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Padua, located in the Veneto region of Italy, has a rich history. According to scripture, it stretches past 1000 BC. Luckily for you, this means there are plenty of things to do in Padua, along with a medieval Viewnary surprise.
For a truly unique and exclusive experience, take a blast to the past with a visit to this hidden gem in Padua. It’s a secret wine tower that only a select few locals know, and now it’s open to you. Located just a few minutes away from the Prato della Valle square, the “Massimago Wine Tower” offers amazing views of the center of Padua and is surrounded by lush greenery and a bastion. The vast, cozy outdoor areas are perfect for a golden hour aperitivo, romantic date, or photoshoot. While you’re there, your Hosts will treat you to an authentic Massimago wine tasting along with delicious bites. Whether you fancy a creamy red wine or a sparkling rosé, it’s all there. Combine the local wines with fresh cheese and fruit platters - not to forget the ciabatta, focaccia and wide range of crackers.
We mentioned the iconic Prato della Valle square before, and it’s also one of the must-do’s in Padua. The square is the largest in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, and is surrounded by numerous famous buildings like the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Giustina, theLoggia Amulea, and various palaces dating back to medieval times. The magnificent Basilica di Sant'Antonio (Basilica of St. Anthony) is perhaps the top attraction in Padua and certainly one of the most historic. The Romanesque basilica is home to beautiful architecture, artwork and many treasures – you can walk through freely during opening hours or book guided tours. Piazza dei Signori is another famous Paduan square dating back to the 14th century, and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Take a stroll through the many shops on the square and enjoy a genuine Italian atmosphere. Still can’t get enough? Combine these top things to do in Padua with Viewnary’s secret terrace overlooking the Duomo and gardens of an ancient, sacred forest.