One of the places that had been high ranked on my unofficial bucket list for a long time, was the Italian city of Padova (anglicised: Padua). Through my favorite street application Streetartcities, I had already noticed that the local street art hunter (click here) there delivers brilliant work by keeping the street art map of Padova up to date and allowing us to admire virtually the many street art works that the city has to offer. Recently, many new works by local and internationally renowned artists, have been added to Padova’s urban landscape, thanks to the latest edition of the Biennale Superwalls.
Padova itself is super cute: many small alleys and canals, impressive architecture, the botanical garden is said to be the oldest in the world, beautiful palaces (eg: Pallazo della Ragione) and the Prato Della Valle, one of the largest market squares in Europe consisting of a central wide park surrounded by an oval canal lined with 78 statues portraying illustrious citizens. A real masterpiece and perfect spot to experiment with my drone:).
Yup,you heard it right: only superlatives, and Padova has exceeded my (high!) expectations. After my walking records from the previous days in Ferrara and Ravenna combined with the enormous heat waves, I chose to take things a little more ‘chillax’ in Padova, and this time I rented a bike to get around the city and suburbs. Padova, is without a doubt one of my best travel experiences of recent years.
Venice? Naples? Rome? Venice? Milan? Palermo? I am glad that I chose Padova over these more known cities. Padova is just Padualicious, a real hidden gem.
This is my entry to Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors Challenge