XII International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes
29 August - 3 September 2010
Padova, Italy
City of Padova


Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa) is better known as the city of St. Anthony and it is one of the most important art cities in Italy. It is the capital of Padova province, in Veneto, and the economic and communications hub of the province. Padua's population is 212,500 (2008).

Padova stands on the Bacchiglione River, and Brenta river (which once passed inside the city) still touches northern districts, 40 km west of Venice and 29 km southeast of Vicenza. Its agricultural setting is the Pianura Veneta, the “Venetian plain”, to the city's south west lies the Euganaean Hills, praised by Lucan and Martial, Petrarch, Ugo Foscolo, and Shelley.

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.

Padova is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

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About the Area

The Veneto Region is not only a district of great interest in itself, it is also the starting point for a wide variety of itineraries, each one offering fascinating opportunities to become more familiar with the history, art, folklore, cuisine and wines of the different communities of the area.
Coming to Italy is in a way like going back to former ages and rediscovering how Science, Literature and the Arts developed through the centuries. A visit to Venice and Padova will show you how the different periods, in particular the Renaissance, left their mark and heritage in terms of architecture, sculptures and paintings.

Venice doesn’t need any introduction:  you only have to take a short walk into the maze of tiny narrow streets and across the  myriads of bridges  to experience its unique atmosphere.

Padova, just like Bologna, Paris, Oxford and Cambridge, has an old University,  dating back to 1222, to which it owes its fame as one of the great cultural centres of the Western world.
Copernicus, Galileo, Pico della Mirandola, Torquato Tasso, Carlo Goldoni, Ugo Foscolo and Giuseppe Tartini were all pre-eminent scholars at this University.
Modern medicine was born here thanks to Gian Battista da Monte, the first in Europe to teach clinical medicine at the patient’s bedside.

The first university botanical garden was opened to the public in 1545. This University, which was the first to use the autopsy to advance medical knowledge, also built the first permanent anatomical theatre (1594-5).

Travelling Around the Area

Abano-Montegrotto Terme
Internationally renowned for their hot springs, Abano and Montegrotto Terme are also the starting point for various artistic and cultural excursions. A fascinating opportunity to get to know the area’s art, folklore, traditions and culinary specialities.

While the itineraries in the hills twist and turn along the panoramic roads and the more than twenty trails with picnic facilities in the
Euganean Hills, the historical itineraries include visits to the hermitage of Mount Rua, the Benedictine Abbey of Praglia built in 1124, the Roman and pre-Roman sections of the Este museum and the medieval cities of Montagnana and Arquΰ Petrarca.

This walled city with its twenty-four towers is one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of a small medieval town.

Arquΰ Petrarca, that still maintains all its old medieval charm, became quite an important site as the final resting place of the poet Francesco Petrarca.
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