Padua

Padua

Padova
Città di Padova
Prato della Valle
Prato della Valle
Flag of Padua
Flag
Coat of arms of Padua
Coat of arms
Location of Padua
Padua is located in Italy
Padua
Padua
Location of Padua in Italy
Padua is located in Veneto
Padua
Padua
Padua (Veneto)
Coordinates: 45°25′N 11°52′E / 45°25′N 11°52′E / 45.417; 11.867
Remnants of Padua's Roman amphitheatre wall

Padua (ə/; Italian: Padova [ˈpaːdova] (About this soundlisten); Venetian: Pàdova) is a city and comune in Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. Padua's population is 214,000 (as of 2011). The city is sometimes included, with Venice (Italian Venezia) and Treviso, in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE) which has a population of c. 2,600,000.

Padua stands on the Bacchiglione River, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Venice and 29 km (18 miles) southeast of Vicenza. The Brenta River, which once ran through the city, still touches the northern districts. Its agricultural setting is the Venetian Plain (Pianura Veneta). To the city's south west lies the Euganaean Hills, praised by Lucan and Martial, Petrarch, Ugo Foscolo, and Shelley.

It hosts the University of Padua, founded in 1222, where later Galileo Galilei was a lecturer between 1592 and 1610.

The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.

Padua is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. There is a play by the Victorian writer Oscar Wilde entitled The Duchess of Padua.

The city is also known for being the city where Saint Anthony, a Portuguese Franciscan (Anthony of Padua, also known as Anthony of Lisbon - city where he was born in 1195), spent part of his life and died in 1231.

Etymology

The original significance of the Roman name Patavium (Venetian: Padoa, German Padua) is uncertain. It may be connected with the ancient name of the River Po, (Padus). Additionally, the root pat-, in the Indo-European language may refer to a wide open plain as opposed to nearby hills. (In Latin this root is present in the word patera which means "plate" and the verb patere means "to open".) The suffix -av (also found in the name of the rivers such as the Timavus and Tiliaventum is likely of Venetic origin, precisely indicating the presence of a river, which in the case of Padua is the Brenta. The ending -ium, signifies the presence of villages that have united themselves together.[1]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Padua
العربية: بادوفا
aragonés: Padua
asturianu: Padua
azərbaycanca: Padua
تۆرکجه: پادووا
বাংলা: পাদোয়া
Bân-lâm-gú: Padua
беларуская: Падуя
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Падуя
български: Падуа
bosanski: Padova
brezhoneg: Padova
català: Pàdua
čeština: Padova
Cymraeg: Padova
dansk: Padova
Deutsch: Padua
eesti: Padova
Ελληνικά: Πάντοβα
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Pèdva
español: Padua
Esperanto: Padovo
euskara: Padua
فارسی: پادووا
français: Padoue
furlan: Padue
Gaeilge: Padua
Gàidhlig: Padova
galego: Padua
한국어: 파도바
հայերեն: Պադովա
hrvatski: Padova
Bahasa Indonesia: Padova
Ирон: Падуя
íslenska: Padúa
italiano: Padova
עברית: פדובה
ქართული: პადუა
қазақша: Падуя
Kiswahili: Padova
Latina: Patavium
latviešu: Paduja
lietuvių: Paduja
lumbaart: Padoa
magyar: Padova
македонски: Падова
मराठी: पादोव्हा
مصرى: بادوفا
Bahasa Melayu: Padua
Nederlands: Padua (stad)
日本語: パドヴァ
Napulitano: Padova
norsk: Padova
norsk nynorsk: Padova
occitan: Pàdoa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Paduya
پنجابی: پادوآ
Papiamentu: Padua
Picard: Padoa
Piemontèis: Pàdoa
polski: Padwa
português: Pádua
română: Padova
Runa Simi: Padova
русский: Падуя
संस्कृतम्: पडुआ
sardu: Padova
Scots: Padua
shqip: Padova
sicilianu: Pàduva
Simple English: Padua
slovenčina: Padova
slovenščina: Padova
ślůnski: Padova
کوردی: پادۆڤا
српски / srpski: Падова
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Padova
suomi: Padova
svenska: Padua
tarandíne: Padova
татарча/tatarça: Падова
Türkçe: Padova
українська: Падуя
اردو: پادووا
vèneto: Pàdova
vepsän kel’: Padui
Tiếng Việt: Padova
Volapük: Padova
Winaray: Padua
粵語: 帕多華
中文: 帕多瓦