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Start your walking tour at the landmark Basilica di SantAntonio. This amazing Byzantine edifice is topped with many domes, towers and cupolas. Around the altar are Donatellos bronze reliefs of Sant Antonios life, dating back to 1444. Other gems to see are the Chiesa and Museo degli Eremitani, both packed with priceless art and historic artifacts including two frescoes by Mantegna.
Reservations are necessary to see the Cappella degli Scrovegni, a must-see 14th century building where Giottos 38-panel fresco covers the wall from floor to ceiling. It depicts the biblical story of the lives of Mary and Joseph. Call 049-202-0020 at least 24-hours in advance to book to see this amazing restored work of art. Still on the art theme, Titians first known works can be seen here in Padova too, in the Scuola del Santo. The 16th century Duomo which was designed in part by Michelangelo and the accompanying Baptistery both have some wonderful frescoes.
Whilst exploring Padova you will come to the unusual elliptical shaped Prato della Valle, one of the largest open spaces in Europe. The surrounding canal is lined with statues of many famous politicians, artists and philosophers.
Further out of town a totally different experience can be enjoyed with a soak in the warm waters of the Terme Euganei Spa. The regional park nearby has many well-marked hiking trails and bike routes through the oak and chestnut forests, passing vineyards, medieval fortresses, monasteries and villas which will complete this delightful day out.
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