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Cycle Tour Po Valley - Gotthard Pass - Basel

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Elevation profile Cycle Tour Po Valley - Gotthard Pass - Basel

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Padua, Veneto, IT (18 m NHN)

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Basel, Basel-Stadt, CH (258 m NHN)


Die Tour beginnt in Padua, verläuft entlang des Brenta-Kanals nach Venedig. Ab hier folgt sie dem Radweg EuroVelo 8: Mittelmeer-Route über die Lagune an der Küste entlang bis vor das Po-Delta. Ein Abstecher ins Delta erfolgt auf dem BI-2. Zurück auf dem EV8 dann mit wenigen Abstechern entlang des Po bis Pavia. Ab dort dann auf den EuroVelo 5 "Via Romea Francigena" (EV5) über Mailand nach Como. Weiter geht es entlang des Luganer Sees und weiter nach Bellinzona.

Ab hier bieten sich mehrere Möglichkeiten mit der Eisenbahn an, um die Höhenmeter des Alpenanstieges zu überwinden.



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Wer den Pass mit dem Rad erklimmen möchte, muss sich von Airolo bis zur Passhöhe auf Kopfsteinpflaster einstellen. Der Pass ist geöffnet von ca. Mai bis Oktober.

Entlang des Vierwaldstättersees zwischen Flüelen und Brunnen führt die Route über die enge, stark befahrene und sehr gefährliche Axenstrasse. Dieses Stück kann man am schönsten mit dem Ausflugsschiff über den Vierwaldstättersees vermeiden.

Es geht dann auf dem EV5 bis Aarau. Um die Höhen des Jura zu ersparen, folgt die Tour ab dort dem Radweg Mittelland-Route bis in Rheintal. Den Hochrhein geht es hinunter auf dem Radweg Rhein-Route bis Basel.

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IT-35141 Padova


Old town

Prato della Valle in Padua with Basilica of Saint Anthony
Palazzo della Ragione seen from Piazza delle Erbe, Padua
Street in the Old Town of Padua
The Observatory of Padua in the tower of the former castle

Padua (Italian: Padova [ˈpaːdova], Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa, German Padua (historically: Esten)) is a city and comune in the Veneto, northern Italy.

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.


The Padua Card allows you to visit most churches and all museums as well as to use the public transport for €15.

  • Saint Anthony's cathedral (Basilica di Sant'Antonio), Piazza del Santo (limited traffic area,parking in Prato della Valle+free shuttle bus line n° 3-8-11-12-13-16-18-22-32-43-Minibus Piazze-A-M-T and tramway line 1 stop "Basilica del Santo"-"Santa Giustina"-"Prato della Valle"),  +39 0498789722. Every day, 6.20 - 19.00 (DST 19.45). Saint Anthony's Basilica is the best-known tourist site in Padova - millions of pilgrims visit every year. Built immediately after "The Saint's" death in the 1200s, it houses his tomb and notable relics. The statues and crucifix on the main altar are by Donatello, as is the statue of horse and rider in the square in front of the church (called "Gattamelata" - "the honeyed cat"). Free entrance. 
  • Oratorio de San Giorgio. A beautiful, frescoed, and generally empty hall on the south side of the piazza next to the Basilica di Sant'Antonio. The paintings were done by two of Giotto's students, and though they are not as magnificent as those in the Capella degli Scrovegni, you can sit down and gaze at them undisturbed for as long as you like. Admission €2.50. 
  • Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni), Corso Garibaldi (parking near bus station, bus lines n° 3-8-9-10- (stop "Corso Garibaldi") 7-9-4-15 (stop "Piazzale Boschetti")),  +39 0492010020. Every day, 9.00-19.00. The Chapel is in the north of the city center, not far from the bus and train stations. The walls and ceilings are covered in frescos by Giotto, completed in 1303-1305. The chapel has been well preserved and the art is very impressive. Some of the techniques used were well ahead of their time. A must-see for art and art history fans. €12 full price, €5 student price (including Eremitani Civic Museum and Contemporary Art Museum).
    Notice: Reserve your ticket/timeslot in advance or go very early. In the off-season, the wait from purchase to first available timeslot is about 4 hours unless you arrive before the hordes; in summer it's probably even longer. When you are admitted, you will be held for 15 minutes in a antechamber to lower body humidity which would otherwise damage the frescoes. During this time, you'll see a documentary presenting the chapel and its history. Then you will be allowed 15 minutes to see the frescoes before being shepherded out.
  • At 90.000 square meters, Prato della Valle is the biggest square in Europe and probably one of the most beautiful in the World. Historically a Roman theater and later a fairground, it was redone in 1775 to the present layout: a large central grassy area, surrounded by a statue-lined canal, then a broad expanse of flagstones before a couple lanes of traffic are allowed to trickle around it in the distance. Saturdays the square hosts a giant market. Other large events occur frequently (concerts, fairs, etc.). The area around the canal is well-used by joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers. The square is also a great place to sit in the evening, relaxing and watching the world go by. The statues appear to have been placed precisely to be good backrests.
  • Santa Giustina Basilica is along one side of Prato della Valle. When you visit, don't miss the Martyr's Hallway off of the right-front corner of the basilica.
  • Roman ruins, including an Arena. The Arena is smaller and less impressive than those in Verona or Rome, but well-located in a lovely and well-maintained park. About three quarters of the Arena walls remain; the rest were removed to make way for the Scrovegni Chapel and Scrovegni Palace (the latter now long gone). In summertime, open-air movies are shown in the Arena.
  • Chiesa Eremitani (near Scrovegni's Chapel). The church with an unusual wooden ceiling was badly damaged in WWII, and much of its artwork was destroyed, but what remains is beautiful. 
  • The Duomo, or cathedral, is smaller than the two basilicas but not by much - don't be misled by the relatively small façade on Piazza del Duomo. Michaelangelo was involved in the cathedral's design. Inside, there are some surprisingly modern touches among the statues and artwork. The duomo is mostly known for its baptistry which is filled with frescoes in late medieval style.
    Note: The cathedral closes during lunch, with no visible hours posted beside the doors. If they're closed, try again later.
  • Next door to the cathedral is the Baptistry, with impressive frescos by Giotto.
  • Astronomic Observatory (La Specola), 5, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio (bus n° 12 or 18, stop "Via P. Paoli", turn to via S. Alberto Magno to reach the Specola tower),  +39 0498759840. Sa-Su 11.00-16.00 (18.00 May-Oct).. Although the observatory was build after Galileo's time in Padua, you'll learn a lot about his significance for the research in Padua. You reach the top of the tower after a lecture of about one hour and can enjoy the view. Tickets at the Oratorio S. Michele, Piazzetta S. Michele, 1: 50 meters from the Specola, through the arcade on the right before the little bridge
  • Palazzo della Ragione. The large building located between Piazza della Frutta and Piazza delle Erbe. Its ground floor hosts small market shops. The upper floor is a single large hall housing artwork and occasional exhibitions. 
  • Jewish Ghetto (between Piazza della Frutta, the Duomo, and via Roma). Characterized by narrow streets and many small art galleries and bars where to enjoy a "spritz". 
  • Palazzo del Bo', The main university building. Padua's university is the second oldest in Italy (founded 1222). Gallileo taught at the university in the late 1500s/early 1600s..  
  • Botanic Garden. The world's oldest still operating botanic garden, operated by the University of Padua, and on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997. It isn't a large garden, but subtly laid out to swallow groups of people and give the impression of solitude. Do not miss the carnivorous plants, or the wooded hill at the southeast corner mounted by a double helix pair of paths. Admission ranges from free (for some university students) to €1 (for other university students) to €4-5 for everyone else. 
  • Most of the City walls of Padua have been made into the borders of people's back yards, but you can still roughly follow their route. At the northern gates leading towards the train station is a terraced garden leading up to the old water tower.
  • If you have extra time before your bus or train, visit Tempio Antonio della Pace, the large brick church a few minutes' walk away. The interior is light and airy - very appropriate for a place dedicated to Peace - and the walls are a subtle but moving memorial to the 5401 WWI soldiers and 989 civilian victims of WWII who are buried there.
  • Belzoni Museo-Laboratorio di Antichi Strumenti Scientifici, Via Speroni Sperone, 39/41,  +37 49 655157. School hours (9:30-12:30 weekdays) and certain Saturdays. This is a very peculiar museum, a collection of old scientific instruments assembled by Professor Pietro Paolo Gallo, a teacher of physics at a technical highschool, which also houses the museum in a couple of its rooms. No one speaks anything but Italian, and they are not prepared for anything more than a few enthusiasts. Tell the secretary at the school's entrance that you would like to see the scientific instruments, and she will attempt to find Professor Gallo for you. Free admission, but Professor Gallo has a few instruments he cannot identify, and you may be interrogated if you have any knowledge of what they might be.. 
  • Eremitani Civic Museum (Museo Civico Agli Eremitani), Piazza Eremitani 8. The museum is divided into an archeological section and a picture gallery, which has a very important collection with Tizian, Tintoretto, Giotto and Bellini among other important painters. 

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IT-35141 Padova




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IT-35122 Padova


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Montag - Samstags von 9.00 bis 19.00 Uhr.


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IT-35124 Padova


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IT-30039 Stra



The main facade of the Villa Pisani, Stra
False facade and stables of Villa Pisani, Stra
Villa Pisani - La Nazionale, Stra

Villa Pisani is the name shared by a number of villas commissioned by the patrician Pisani family of Venice. However, Villa Pisani usually refers to a large, late baroque villa at Stra on the mainland of the Veneto, northern Italy. It was begun in the early 18th century for Alvise Pisani, the most prominent member of the Pisani family, who was appointed doge in 1735. The initial models of the palace by Paduan architect Girolamo Frigimelica still exist, but the design of the main building was ultimately completed by Francesco Maria Preti.

From the outside, the facade of the over sized palace appears to command the site, facing the Brenta canal some 30 kilometers from Venice. The villa is part of a series of villas, which the Venetian noble families and merchants started to build in the 15th century. However, unlike the earlier buildings, which were designed as to be a pleasure house and an agricultural enterprise, Villa Pisani was primarily built as a demonstration of the power achieved by the family, since one of them, Alvise Pisani, was elected doge in 1735.

The broad façade is topped with statuary, and presents an exuberantly decorated center entrance with monumental columns shouldered by caryatids. It shelters a large complex with two inner courts and acres of gardens, stables, and a maze. Giovanni Tiepolo decorated the massive frescoed ceiling depicting the Glory of the Pisani family (painted 1760–1762). Additional frescoes and paintings are by his son Gian Domenico Tiepolo, Crostato, Jacopo Guarana, Jacopo Amigoni, P.A. Novelli, and Gaspare Diziani. The bombastic allusions of the ceiling echo hollow in the now uninhabited shell of a palace. The remainder of its nearly 100 rooms are now eerily empty; on the first floor there are several rooms with furniture of the 18th and 19th century.

Deserted by its eponymous family, the villa has had a share of notable and infamous visitors: Napoleon I who acquired the villa in 1807. It has been a national monument since 1882. Here Adolf Hitler first conferred with Benito Mussolini in 1934.

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Hours of opening

From April 1 to September 30, 2014: 9:00 to 20:00
From October 1 to October 25, 2014: 9:00 to 18:00
From October 26, 2014 to March 31, 2015: 9:00 to 17:00
Last admission 1 hour before closing.





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