Population: 214,125 (2013)
Demonym: Padovani, Patavini
Area: 93 km2 (36 mi2)
Dialing Code: +39
Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C, F, & L
Time Zone: Central European Time UTC+1 (Summer CEST UTC+2)
Padua, or Padova to the Italians, is a small city in Italy’s northeastern region, just under 40 km (24 miles) from Venice. It is a university town, with the locals proud of the University of Padua’s history and heritage; the school was built over 800 years ago and had Galileo Galilei among its lecturers. The city also happens to be the setting for most of the Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
The city has many notable sites and attractions to see. Most notably, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, or Saint Anthony’s cathedral stands in Piazza del Santo, one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See.
Padua is also famous for its Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy, at over 90,000 m². It is elliptical in shape, and has a green island at the center (l’Isola Memmia) surrounded by a small canal bordered by two rings of statues all around.
The streets are arcaded, and one can walk quite far under the canopied ceilings over the sidewalks. Several Roman ruins even dot the city, including an old arena, though not as prominent as others.