Take a walk along the streets of the city centre and you will discover that Hotel Plaza Padova is close to the city’s main attractions, such as the Cappella degli Scrovegni with Giotto’s most important frescoes and the Musei Civici Eremitani, the Palazzo della Ragione at the centre of Padua’s most beautiful piazzas: Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta.
You must not miss the characteristic gastronomic botteghe (store)and enoteche (wine cellars) – a real showcase of the specialities that the territory has to offer – and the historical Caffé Pedrocchi, a meeting place for intelligentsia and university students since the early 1800s. Not far from the centre you will find the Botanical Gardens, the oldest university Botanical Garden that still exists today.
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.
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“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.”