Prato della Valle
Prato delle Valle is an elliptical plaza, which also happens to be the largest square in Italy at 90,000 square meters. At the center is a large green space, now decorated with a tree of lights as it is nearing Christmas. Surrounding the green space is a small canal, lined with two rings of statues. The outer part of the square is concrete, with a wide space for roller-bladers, skateboarders, walkers, and children dancing with their grandparents (like I saw during my visit). From the plaza you can see the Basilicia del Santo and the Basilica Santa Giustina, both magnificent.
A cafe founded in the 18th century. It is also an important place historically because of its role in the 1848 riots against the Habsburg monarchy. Mathilde and I enjoyed excellent cappuccinos and some sweets here.
A cafe with the best Tramezzini (grilled sandwiches) in all of Padova!
Cappella degli Scrovegni
"The Scrovegni Chapel"
The Scrovegni Chapel is a church dedicated to St. Mary of the Charity. It contains frescoes by Giotto from 1303-1305. Enrico Scrovegni, a man from a wealthy banking family, commissioned the construction of the chapel in hopes of pardoning his father and himself from the grave sin of usury. It's not the Sistine Chapel, but definitely right behind it as one of the most beautiful man-made things I've ever seen. The amount of detail that covers every inch of the walls is incredible. Photos weren't allowed in the Chapel, but it is BEAUTIFUL, and I highly recommend visiting.
Gardens near The Scrovegni Chapel with paths for bikers and walkers/runners.
Chiesa degli Eremitani
"Church of the Hermits"
Church of the Hermits is a 13th century church dedicated to the saints Philip and James.
Basilica Santa Giustina
Basilica Pontificia di Sant'Antonio di Padova
"Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padova
Università degli Studi di Padova
"University of Padova"
This is the second university I have seen in Italy, the first being in Bologna. This university was founded in 1222 as a school of law.
Castello di San Pelagio
"San Pelagio Castle"
Castello di San Pelagio is a medieval tower which contains a Flight Museum inside, as well as gardens and The Minotaur Labyrinth outside. It is located in a beautiful area near the Euganean Hills, a group of hills of volcanic origin on the Padovan-Venetian plains.
I especially found interesting The Flight Museum, located inside of Castello di San Pelagio. It contained many artifacts from World Wars I and II, and it was interesting to learn about these from the Italian/European perspective, as opposed to what I learned in school from the USA's point-of-view. I really enjoyed learning about Gabriele D'Annunzio, who aside from having been a pilot, is well-known for his literary work as a poet, journalist, and playwright. He was often referred to as "The Poet" or "The Prophet." D'Annunzio came from a wealthy background and enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle until the First World War, when he dramatically changed his course of life and left it all behind to risk his life as a fighter pilot.