Elegant Padova -- known in English as Padua -- is home to an ancient university, a Basilica that is an important centre for pilgrims and a chapel containing one of the world’s greatest art treasures. Use this website to help you plan a visit to this fascinating northern Italian city and find your way to the other beautiful towns and villages in the Veneto that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Elegant Caffe Pedrocchi part of Padova's history

The historic Caffe Padrocchi is at the heart
of daily life in Padova
Right in the centre of Padova, the Caffe Pedrocchi has for nearly two centuries been a meeting place for business people, students, intellectuals and writers.
Founded by coffee maker Antonio Pedrocchi in 1831, the café was designed in neoclassical style by architect Giuseppe Jappelli and each side is edged with Corinthian columns.
Caffe Pedrocchi quickly became a centre for the Risorgimento movement, which was dedicated to liberating Italy from Austrian rule.
The café also became popular with students and artists because of its location in Via VIII Febbraio close to Palazzo Bo, the main university building. It was at the centre of a student uprising in 1848.
It later became famous even outside Padova as a venue that never closed its doors, where people were welcome to come to talk, read, play cards and debate as well as to eat or drink, at any hour of the day.
The upstairs rooms are elaborately decorated in medieval, Moorish, Egyptian and Greek style and are now used for lectures, concerts and exhibitions.
Caffe Pedrocchi has become a Padova institution and is a must-see sight for visitors. You can enjoy coffee, drinks and snacks all day in the elegant surroundings. A lunch menu is served between 12.30 and 14.30 every day except Wednesdays.

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