Porta to the historical center of Padova
Saturdaymorning we woke up early. Because the opera was cancelled the day before we slept a little earlier too, so we had enough sleep to start a new day fresh (or at least a little). We had breakfast in Verona
and drove to Padova
. It was a little hard to find the hotel since we didn't have a map of the city but in the end, we found it. We checked in at the reception where an unfriendly man told us where our room was. Fortunately the room was nice so that helped us not having a negative feeling. We walked to the center of Padova and immediately liked it. It's a very lively city with many young people. That's probably because Padova has the oldest but one university of Italy.
One of the many squares in Padova
There aren't many tourists and i always like places without them. We found a lot of different beautiful squares with markets on them. There was one with fruits and vegetabes, one with clothing and one with all the other things you can imagine. I love markets because in those places you can find the true local life. So we hang around for a while and after that we visited the Duomo of Padova. It's designed by Michelangelo. Unbeleiveble, especially because there aren't any tourist lining up to see it. It was a church like all churches should be, real quiet with a few locals who pray there. We had a prosecco in a bar with a view on the Duomo but we had to hurry because we had a reservation for the Scrovegni Chapel at 12:40. This chapel is built by a noble family around 1300 and it's decorated by Giotto around 1305.
Old market in Padova
The frescos in this chapel are one of the first ones with Christian art. It's very special that they are still in a very good condition. After this visit we rushed trough the museums that are close to this chapel. They weren't very interesting and we were hungry too. So we looked for a nice place to have pizza. There were 3 more things we had to see in Padova now. The first thing was the Prato della Valle, a beautiful oval square with a lot of statues of famous people of Padova around it. That day there was a market on it, that was the 4th we saw that day. We enjoyed the view of all the shopping people. The second sight was the S. Giustina that was located next to the square. It is a beautiful chruch that looks a little oriental with all those domes on it. Later that day we went to the S. Antonio church too. A lot of people from all over the world go here to pray to this saint to protect their children and to help people rehabilitate after an accident. It was really crowded here. I've actually never seen so many people in a church (except for St. Peters in Rome). Chris and i decided we have done enough for that day so we had some nice proseccos and Aperols in a bar and we agreed: Padova is a very nice city.