WNT Nov 18, 2010
The USA's stay in Padova has been very nice, although a bit chilly and wet. The town is clean, charming and architectually interesting. The people are very friendly and there even was a farmer's market set up right outside the team hotel this morning. It claims to be the oldest city in Northern Italy so you can imagine there are some old buildings around. Here are a few more things the U.S. team has learned about Padova.
- It sits on the Bacchiglione (bahk-KEY-lyee-oh-neh) River
- It was known in Roman times for excellent horses and sheep’s wool. Haven't seen any horses or sheep yet
- Over the years, it has been invaded and/or occupied by Huns, Goths, Greeks, Lombards, Franks, Venetians, and Austrians
- The Universita’ di Padova is almost 800 years old & lecturers included Galileo. That’s pretty cool!
- It also has the oldest botanical garden in the world
- Padova was the setting for Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew
- Was the main command of the Italian Army and home of the king & commander in chief in WWI (we saw an abandoned Army base that definitely looked Circa WWI)
- Boston is a sister city of Padova. That might be a good sign for the Boston Breakers on the U.S. roster?