Padua boasts over three thousand years of history, which have bequeathed to it a mine of monuments of great historical and artistic value.
According to the legend, also reported by Virgil in the Aeneid, the city was founded by the legendary Trojan hero Antenor, companion of Aeneas, whose tomb can be admired in the homonymous square in front of the Prefecture.
Padua is, among other things, universally known as “the city of Saint Anthony”, the Franciscan friar born in Lisbon in 1195, who lived here for a few years and died (June 13, 1231). His remains are preserved in the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, one of the most visited places of Christianity.
Padua is also known as “the city of the unnamed Saint”, “of the grass-free meadow” and “of the coffee without doors”. The reasons? Saint Anthony here is simply called “the Saint”, Prato della Valle is actually a square and the historic Caffè Pedrocchi was once open day and night, serving hot drinks along its gallery without doors.