La cittĂˇ del Santo
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I took the regional train Trento-Padova
on Friday afternoon. I was happy that it was a direct route, so I
didnâ€™t have to change trains with all of my luggage. It took three
hours to get to Padova and my host arrived in a little bit.
After dropping my bags at his place, he took me on a little tour to the Padova centre. Our first stop was by the city walls and I could also see some of its channels. Then we visited most of the very important historical buildings of the city like the Cathedral and Baptistero, the Piazza del Signori and some of the markets and vendings in the area; we also visited the headquarters of the ancient University of Padova, a place that I am going to visit in more detail as it has some wonderful historical facilities inside, like a podium where Galileo used to teach and the classroom of anatomy. The Municipio and the old Ghetto of Padova were also on out tour.
One of the best stops was by the Prato della Valle, a magnificent square with lots of wonderful statues of Padovan heroes. By the square one can see the Basilica di Santa Giustina and also very near there is the Basilica del Santo, a Basilica dedicated to San Antonio de Padua of course. I will visit both of these basilicas in more detail next Tuesday. And so it ended this excellent walking tour of Padova, a wonderful insight in the many beauties of this charming city.