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Padua is a city with both a cultural and industrial nature; it is found in the Northern Italian region of Veneto and is this region’s most important economic center. Padua is also quite an old city and preserves many historical and cultural remains. For example, Padua houses the most complete and best preserved Giotto collection. If you love history and have a free weekend, Padua is the place to go!
The city is also a sacred pilgrimage center, due to the fact that Saint Anthony of Padua is buried here; indeed, it has been called the City of the Saint. One of the most popular places to visit in the city is the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, where the grave of Sant’Antonio is found; the Basilica also houses beautiful works of art. There is also Palazzo della Ragione, built around 1200 to be used as a town hall. You should also stop by Prato della Valle, thought to be the biggest town square in Europe, after Moscow’s Red Square. Castello Carrarese is worth a visit, built in the 1300s and used as an observatory and prison. Lastly, check out Café Pedrocchi, one of the oldest and most notable cafés in Europe.
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