This is Padova

Padova is a city located in the Veneto region of Italy, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and prestigious academic institutions.

It's renowned for its ancient university, founded in 1222, which has hosted notable figures such as Galileo Galilei (chair of mathematics 1592-1610) and Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman to receive a PhD degree (1678). The University motto is “Universa Universis Patavina Libertas”, which means “The freedom of Padova is complete for everyone”, and signifies the university's commitment to providing an environment where knowledge is open, free, and accessible to all individuals.

The city boasts a remarkable artistic and architectural heritage. Among its points of interest are the Scrovegni Chapel with frescoes by Giotto, part of the "Padova Urbs Picta" (Unesco’s World Heritage), the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, one of the city's major Catholic churches, Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe, and the Palazzo della Ragione, iconic landmark of the city, particularly renowned for the “Salone”, one of the largest medieval halls in Europe.

Padua is also famous for its gardens, such as the Orto Botanico di Padova, one of the world's oldest botanical gardens, and it offers a lively atmosphere with its markets, cafes, and nightlife. The city is a captivating blend of history, culture, innovation, and tradition.

We look forward to welcoming you in Padova!