Beyond the Marathon there is much to explore and enjoy!
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 the 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.
Among other things, Padua is universally known as the city of Saint Anthony, the Franciscan friar born in Lisbon in 1195, who lived for a few years and died here (June 13th, 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 of the second oldest university in Italy (founded in 1222), where also Galileo Galilei taught, 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. Furthermore, it houses the first botanical garden 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 known for its art and culture but also for its nature and well-being: the Euganean Baths have been giving health and relaxation for over two thousand years to more than 100 hotel and spas, thanks to the precious water that rises in the uncontaminated basins of the Prealps and resurfaces at the temperature of 87 degrees.
Today, Padua is a remarkable economic center, one of the most important and largest centers of intermodal transport (also fluvial) of all Europe, and currently represents the greatest interporto of the north and center of Italy.
Its cuisine is one of the most renowned in th Venetian food and wine scene. Among the dishes definitely not to be missed: the bollito alla Padovana (boiled meat), risi e bisi (risotto with peas) and pasta e fasoi (egg pasta accompanied with beans).
Last but not least, 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 discover a city rich in history, charm and culture and its beautiful background.
Are you interested in discovering more about Padua and its monuments?
The website of Turismo Padova offers you all the information to make your stay unforgettable.
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