Beyond the Marathon there is much to explore and enjoy in Padova and the beautiful surrounding areas!
A city of great artistic and cultural traditions, Padua boasts over three thousand years of history, which have bequeathed to it a mine of monuments of great historical and artistic value.
According to legend, also reported by Virgil in the Aeneid, the city was founded by the mythical Trojan hero Antenor, companion of Aeneas, whose tomb can be admired in the homonymous square in front of the prefecture.
Padua is, among other things, universally known as the city of Saint Anthony, the Franciscan friar born in Lisbon in 1195, who lived here for a few years and died (13 June 1231). His remains are preserved in the Basilica of Sant'Antonio, one of the most visited places in Christianity.
Padua is also known as the city of the nameless Saint, of the grass without grass and of the coffee without doors. The reasons? Sant'Antonio here is simply called "the Saint", Prato della Valle is actually a square and the historic Caffè Pedrocchi was once open day and night, serving hot drinks along its gallery without doors.
Home to the second oldest university in Italy (founded in 1222), where also taught Galileo Galilei, who defined the period he lived here as «Li diciotto anni migliori di tutta la mia età», Padua boasts the second largest square in Europe, the already mentioned Prato della Valle, and it hosts one of the world masterpieces of the fourteenth-century art: the fresco of the Cappella degli Scrovegni painted by Giotto. Not only: it houses the first botanical garden built in the world, built in 1545 on the lands of a Benedictine monastery and since 1997 recognized by UNESCO.
The territory of Padua is not only synonymous with art and culture but also with well-being and nature: the Euganean Baths, thanks to the precious water that rises in the uncontaminated basins of the Prealps and resurfaces at the temperature of 87, give for over two thousand years health and relaxation with over 100 hotels that are also spas.
Padua is today a remarkable economic center, one of the most important and large centers of intermodal transport, also fluvial, of all Europe and currently represents the greatest interporto in the north and center Italy.
Its cuisine is one of the most renowned in the food and wine scene of Veneto: among the dishes definitely not to be missed the boiled Padovana, the risi and bisi (risotto with peas), the pasta and fasoi (egg pasta accompanied by beans) and the hen padovana..The charm of the city has also conquered William Shakespeare. The Great Bard speaks of Padua in the comedy The tamed shrew, set here.
Participating in the Padua Marathon will give you the opportunity to get to know a city rich in history, charm and culture and the beautiful area that is the background.
Want to find out more about what to visit in Padova and around?
The website of Padova Cultura offers you all the information to make your stay unforgettable.
Download the brochure "Padova City of Culture" and discover Padua main monuments, museums and churches.