Still on foot, you can reach the University of Padua with Palazzo Bò, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Italy, especially renowned for medical-scientific disciplines.
A 15-minute walk from the Basilica di S. Antonio, known to the Paduans simply as ‘The Saint’, it is the city’s most important church and one of the largest and most frequented in the world.
The imposing Basilica di S. Giustina faces onto Prato della Valle, the second largest square in Europe after Moscow’s Red Square, beloved to the Paduans and host to a series of events, concerts, markets and exhibitions.
“It is said that Padua has the Field with no Grass, the Saint with no Name and the Caffè with no Doors. In fact, Prato della Valle (Field of the Valley) is a piazza not a garden; Saint Anthony of Padua for all Paduans is simply ‘the Saint’; the 19th-century Pedrocchi Caffè was built without doors so that it could be open day and night for passing students.”