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Information about PADOVA Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony or as the economic capital of Veneto, Padova is one of the most important Art Cities in Italy. Its face is marked by 3000 years of history. Founded as a fishermen's village, it became the most important centre of the Venetians. Padua underwent the invasion of the Longobards and in the Middle Ages it faced a dark period because of the domination of some powerful families: the Ezzelino, the Della Scala and the Da Carrara families. Only in 1405 it became part of the Republic of Venice and its history. In 1848 Padua took part in the revolts against the Austrians and got free from them only in 1866. Today Padua is an important university town which was founded in 1222. Besides being a great college town, Padova offers a plethora of artistic and historical sights. Like most Italian cities, there is a lot to discover about the past and even more to learn about the current people and culture. The animated historic center, with its vivacious squares, open galleries, splendid palaces, boasts artistic and architectural treasures. Being one of the most important medieval and Renaissance cities in Italy where Dante and Copernicus studied here, Petrarch and Galileo taught here, Padova is a vital city, with a young university population that gets about by bicycle and keeps the city's piazzas and cafes alive. The historical hub of town is still very evocative of the days when the city and its university flourished in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance as a center of learning and art.
 
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CLOTHING - TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES
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EDUCATION & TRAINING
ELECTRONICS & ELECTROTHECHNICS
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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MECHANIC - HYDRAULIC & PNEUMATIC INDUSTRY
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MOTORING
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ITALIA

General Information
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Population: 60,157,214 (April 2009).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +39
Emergency number: 112/113
Timezone: +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Government
Government: Republic

Religion
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Country roads: 90/110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: EU pink format licences are valid in Italy but old-style green licences (without photos) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Monday (variable), Apr 25 Liberation Day, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A781114182225252116129
P7162575146371521639912993
S44678911108644
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800/ 3G 2100 & HSPA

GPS
GPS: 41 54 N, 12 29 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Food shops are often closed Wednesday afternoon.


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