A place of art and culture, Padua is a welcoming city which guides you around its cobblestone lanes, squares and monuments, making you feel (without any pomp or circumstance) the presence of traces from its past. The birthplace of Humanism and one of the main centres of the Renaissance, Padua holds some of the most important works of art from the 14th and 15th centuries. From frescoes by Giotto in Scrovegni Chapel to those by Mantegna in the Eremitic Church, you can't help yourself from walking along the river to Saint-Antoine Basilica. A destination for pilgrims from all over the world, the church attracts art enthusiasts, with its extraordinary altar by Donatello. Padua is a city of art, but also of science and learning. Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, it has welcomed famous painters, intellectuals, and scientists, all of whom are represented by the 78†statues surrounding Prato della Valle. This huge square, where green vegetation mixes with images of some of the most illustrious cultural figures, represents the spirit of Padua, suspended as it is between the past and the present.