Padova Over and Out

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

We spent our last couple of days around the area, returning to Venice one day and doing some shopping.  Both of us purchased gorgeous soft Italian Leather jackets, which will serve as a reminder of our trip to Italy.  I also bought an Italian leather handbag, as well as a few more gifts for family.  I've posted a few pics of Enice...St. Ak's Basillica and numerojs random shots.  It was a rainy day, so not great conditions for pics.
 Today, our last day here, we took the tram into Ponti Romani, the main town square again and explored further down some side streets.  There is a big event going on right now in Padova, much of it focused on the University area.  I'm not certain, but it looked much like a "hazing" ritual, with students having to perform certain things, while being pummeled with a variety of things, such as flour, eggs...forced to recite and read things off posters, and drinking heavily.  Some of them were wearing silly costumes, while others were adorned with wreaths on their heads.  It was very loud and they were all very festive and obviously having a lot of fun.   I went into the ladies room and there were a few young ladies in there trying to clean the goop off their feet and faces.  Throughout the square, you could stop and purchase drinks at any cafe, but finding ones that were actually serving regular meals was more challenging.  We did find one little Trattoria and had cappuchino (typical and delicious!) and some wonderful Bruschetta.  I snapped a few photos around the rest of the area as we wandered.  We did go into Palazzo Della Ragione, a 2 storey loggia built in 1219, housing an enormous wooden horse, as well as hundreds of floor to ceiling 15th century frescoes.  Of course, as usual the pictures just don't do things justice, but I couldnt't help but attempt!  Around the corner from that Palazzo, is the Cafe Pedrocchi, whic was opened in 1831 and has been there ever since.  It has been described as "the most beautiful coffee shop in the world", but I can't comment on that.  We did have a look at the menu, but Taglilonni, with a coffee cream sauce, served over shrimp just didn't appeal (that, plus the fact it was around 20€ each, did not draw us in)  I did take some photos of the outside
Bo Palace, the University was founded in 1222.  Gallileo was said to have lectured here.  There is also a large Anato y Theter, and unfortunately, we missed the tour.  The Cathedral of Padova, in the Piazza Del Duomo was built between 16th and 18th century and is adorned with beautiful statues, none of which we were able to photograph.  The Baptistry that connected the cathedral to duomo dates from 7th century.  I just can't get over the age of all the sights we have seen.
We also happened upon this gorgeous building with very ornate Iron doors, not sure what it was.  I managed to snap a pic of it before the guard yelled at me (oops, I do get into trouble on occasion, but its really not my fault!).  Anyway, he did let us go inside and have a look, with the promise of ŅO FOTO, and discovered the place was a bank!  Imagine where their service fees are going?.  Beautiful frescoes, paintings, spectacular, carved ballustrades and woodwork everywhere.  It must have been some kind of a historical building, but all we know for sure, it is a bank now!  I've posted some random photos of our last day in town, with as much description on each photo as I could manage.
We have learned here kthat for us 8 days is too long to be in one place...we need to be more free to travel around the area.  Our next trip will probably involve a car.  I don't know whether we would rent an apartment agsin, unless we were very certain of what we are getting.  This one was adequate, but "not exactly as illustraded" online.  The facilities are ecclectic, and not particularly functional, at least  y our standards.  We have enjoed our time, here in Italia, and look forward to a few more little tastes of Italy in our upcoming cruise.  U til then, we will spend a few days exploring Croatia.  Arrivadeci!
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