THE CITY OF PADOVA, A SURPRISING BEAUTY by Chandi Wyant

How can one country the size of California have so many beautiful cities? This is what I kept asking myself when I was in Padova. After thirty years of coming to Italy, and living here twice in the past, I had still never been to Padova, until last weekend. Padova (translated as Padua in English, but not necessary since Padova is perfectly easy to say), did not get on my radar until I went back to grad school at the ripe age of 40, to get a masters in Florentine Renaissance history, and  my professor Dale Kent displayed images of Giotto’s frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel as part of a lecture on patronage.

 

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