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About Padua (Padova)


Padua University
Traditionally in Padua, when someone graduates from the University, he would wear in a performance costume like cos-play and celebrate with friends shouting "Dottore! Dottore!". This voice is a proof that everyone is celebrating a new Bachelor.

Padua is close to Venice so it's useful!

Padua is situated at a very convenient point. It takes 30 minutes by train from the lagoon city of Venice, and also from Ferrara, Verona and Bologna. Padua is full of interesting sight seeings. The Medieval portico (colonade) characterizes the city, the streets is full of lively atmosphere.

Cultural and economic center of Padua

Close to Venice, ancient Padua was the center of culture and economy in the heart of the Venetian region . In the 9th century BC here had been an important center of Roman empire and called the second "richest city" to Rome.

Between the 13th and 14th century Padua flourished by free trade. The University of Padua, Ragione Palace (Palazzo della Ragione) and the modern city wall were built in this period. Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni) depicted in Giotto's frescoes was also finished, and other artists were active like the Renaissance painter Mantegna and the sculptor Donatello.

Other sight seeing: an important pilgrimage church of St. Antonio of Italy, the world's cultural heritage Orto Botanico (Europe's oldest botanical garden) etc.

Padua, University town

Padua is known as a University town. Italians call the people of Padua "Gran Dottore (a great doctor)" because of its historical reputation of the University of Padua.

It's the second oldest university (the oldest University of Bologna)in Italy. Here the scientist who advocated the Copernican Systems Nicolaus Copernicus had studied. Among the professors, the greatest poet of Italian literature Dante Alighieri, the father of astronomy Galileo Galilee, and the famous lyric poet of Petrarch Love Francesco Petrarca had took lectures.

Inside the University, there is also the world's oldest anatomical theater school built in 1594. This Teatro Anatomico (anatomy theater) is worth to see.