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Padua

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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

  • Day296

    Montagnana

    April 18, 2017 in Italy

    Montagnana had a small car park solely for the use of vans. It was free to stay in and provided free services, including electricity. An overgrown grass verge separated the parking from a foot and cycle track, trees provided a sense of nature and it was a decent way away from any through road, so a quiet spot to spend a few days.

    Although there are still plenty of Italian Wall Lizards around, they are less common here than down south, but Spring has sprung and we watched blackbird chicks that were larger than their fathers, hopping around being fed and learning to find their own food.

    The town itself was surrounded completely by castellated walls of red brick. They rose above a wide but dry and grassy moat and allowed entry through any one of four gates. We always like to repay our free stays, so topped up on veg at a little grocers and bought a loaf of delicious mais bread at the bakers.

    The town centre was very well presented, it's porticoed streets litter free and in a good state of repair. Painted patterns adorned the underside of arched corridors and the spacious central square was overlooked by cafes and restaurants. All in all it was a very pleasant place to be. We were glad for the people who lived here that they had so much, but couldn't help contrasting it with the dearth of facilities and poor living conditions of others in poorer parts of the country.

    By day 2 Will had found a cycle track just half a kilometer from the van. It was a short route that led alongside a stream and and had a few ponds and outdoor gym off to the side. It wasn't stunning scenery but it was really good to just have a ride as we might have along the canals back in the UK. We sat and shared a punnet of strawberries by a pond and saw a hare and pheasant on the way back. We had a try of the fitness equipment but it just proved to us how unfit we are: the photos are a lot more complimentary than a video would have been!
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  • 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

  • Day81

    Cividale del Friuli, Italy

    August 26, 2017 in Italy

    I knew of Cividale through my job in Education Department so thought it would be a great opportunity to visit there on the way to Padova. Our GPS took us on the longest possible route - we climbed to dizzying heights through the most beautiful mountainous country but some of the most winding roads ever encountered. While Roslyn and I could enjoy the scenery, Alan wasn't able to take his eyes off the road for a second. What was incredible was the number of bicycle riders on this same mountainous road - why? - when a car can save you all that trouble...and your legs! We finally descended from the clouds and made it to Cividale. It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday lunch time until we realised that most shops don't open until around 3pm. There were, however, three weddings while we ate lunch, two right next to us! The Old Town was lovely with narrow cobbled streets, an old bridge here and there, a piazza or two, bits of the old wall still standing and many beautiful buildings. You would think we would be over these Old Towns but not yet!Read more

  • Day11

    We had a nice day which started cool but warned as we came down from the mountains we had another puncture. Then we came around lake Garda stopping for lunch at a lovely lake side restaurant. Then continued south.
    Mandy found this beautiful walled town and a b&b just outside the wall however when we got there it was closed so we ended up in a really posh hotel called Aldo Moro inside the wall. When I came in wearing jeans and carrying back packs the maitre d was very sniffy when he returned from seeing the car he couldn't do enough for us.
    We were luck to arrive on the very night the town celebrated the festival of ham as this area is know for many producers of that lovely thin sliced prosciutto so we bought tickets and joined in the fun. Tasting different hams and local wine.
    I will add more tonight as it is time to be on the road.
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  • 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

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Padova, Padua, Padoue, Padova, Pádua

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