BEST WESTERN Hotel Biri Padova
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... my Russian partner in crime, who's been absent the past two days, and who also never speaks.
+ Alice, a nice lady from Brazil, who already had some Italian and is only here this week. She will speak up now and again.
+ Justin, the strong and silent priest from India, who never, ever speaks.
And then there's me -- the grammar wonk who questions everything:
"Why is it 'le bracchia' -- I thought 'braccio' (arm) was maschile?" (It is when singular, but ...
... the amazing relief sculpture panels showing the life of St Anthony round his tomb and the miracles he had performed. Outside is Donatello's monument to Gattamelata, The Honeyed Cat, as the condottiere Erasamo da Narni was known. It is the earliest large bronze sculpture of the Renaissance but basically just a man on a horse!
Padova's garden is the Orto Botanico del Padova, which was ...
VENICE Why visit Venice? Dirty, smelly, ridiculously expensive, most things need maintenance and the locals are mostly indifferent (if not rude). The answer is; visit Venice because if you scrape off the top layer of grime you find a hidden jewel with a fascinating history. Not to mention the art, the music, the characters and the small winding streets ...
... so extraordinarily special are the incredible frescoes by Giotto, which have guaranteed the artist's immortality, if not his patron's place in heaven.
It is probably a bit crass to describe the magical and revolutionary Giotto frescoes as being a bit like a comic strip. There are two narratives laid around the walls, one telling the story of the life of the Virgin Mary, the other telling the story of Jesus; both laid out in a series of comic-style panels. With the ...
... tongue seems to be intact. This is how it was found when one hundred years after his death his tomb was opened for the second stage of the basilica's construction -- a fitting sign for a saint whose preaching drew thousands into the church.
The second main attraction in Padua is the Scrovegni Chapel, commissioned by Enrico Scovegni. It is also called Arena Chapel because Enrico used land which was part of an ancient Roman arena. ...