couldn’t have chosen a better day ~ just gorgeous out!
~ Prato della Valle ~
Side view of what locals simply call Il Santo ~
Donatello’s magnificent equestrian statue of the Venetian General Gattamelata aka “Honey Cat” was completed in 1450
Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padova ~ Construction began around 1232, just one year after Saint Anthony had died and was completed in 1301