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  • Day70

    Padua-Back in Italy

    August 26, 2017 in Italy

    After leaving Bohinj we had the most amazing and beautiful drive through the Alps and villages on our way back into Italy. Apart from the wonderful scenery Al did an amazing drive up and down narrow mountain roads with hair pin turns all the way for a few hours, but what a view! We overnighted in Padua before driving on to drop the car in Milan and then to catch the train to Venice. Padua is certainly a city of many, many massive churches.Read more

  • Day81

    Padua (Padova)

    August 26, 2017 in Italy

    Padova was a surprise package for me. I didn't know anything about it and chose it for convenience to break our journey from Bohinj (Slovenia) to Milan where we drop off the car. It is a lively town with long streets of shops and restaurants and some with the longest rows of arches bordering the shops, beautiful old buildings and two of the biggest churches I have seen, Basilica of St Anthony and Abbey of Santa Giustina - massive! All the action seemed to be happening around the Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe. The square is a large space with a green island at the center, surrounded by a small canal, bordered by two rings of large statues and has four Rialto-type bridges over the canal. Impressive! There were markets in front of the square selling all types of clothing and souvenirs.Read more

  • Day207

    Day 208: Vicenza via Padua

    September 10, 2017 in Italy

    Packed up and hit the road, heading eastwards again on the last phase of our road trip across northern Italy. First destination was the small city of Padua (or Padova in Italian), where they have the world's oldest botanic garden, founded in 1545. Found a park with a bit of difficulty (lots of one-way streets and trams to worry about), then headed over to the gardens.

    Quite interesting, as the intention was to categorise the entire plant kingdom. They'd done this by category, eg medicinal plants, herbs, poisonous plants etc. I think the attempts pre-date later taxonomy work that we're more familiar with. There was also a palm tree from the 1580s that had inspired Goethe in some of his scientific work (related to the structure of leaves and how they were basically structured in the same way regardless of plant, so they must have a common ancestor). Something a bit different for a UNESCO site, but it was fairly small and the weather wasn't great so we didn't stay too long.

    By now it was around 2pm and raining fairly heavily, so we didn't particularly feel like searching for somewhere specific to eat, particularly since we weren't in the centre of town and didn't really need to stay in Padua anyway. So in the end we opted for Maccas. Annoyingly the restaurant we went to didn't have self-service touchscreens for ordering (a first on this trip!), and the menu didn't have any special localised options either unlike basically everywhere else, so it was regular menu items all the way down. After the pantomime of ordering, of course.

    Back in the car where we drove north-west to Vicenza, where we'll spend the next two nights. Our apartment was available from 3pm so we checked in basically at that time. It's a single-bedroom apartment, obviously someone's home and so it feels very cluttered. Kitchen stinks as well, because there's two mouldy sponges sitting in the sink and soaking wet. Plus the dregs of coffee in the filter machine - gross. At least it was cheap!

    We spent the rest of the day staying in and working, as it'll be another busy one tomorrow.
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  • Day1

    Padova

    October 6, 2016 in Italy

    Padua war über Jahrhunderte und ist auch heute noch geprägt von den zwei mächtigsten Institutionen der Stadt: der 1222 gegründeten, traditionsreichen Universität und von der fast ebenso alten Basilika des hl. Antonius. Die Universität war seit ihrer Gründung ein Ort der Liberalität und der freien Forschung, sie genoss von Anfang an einen hohen internationalen Ruf. Hier unterrichtete auch Galileo. Heute gehört die Universität Padua mit etwa 70.000 Studenten zu den wichtigsten Italiens.Read more

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