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Padua

According to an ancient legend, the city of Padua was founded by the Trojan hero Antenore and has origins that date back to Roman times.

Its symbolic locations include Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe, which has had its current appearance since the end of the 18th century. It is decorated by more than 70 statues depicting characters who represent the history of the city throughout the centuries: these include the poet Francesco Petrarch, who was hosted by the Da Carraras, and the scientist Galileo Galilei, who taught at the prestigious Paduan University in the years between the 16th and 17th centuries.

The charming old town centre is the perfect location for a leisurely stroll through the medieval Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, between which the imposing Palazzo della Ragione rises, now the site of many important art exhibitions. A little further ahead, the elegant Piazza dei Signori opens up, dominated by the Torre dell’Orologio.

The ancient Caffè Pedrocchi, located in a neo-classical building, was historically the location where scholars, artists and professors from the ancient Paduan University would meet.