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Padova Information

 

Weather

The average temperature in May is mild, reaching an average 17°C (63°F).  Afternoons can get quite warm, reaching as high as 22°C (72°F).  The average lows at night are around 12°C (53°F).  Check the current local weather forecast.  

Your suitcase should be packed with warm-weather clothing like short-sleeve shirts, shorts, and sandals. You’ll also want to bring along pants and a light sweater or jacket, for cooler mornings and evenings. While May is generally a dry month, it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella or raincoat for the occasional chance of precipitation.
 

Currency

The official currency in Italy is the Euro.  Check currency conversions.  While the country is still somewhat cash-based, many shops and restaurants do accept credit cards.  Visa and Mastercard are more widely accepted than American Express.  It is always a good idea to let your credit card company know you will be traveling abroad.
 

Electricity

Electricity in Italy is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz. The standard power sockets are Type F.  If you travel with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need to bring a voltage converter with you.  You may also need a plug adapter if your appliance's plug has a different shape.
 

Attractions

Pratto della Valle
Standing at a colossal 90,000 sq. meters, the Prato della Valle is the largest square in Italy, and also in Europe.  While it is called a Piazza, the square is actually an oval, and features a circular water feature that is surrounded by a series of 90 statues depicting various important figures in the history of Padova.  Four bridges cross the water and lead you into the central section with a lovely water fountain.

Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Originally constructed in the 1200’s, the basilica features a myriad of different architectural styles and is listed as one of the international shrines of the Holy See.  This immense, domed basilica stands out in the center of the historic old town.  The detail inside is awe-inspiring – gold trimmings, marble sculptures, and frescos and beautifully colored artwork that cover every inch of the basilica.

Piazza dei Signori
One of the main squares in historic Padua, the Piazza dei Signori serves as one of the central gathering places in the city.  Created in the 14th century, the square was built around the famous clock tower (Torre Dell’Orologio) and is filled with Medieval and Renaissance details.  The square is lined by a series of houses, restaurants, shops, and cafes, and also plays host to regular markets and events.  It is an excellent place to experience authentic Italian culture.

Cappella degli Scrovegni
Located in the pleasant Giardini dell’Arena, this monumental church is famed for its sublime interior frescos.  Created in 1305, the interior was designed by the famous Giotto who was responsible for the design of the Florence Campanile.  The detail and color still present today is fantastic, and this is one piece of Paduan art you should not miss.

Museo Civico di Padova
This complex of museums and historical buildings is located in the Giardini dell’Arena and features two museums and the fabulous Cappella degli Scrovegni.  The art galleries boast one of the finest collections of Venetian art between the 12th and 19th centuries in Italy, including paintings from renowned Renaissance artists such as Titia, Giotto, Bellini, and Veronese.  Aside from the artwork, there is also a collection of historical artifacts from various eras including pre-Roman, ancient Greek, and Etruscan.

Palazzo della Ragione
This immense town hall sits in the center of the Piazza della Frutta and is an icon of the city of Padua.  Created between 1172 and 1219, the town hall has stood for hundreds of years and has been a central point for various civic ceremonies and legal courts.  Inside is a vast open chamber that is richly decorated with a series of colorful frescos created by Nicolo Miretto and Stefano da Ferrara.  The Palazzo is reported to have the largest unsupported roof in Europe. 

Padova Canals and Rivers
Padova has several central canals and rivers that provide fantastic walking opportunities.  Starting at the Via Goito, you can follow a footpath down the length of the river and admire the beautiful water scenery until you reach the Museo dell Astronomico.   From here you can either continue along the Riviera Tiso da Camposampiero into the town center, or follow the river in a northerly direction right through to the Giardini dell’Arena.  During your stroll, you will encounter many beautiful buildings and the fantastic natural landscape that the river provides.
 

Visit the Tourism Bureau for more information on traveling to Padova.