Padua is also known for housing priceless historical and artistic treasures left by the great Giotto. With a short walk, starting from the hotel in the heart of the city, you can visit the Scrovegni Chapel with the wonderful frescoes by Giotto, the Duomo, the historic squares and the renowned Caffè Pedrocchi.
Square of herbs and fruit
Piazza delle Erbe has been the market place of Padua for centuries. It is no coincidence that the names for this large space have always indicated its commercial function: Piazza della Biada and Piazza Del Vino. In the same fashion, even the stairs of the imposing Palazzo della Ragione were called Scala delle Erbe, because lettuce, onion, leek and savoy cabbage merchants were positioned here.
The Romanesque-Gothic basilica
The Basilica di Sant'Antonio of Padua is one of the most important examples of Romanesque-Gothic building in Veneto. It is linked to the glorification of the Portuguese friar, who died in Padua in 1231, where the Church of the Arcella stands today. Construction of the basilica began in the period between 1232 and 1263, the year in which the ark of St. Anthony was placed in the presbytery of the basilica.