After leaving your car in our parking lot, you can easily walk to the main monuments and buildings: Cappella degli Scrovegni, Palazzo della Ragione, Musei Civici, Palazzo Zabarella, Palazzo Zuckerman, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Capitaniato, Orologio, Piazza della Frutta, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Basilica del Santo, Orto Botanico, Palazzo Bò, the Observatory, Medicine Museum, Planetarium.
Walking through Cesare Battisti street, you’ll be in the heart of Padua in ten minutes, where you’ll find shops and workshops; you’ll any kind of shop in which you can buy fabric, religious articles, jewelry, antiques and so on.
From Via San Fermo to Borromeo Gallery is said to be “the street of fashion” because of its shop selling high quality clothes, perfumes, watches and designer clothes.
You can find regional and fresh products under Palazzo Della Ragione (called also “Salone” ) in its old market, and in the two nearby squares. This market has medieval origin. You can buy bread, spices, fresh meat, any kind of cheese, fish, eggs and so on. Close to Palazzo della Ragione you can find various bar, which all sell the traditional and very popular “Spritz”, a slightly alcoholic drink made with prosecco, Aperol and sparkly water.
Near Palazzo della Ragione you can also find the experts in the “Street Food”; among the most known Max and Barbara Schiavon, that manage this activity for many years. They are renowned for their: octopus, “sardines in sauce” (of Venetian origin), eggs of cuttlefish, stuffed mussels and don’t missed to drink a glass of good wine, preferably Prosecco.
Another famous square you can reach in ten minutes on foot is “Prato della Valle”, in which you’ll find another market (on Saturdays only).
Every Saturday, in fact, takes place the largest provincial market with over 160 stalls of various goods; the third Sunday of the month also marks the famous flea and antique market.
Padua is also well-known for its : art , monuments and frescoes internationally recognized as Giotto’s frescoes in the Arena Chapel, the frescoes in the Menabuoi Baptistery of the Duomo, the frescoes by Mantegna in the Church of the Hermits and frescoes by Titian in Scoletta, next to Basilica del Santo (see more in the : 2 ° and 3 ° Itinerary).
You can also visit Padua on its canals, by booking a guided tour on ferries; the starting point is at Porta Portello (15 minutes from our hotel), to discover the Ventian Villas, its art and culture.
The city and its province offer us also beautiful examples of fortified structures of the Middle Ages (Monselice Castle, Catajo Castle, Carrarese and Valbona Castle), which were built in a strategic position, preferably raised, in order to defend the territory surrounding; medieval villages (Arquà Petrarca); noble villas (Villa Pisani, Villa Contarini, House of Bishops, Villa Emocapodilista), historical gardens (Valsanzibio Garden, Botanical Garden); parks (National Park of the Euganean Hills) and vineyards and orchards (area Euganean Hills, Lower and Upper Padua).
Padua is also a bike-friendly city, known for its many routes. It is the quintessential city of bike friendly and the slow-biking. There are numerous city routes and itineraries along a cycling of medium-long distance as: “The ‘Ring River”, “The Cycle Path of Muson Sassi”, “The Ring of Euganean Hills”, “The Treviso Ostiglia” “The rivers Brenta and Bacchiglione”.