Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic cities in Italy.


The city centre boasts a wealth of fine medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions combined with metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere.

The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture, the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.

The historic centre of Padua is dominated by the imposing Palazzo della Ragione, which was built in the year 1218 to host the court of justice on the upper floor, and various shops on the ground floor.

The vast hall, called “il Salone” (the great Hall), is one of the largest medieval hanging halls of the world and its walls are covered by paintings depicting the zodiac and the astrological theories of Pietro d’Abano, one of the greatest medieval scientists.

The three squares surrounding the palace, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori, are the site of Padua’s daily market, which has been taking place here for more than 800 years.

The squares are lined by bars, restaurants, shops and historical buildings.

Piazza dei Signori is a gentle Renaissance square closed westwards by the white façade of the Capitanio Palace and the beautiful Clock Tower.

A great monumental area develops around St.Anthony’s Basilica, locally simply called “Il Santo”, which holds the mortal remains of Saint Anthony.

A short distance away you can visit the University Botanical Garden, one of oldest in the world.

A little to the south sprawls the Prato della Valle, one of the largest town squares in Europe, surrounded by a double order of statues.


Petrarca Hotel Terme
Piazza Roma 23
35036 Montegrotto Terme (PD) Italy
Phone: +39.0498911744
Fax: +39.0498911698


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