Padua

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Hotel Ca’ Tron is situated at only 17 km from the historical city of Padua, one of the most cultural and economical centers of Italy, easily reachable by car or by bus from the bus stop located at 400 meters from our hotel.

It can be visited only in one day on foot!

Take a look at our simple itinerary to enjoy the town and find out the most important points.

Starting from Piazza Eremitani,  you can admire the Scrovegni Chapel (1), one of the most important Italian and European paintings of the 14th century, considered the most complete cycle of frescoes realized by Giotto in his maturity. The frescoes of the Chapel is developed into three main themes: episodes from the life of Joachim and Anna (boxes 1-6), episodes from the life of Mary (7-13) and episodes of the life and death of Christ.

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Next to the Chapel there is the complex of the Musei Civici Eremitani (2) (composed by the Archeological Museum and the Museum of Medieval and Modern art), whose original nucleus is recognizable in the rich State’s collections as a result of the suppressions of the convent of San Giovanni da Verdara (1783) and other religious entities (1810) and Zuckermann Palace (3), built between 1912 and 1914 by the milanese architect Arosio in  nineteenth-century style, commissioned by  the industrialist Enrico Zuckermann. It can be considered as one of the symbols of the new bourgeois cities from the late ‘800 to the beginning of the 20th century. On the ground floor and on the first floor it hosts the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts and, on the second floor, the Museum Bottacin.

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In the heart of the city, after passing the medieval Altinate Door, you will arrive in front of the Caffe ‘ Pedrocchi (6), born thanks to the brilliant idea of Antonio Pedrocchi to transform a small shop received inheritance from his father in a magnificent building, just 2 steps from the historic seat of the University, opened night and day, thus becoming the “cafè  without doors”. Due to its central location and proximity to the University (one of the oldest in Europe with the famous anatomical theatre and Chair of Galileo Galilei) the Cafè quickly became a reference point for cultural and commercial life of the city and meeting place for students, artists, writers and Patriots.

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The tour continues in the beautiful Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti and dei Signori, dominated by the Palazzo della Ragione (5), ancient seat of the citizens’ courts  of Padua. In its Salon the Vituperio’s stone, where the debtors were required to beat three times their buttocks, after having stripped them (from this practice the  Paduan expression “rimanere in braghe di tela” has origin ), and the large wooden horse, restored and returned to its original splendor, made by Hannibal Capodilista for a merry-go-round and later donated by the family to the city are preserved. 
Today, the great Hall is a place for exhibitions and cultural events.
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Not far away, you will see the Zabarella  Palace (37), perhaps one of the most significative medieval testimonies of Padua. It is now the seat of prestigious exhibitions and events. From here, walking along via San Francesco, shortly after having left via del Santo on the right side, there is, under the porticos, the entrance to the Museum of the history of Medicine, whose visit, thanks to its strong multimedia and interactive, is an experience to live.

 

Coming back a little bit and taking via del Santo, you will be in front of the Basilica of St. Anthony, better known as “the Saint, main important religious center of the city and destination of thousands of pilgrims every year, especially on 13 June, the feast of the Saint, who crowd the city for the famous procession.

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Around the Basilica there are other famous monuments including the statue of Gattamelata by Donatello, equestrian statue representing the mercenary captain of Paduan militias Erasmo da Narni, called “Gattamelata”, born as his tomb and considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance of the Tuscan Donatello and judged as the finest equestrian statue of all time with five horses of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice.
Not far from the Basilica, at the end of via Cesarotti, the monumental complex of Loggia and Odeo Cornaro, splendid examples of Renaissance architecture in Padua stands.

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Returning to Piazza del Santo and taking via dell’Orto Botanico, you will see the Botanical Garden (9), Europe’s oldest university Botanical Garden founded in 1545, and just beyond Prato della Valle, one of the symbols of Padua, an elliptical square that, besides being the largest square, is one of the largest in Europe (88620 m²), second only to Piazza Rossa in Moscow , on which many historic buildings, old mansions raise including Palazzo Angeli that houses the Museum of the magic lantern (pre-cinema) (16) and, on the South side, the Basilica of St. Justina, Padua’s most important architectural work and the oldest place of worship in the city. The Church was annexed subsequently a Benedictine monastery and the complex grew progressively in goods and relics. After the reconstruction, after the earthquake of 1117, the Church was demolished in 1502 to make way to the present, built between 1532 and 1579 by several architects, and particularly from Malones and Andrea from the Valley.

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  • on the 13rd June Festa di Sant’Antonio

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