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Padova is a city and commune in the Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. As of the 2011 census, the population of Padova is of 214.000 residents. Padova hosts the renowned University of Padova, almost 800 years old and famous, among other things, for having had Galileo Galilei among its lecturers. Padova is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and it is also where Romeo is exiled to after he kills Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet.
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The Scrovegni Chapel is the most famous landmark in Padova. It houses a remarkable cycle of frescoes complete in 1305 by Giotto. The fresco cycle details the life of the Virgin Mary and has been acknowledged by many to be one of the most important fresco cycles in the world.
The Palazzo della Ragione in Padova is reputed to have the largest roof unsupported by columns in Europe. The Palazzo was begun in 1172 and finished in 1219. It is a beautiful building that must not be missed while you visit Padova.
Piazza dei Signori is a beautiful loggia located at the heart of Padova. In Piazza dei Signori tourists may find the Palazzo del Capitaniato, the residence of the Venetian governors, with its great door, the work of Giovanni Falconetti.
Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padova is Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Padova. Although the Basilica is visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world. Sant'Antonio is a giant edifice without a precise architectural style. Over the centuries, it has grown under a variety of different influences as shown by the exterior details.
Santa Sofia is the most ancient church in Padova. The crypt was begun in the late 10th century by Venetian craftsmen. It has a basilica plan with Romanesque-Gothic interior and Byzantine elements. The basilica is a beautiful edifice that combines various architectural styles.