Padua, Italy - twinned with Oxford since 2019

Founded around 1183 BC, Padua is one of Northern Italy's oldest cities. Just a short train ride from Venice, it's famed for its stunning architecture, ancient Roman ruins, medieval palaces, and religious landmarks like St Anthony's Basilica and the Scrovegni Chapel, home to Giotto's frescoes. The medieval centre's cobbled streets and piazzas are bustling with shops, cafés, and restaurants, creating a lively yet relaxed atmosphere, enhanced by the city's abundant students and cyclists.

Padua shares many parallels with Oxford. It is home to the University of Padua, established in 1222 as Italy's second oldest university, and the world's first Botanical Garden, established in 1545. Another historic highlight is the Palazzo della Ragione, built in 1219, which houses Europe's oldest covered market.

The connections between the University of Oxford and the University of Padua are robust, fostering academic and cultural exchanges. The Oxford-Padova Link plays a significant role in organizing events and activities that further strengthen these ties.

For more details or to participate in the Oxford-Padova initiatives, please visit Oxford-Padova.

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