It seems improbable that one small city can inspire some of the greatest minds in recorded history, but Padua has done just that. A 30-minute drive from Venice, Padua is an ancient university town rich in art and history thanks to the centuries of influential scholars, philosophers and artists who have left their mark. From traditional Veneto cuisine and the Basilica of Saint Anthony to the Orto Botanico, Europe's first botanical garden, there are many reasons to plan a trip to Padua.

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