I didn't take a lot of photos that day because it was pouring rain most of the time but here are a few:
This is the Duomo and the Baptistry. We had a great lunch in this piazza at a place called Il Gancino. I haven't finished my Slow Travel reviews yet (and probably won't until next month) but I plan to review Il Gancino because it was a great little cafe.
This tower on the Palazzo del Capitanio reminded me that Padua was once part of the Venetian empire. The winged lion of San Marco is there and even the clock face looks similar to the one in Piazza San Marco, with bronze astrological symbols in a circle.
This old courtyard is part of the university of Padua, founded in 1222 and the second oldest university in Italy after the one in Bologna.
And in this courtyard, we found this statue of Elena Lucrezia Corner Piscopia (1646-84). Born in Venice to a noble family, she was a child prodigy who in 1678, was the first woman in the world to be awarded a University degree. She wanted to study theology but the church balked at that so she earned her degree in philosophy instead. Then she turned down many marriage proposals and spent the last six years of her life doing charitable work.
There's a plaque honoring her on her family palazzo in Venice, in sestiere San Marco close to the church of San Luca.
I've now been on two quicks trips to Padua and I'd really like to spend more time there, maybe a couple of nights.
My first trip to Italy was a not-slow guided tour that stopped briefly in Padua to visit the Basilica di Sant' Antonio (Il Santo), and I'd love to visit that church again.
Padua has a fun vibe, probably because it's a university town, and I saw lots of shops and bars and cafes that looked interesting. The shopping looked fantastic! I'd especially like to spend some time in Piazza della Erbe and della Frutta where there are several large outdoor markets which not only have vegetables and such but also lots of cool-looking ethnic crafts and clothes.
Padua is also home to Europe's first botanical garden and I'd love to visit that too. And of course, I want to return to the Scrovegni Chapel on one of those double-turn 40 minute long tickets. :)