Padua is not a big city, yet is very livable, rich with monuments, churches, museums, palaces and squares to visit. The Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most important places of worship in the world and is visited annually by 6.5 million pilgrims. Prato della Valle is the largest square in the city and one of the largest squares in Europe. Created in the Roman times, this big square throughout history has undergone several transformations and has also had several names. Today it has a characteristic elliptical shape and is formed by a central island, called Memmia Island, surrounded by a canal adorned with 78 statues (really amazing) and 8 pedestals surmounted by obelisks. The statues represent the most illustrious sonsin Padua, students and professors who honored the city, Venetian dogi, political figures and popes.
The city was one of the cultural capitals of the 14th century: the pictorial testimonies of the fourteenth century - including Giotto's cycle at the Chapel of the Scrovegni - make it a crucial crossroad in the developments of Western art. It also saw the creation of the second university in the world's history.
A must see and "live" is also the Botanical Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which was founded in 1545 and is the oldest botanical garden in the world, still located in its original location.