Ah, Northern Italy. There’s a reason so many celebrities are buying properties in this scenic destination. If scientists hadn’t proposed the Garden of Eden in the Middle East, we could have sworn that the Terrestrial Paradise was somewhere close to Venice.
Padua is one of the oldest cities in Northern Italy, combining the charm of untouched nature with inspiring ancient urbanism, making it an unmissable destination for the seasoned traveller. Beautiful water scenery, decadent coffee and sublime pieces of history are what you can expect while visiting.
If Padua has made its way onto your summer itinerary, we’ve got 5 exciting things you cannot miss doing when travelling here.
Get Your Fairy Badge In Orto Botanico!
Founded in 1545, this charming botanical garden is one of the oldest still in existence. Albeit small, it features some spellbinding bouts of interesting vegetation, herbs and trees. Ancient sculptures will keep you company as you stroll through the flower cascades and fairytale ponds covered in lilypads.
The garden comprises two sections – one of them with a series of modern greenhouses showcasing exotic plants, while the other preserves the old-time charm of a circular nursery garden. Sipping from a cup of energising kombucha at the beginning of your day in this fantasy destination will put you in the mood for some romance!
Admire The Unique Frescoes In Capella Degli Scrovegni
While this small chapel looks unassuming from the outside, its inside hides one of Italy’s most priceless masterpieces. The walls of the chapel are entirely covered in frescoes painted by Giotto in the 1300s.
These represent the master’s earliest and best-preserved works. The colours are still very vivid, as a closely monitored atmospheric system protects the chapel. If you’re an art enthusiast, you are not allowed to miss this piece of history.
However, make sure you make a reservation at least a day in advance, as public access is limited to maintain proper levels of carbon dioxide inside the building.
Take A Dive In The World’s Deepest Designer Pool
As the sun starts burning and giving the grapes their voluptuous purple colour, you might want to take an eerie dive in the Y40 “The Deep Joy” Pool.
Recognised as the world’s deepest pool by the Guinness World Records, this architectural wonder by Emanuele Boaretto is 42.15 metres deep. It features intricate caves and a suspended underwater canal that guests get to walk through.
You can rent diving equipment and let yourself parkour through the complex, maze-like underwater structure. Needless to say, it is as refreshing as it is whimsical.
Feel The Heartbeat Of The Renaissance At The University of Padua
Did you ever wonder how Galileo and Copernicus felt as they were making discoveries that later changed the world? You can do so by visiting the first centre of humanism, where Renaissance masters made strives in sciences, astronomy and physics.
The University was founded in 1222, and it features a centuries-old astronomical observatory overseeing a mesmerising waterfront. If you’re a convinced feminist, you will love to know that this is where the world’s first University degree was awarded to a woman, in 1678.
Get Some Refreshing Gelato In Italy’s Largest Square
Feel the heart of the city in this enormous square. The centre comprises a beautiful park, surrounded by a canal. Seventy-eight statues by Italian masters are guarding its banks. The open, pedestrian space makes it the number 1 destination for Padovani and tourists at the end of a hot summer day.
You can get a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants or street food vans, buy souvenirs and attend one of many events that frequently happen here. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to socialize with some of the locals and catch some rays!
If you find yourself in North Italy and miss visiting Padua, you will probably never forgive yourself, especially since this priceless destination is just a 20-minute car ride away from Venice. You can also catch flights to all major European destinations for just a couple of Euros, from here.
The small, pristine lakes in Nothern Italy are just breathtaking, and it certainly helps that their backdrop comprises snow-covered mountain peaks and rich evergreen forests.
The vineyard-covered hills make the perfect scenery to take in as you’re having a delicious brunch before you go on foot exploring the stunning gothic architecture.
You get to go on long promenades along romantic canals or take some photos on the dramatic coastlines at night. Sign us right up! For more great travel and lifestyle content, visit Lifemag Online.