Province of Padua

Province Of Padua

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Province of Padua

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The Province of Padua (Provincia di Padova) is a province in the Veneto region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Padua.

History and territory

It has an area of 2,142 kmĀ², and a total population of 927,730 (2009) which makes of it the most populated province of Veneto. There are 104 comuni (singular: comune) in the province.

The territory is usually divided in the capital city, Padua, and its hinterland, formed by the nearby municipalities; the Alta Pianura (higher plain), north of the city; the Bassa Pianura (lower plain), south of the city, including the Saccisica in the south-east; and the Colli Euganei (Euganei hills) south-west of the city. The Euganei hills are the only heights of the entire province, the other parts being totally plain.

The province of Padua is rich in touristic sites. The city itself is home of some masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, while the towns of Cittadella and Montagnana are famous for the well preserved Medieval city walls. There are many ancient and beautiful villas in the countryside, a few of them from Palladio, the main ones being Villa Contarini (in Piazzola sul Brenta) and Villa Barbarigo (in Valsanzibio). The Euganei hills offer a relaxing naturalistic site, often covered in woods, while at their eastern slopes there are many ancient spa sites: the Terme Euganee, as Abano Terme, Montegrotto Terme, Galzignano Terme, Battaglia Terme. There is a small part of the Venetian Lagoon...
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