Padua is a city and comune in the Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. The city is sometimes included, with Venice (Italian Venezia) and Treviso, in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.
- The Scrovegni Chapel (Italian: Cappella degli Scrovegni) is Padua's most famous sight. It houses a remarkable cycle of frescoes completed in 1305 by Giotto.
- The Palazzo della Ragione.
- In the Piazza dei Signori is the beautiful loggia called the Gran Guardia.
- The most famous of the Paduan churches is the Basilica di Sant'Antonio da Padova, locally simply known as "Il Santo".
- Donatello's magnificent equestrian statue of the Venetian general Gattamelata (Erasmo da Narni).
- St. George Oratory (13th century), with frescoes by Altichiero, and the Scuola di S. Antonio (16th century).
- One of the best known symbols of Padua is the Prato della Valle, a 90,000 m2 (968,751.94 sq ft) elliptical square.
- Abbey of Santa Giustina and adjacent Basilica.
- The Church of the Eremitani is an Augustinian church of the 13th century.
- Santa Sofia is probably Padova's most ancient church.
- The church of San Gaetano (1574–1586).
- The 16th-century, baroque Padua Synagogue.
- The buildings of Palazzo del Bò, the centre of the University.
- The City Hall, called Palazzo Moroni.
- The Caffé Pedrocchi, built in 1831.
- The city centre is surrounded by the 11 km-long city walls, built during the early 16th century.
- The Ponte San Lorenzo, a Roman bridge largely underground, along with the ancient Ponte Molino, Ponte Altinate, Ponte Corvo and Ponte S. Matteo
In the neighbourhood of Padua are numerous noble villas. These include:
- Villa Molin, in the Mandria fraction, designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1597.
- Villa Mandiriola, (17th century), at Albignasego
- Villa Pacchierotti-Trieste (17th century), at Limena
- Villa Cittadella-Vigodarzere (19th century), at Saonara
- Villa Selvatico da Porto (15th-18th century), at Vigonza
- Villa Loredan, at Sant'Urbano.
- Villa Contarini, at Piazzola sul Brenta, built in 1546