An alternative to the guided excursion was to take the public bus to Padua which was stopping in front of my hotel. And on saturdays there is a big market in Padua. So I bought tickets in the hotel and took the bus quite early to go there. Since I stepped in at the second stop I had a seat for the 45 minute-trip. I left the bus in the city center and walked in the first church that I had mixed up with the Basilica I was looking for. When I realized that I had chosen the wrong church – Google maps and off to the right one. 😀
The Basilica of the Holy Antonio is for a saint who is in charge of helping stuff that got lost. So I left a candle there (you never know… 😉 ). There was quite a crowd and they had a one-way system of visiting the interior. I came out in the cloister gardens. There are several different chapels all attached to each other and several cloister gardens. Took me a while to get out again (I was playing Pokemon as well in the gardens 😀 ).
After I left the Basilica I tried to find the bus stop for the way back. Since I had left the bus on a one way street I didn’t know where the other one was. I didn’t want to go back yet but wanted to know where I had to go. Didn’t find anything. So I went to the central square with the market and checked for a geocache. Yeah, always busy with stuff…. 😉 There were some nice side-streets in the area but I didn’t really see that much even if I walked several kilometers. It started to get hot though and I decided to go back to the hotel. I had a schedule and could see that it wouldn’t take too long to wait for the bus. So I went to a bus station that I had seen before leaving the bus. Unfortunately the bus was crowded as there were school kids. For me that was difficult because my legs were tired. But I had some really nice tourists on the bus who had been in the one in the morning as well. And one of them gave me her seat – which was very, very friendly of them.
I wanted to go back to Padua on my last day before leaving – more clothes to buy since the market in Montegrotto was not available the second time I wanted to go. But I was sick and stayed in bed instead of going back to Padua… 🙁 Next time I guess… 😉