Padua, Italy

In the middle of our big 2007 “Through Northern Italy” bus trip, we made a stop in Padua, to see the highlights of the city, the Basilica of Saint Anthony and the beautiful Prato della Valle

Basilica of Saint Anthony

Basilica of Saint Anthony

The Basilica is visited as a place of pilgrimage for all around the World. It is said that people usually pray to Saint Anthony to help them find something or someone they’ve lost in their life. It is a catholic church, which they started to build a year after St. Anthony’s death and was finished in 1301. During these long centuries, it “collected” elements of Romanesque, Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic architecture, so it doesn’t have a precise architectural structure.

Basilica di St. Antonio di Padua

Basilica di St. Antonio di Padua

the facade of the Saint Anthony Basilica, Padua

the facade of the Saint Anthony Basilica, Padua

in front of St. Anthony Basilica, Padua

in front of St. Anthony Basilica, Padua

Prato della Valle is one of the largest elliptical squares in Europe. It has a little green park in the center, where people can just relax and read, and is surrounded by a little canal, which has statues of the city’s notable citizens (totally 78 statues) on both sides. Too bad we didn’t have too much time to chill in the grass, however we did take a nice long walk among the majestic statues.

Prato della Valle

Prato della Valle

one of the many statues of Prato della Valle, Padua

one of the many statues of Prato della Valle, Padua

Prato della Valle, Padua

Prato della Valle, Padua

it gets quite crowded

it gets quite crowded

Now that I’ve looked a bit after this pretty little city, I’ve discovered that there’s much more to see and do than we actually saw, so be sure to check a good guidebook before you head towards the city!

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