I was quite surprised by Padua, its a University town with the university being founded in 1222, a place where Galileo once lectured. It has a charming old town with the piazza’s in the centre being filled with markets. There is a synagogue in one of the narrow streets with an army vehicle and four soldiers for protection.
The inside of the Scrovegni Chapel is completely covered in fresco’s by Giotto, completed in 1305, visitors are only allowed in small groups for 15 min. A small museum is part of the complex.
The Prato della Valle is quite a unique square surrounded by a canal and two rows of statues.
The Basilica of Saint Anthony is one of the eight international shrines recognised by the Holy see and also where the saint is buried (free entry). It is very elaborately decorated inside (no photos). Right in front of it is the sculpture of Gattamelata by Donatello.
The Abbey of Santa Giustina is absolutely huge, the ceilings tower above you, free entry and you can take photos, its closed between 1200 and 1500 hrs.