To walk Padua means to get lost in the artistic an cultural legacy of a major Italian city, get to the very centre of the knowledge of those who once were pioneers in the history thanks to their new wisdom, that one that in the past seemed to skip unbreakable rules and then laid the foundations of the modern world.
The Via Roma, paved and full of shops and life brings us with its beautiful classic buildings to the Bo Palace, very close to our destination. The access gate is crowded due to some event unknown for us and so thanks to the crowd, we slipped inside and take a walk. We found out that the building is currently the headquarters of the former University of Padua, very important internationally, and that the so-called Hall of the Forty, that still houses the chair of Galileo Galilei, who taught here as a teacher from 1592 to 1610. The building, with its big dimensions, has many rooms to get lost and once can feel the cultural heritage of centuries of scholars and intellectuals in the atmosphere when strolling through its galleries of artwork and books that seem to hide secrets of the past. With no time for more, we go out and after a few steps we can see the unique and historic Caffé Pedrocchi. Neoclassical and with an elegant colonnade, the place opened its doors in 1831 and quickly became the symbol of modern Padua, known those days as 'the cafe without doors' because of this gallery and its crowded rooms. Leaning against one of the columns, Alberto greets us shaking hands and after rigor hugs we disclaim the terrace option due to the cold of the day we have chosen. The cafe is sumptuous and palatial inside and through the knowledge of Alberto we also learned that it hides a popular legend: students who have not yet finished his college career should never enter the local or, otherwise, will never achieve end it.
But if there is anything, besides the University, for which Padua is internationally know, that is the devotion of the city to Saint Anthony of Padua, though he was born Portugal, he died and was buried in this city. The Basilica of San Antonio de Padua was built between 1238 and 1310 and inside there are several works by Donatello: the equestrian monument and the statues of the main altar. In the city, curiously, he is known simply as 'the Saint' and almost no one usually says his name.
With the taste of the tramezzini still in our lips, our friend Alberto leaves us at the gates of Caffé Pedrocchi and says goodbye in a hurry to continue with his day, while someone is playing the melodic tune of an accordion. There, standing in the Piazzeta Capellato Pedrocchi and immersed in the beautiful architecture of Padua by rhythmic accordion notes, anecdotes and adventures from our travel notebook come to our mind, a notebook in which we are about to fill another page.