City profile

Padua (Padova) is a city  in Veneto, with a population is 214,000 (as of 2011). It is sometimes included as part the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area, which has population of over 1.5 million.

The city, standing on the banks of the Bacchiglione River,  is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione.

A local tradition is take a ‘spritz’ or aperitif in one of the central piazzas. Many small bars, can be found in the areas of the former Jewish ghetto and in the nearby squares . Differerent squares are said to attract different groups of customers to their bars...Piazza Duomo (wealthy youngster), Piazza dei Signori (middle age people), Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta (students), Jews quarter (intellectuals, artists and alternatives). Students also converge on the Prato della Valle to eat their lunch, either on the central grass, or leaning against the statues that line the water.


City Travel

The nearest airports are Venezia Marco Polo (50km) or Treviso (42km): both have frequent connections to the city.

Note also that the Eurostar train (and other routes) pass through Padua