Photographs by Richard Freeman
Quotations from Padova
We took the train from Verona, just a few hours trip. There we spent a couple of days touring the sites, but stayed another couple of nights using Padova as the jumping point to visit Venice, without having to stay in the tourist mecca. It is only a 20-30 minute train ride. Padova was exquisite! Our hotel was near the incredible Piazza Prato della Valle. A round plaza with 80 statues. Everytime of day with different light, it changed its appearance. We also visited the University of Padova, founded by disgruntled law students from the University in Bologna in 1222!!!. It is the second oldest university in Italy, and we saw the podium that Galileo used when he lectured there!
A side trip was to a little village outside of Padova named Monselice. We went to visit the medieval castle there, and walked around the grounds.