Padua is one of the most amazing cities in Italy and is a perfect destination for a day trip from Venice, to escape the tourist crowd, and meet real Italians.
The city is full of artistic treasures and it’s famous for its stunning architecture.
The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained in a small area. You can easily explore walking by your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador to show you around.
Padua’s University is famous since the Middle Ages as Galileo and Copernicus studied here.
Spend a few hours exploring Prato Della Valle, Palazzo Bo, the Orto Botanico, and of course the byzantine Basilic.
You can make a stop at Caffè Pedrocchi, which has been a meeting point for intellectuals and artists for centuries.
Padua is a great place for food. Local chefs are introduced to new approaches in traditional Italian cuisine, and restaurants are much more cheaper than in Venice. And you will be surrounded by real locals, not just Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish customers.
Gay area of Padua
The Gay scene in Padua is small but extremely dynamic. Some gay bars and clubs are very lively on Friday and Saturday nights. While the gay venues are not as numerous as Rome or Milan, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming to tourists.
Gay friendly bars and venues concentrate around Plaza Delle Erbe. In the evening, cafes serve food and drinks as appetizers. You must try the Spritz, the most famous local drink.
In summer, Padua Pride Village attracts gay people from the all Veneto.
Exciting museums, lovely walks in the city or along the lake, bars and trendy restaurants … Padova is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive gay weekend.
Day trip from Padua
The Veneto Region is the place to discover the magnificent Palladian Villas, such as Villa Contarini and Villa Pisani.
The nearby Euganean
Hills are famous for their hot springs and spas, as Abano or Montegrotto Termes.