Pause in perfect Padua

It may not be as well known as Venice, but Padua has a bewitching appeal all of its own, writes Stuart Clark

7th March, 2009

While some cities hate living in the shadow of a bigger, more glamorous neighbour, you get the impression that being just down the road from Venice rather suits Padua.

With somebody else taking the tourist heat - more than 12 million people explored those famous canals last year - the Padovani are free to roam their own medieval town centre untroubled by marauding Japanese tourists, bars charging €16 for a glass of prosecco and restaurants...

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