- Oct 2014
Padova. Located in north central Italy about 24 miles (38 km) west of Venice.
- Padova is a medium sized college town with an interesting city center and squares, which most Italian towns have. We decided to stay in Padova as kind of central location for visiting that area of Italy. It was close enough to Venice that we were either going to drive there and park or, as it turns out, take the train into Venice.
- Padova (or Padua) is probably best known as being one of the Italian cities that play a central role in many of Shakespeare’s plays.
- We took the train from Padova to Venice and arrived in the early afternoon. We stayed at a little hotel which is right on the Grand Canal, near the train station. Everything in Venice is pretty much reachable on foot, even if like we did, you stay nearer the northern part of the city. Our favorite activity was just walking the narrow streets which crisscross over the little canals that serve as “streets” (calle’s). The area near Piazza San Marco is very interesting and we particularly recommend that you visit there at nightfall. When the sun goes down, lights come on from all over and it is quite the transformation.
- Since we were only there for one day, we really didn’t go into any of the museums, of which there are a number of great ones. But then again, there are great museums with works of the masters all over Italy.
- The Rialto Bridge is the main bridge over the Grand Canal. It has shops all across it on either side.
- Side trips such as one to the island of Murano, famous for glass blowing, were things we might have done had we stayed longer in Venice.
- We did not take a gondola ride. It was 80-100 Euro for a 40 minute ride, although if you can find someone else to split the ride with you, then it would not be quite so steep.
Pictures from Venice and Padova …
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