About Padua (known as Padova in Italian):
Padua is a picturesque city with beautiful architecture, gardens and museums. It is also the seat of also the University of Padua, which during the Middle Ages and Renaissance gained renown and was even host to Galileo at one time. The city retains much of its character today and is a great place to spend a few days.
Padua offers several places of interest for Catholics:
Basilica of Saint Justina (relics of Saint Luke the Evangelist)
Traveling to Padua:
Padua is about 30 miles west of Venice and included in some group tours. In fact, if you are traveling on a budget, you might want to consider staying in Padua and taking the 30-minute train ride in to Venice. Hotels in Padua can cost half what they do in Venice and the train is inexpensive. Padua is also easily reached from cities such as Rome (about 3 hours). Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here
By car the trip takes about one hour from Padua to Venice–but then you have find somewhere to park your car.