Padua is a city in Veneto, northern Italy. It claims to be the oldest city in northern Italy. In its more recent history, it passed under Venetian rule (1405-1797) and Austrian rule (1797-1866) before being annexed to Italy. Also, it is worth mentioning that it hosts the University of Padua which was founded in 1222 – Galileo Galilei was a lecturer here. Padua is a picturesque city, where one can find a lot of must-see venues, such as the Scrovegni Chapel – which houses some important frescoes by Giotto -, Palazzo della Ragione, Piazza dei Signori, Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova, as well as many noble villas, quite typical in Veneto (Villa Contarini, Villa Molin, Villa Mandriola among others).