I had a great time on my visit to Padova earlier this year. It is a thriving university city that successfully mixes the old with the new.
One place that does the mix very well is the famous Caffe Pedrocchi.
Antonio Pedrocchi began his caffe in 1831. It was designed by Giuseppe Jappelli in the form of an arcade. The narrow south front, with its small Doric loggia, looks onto the university.
The wide front on the north has two small Doric loggias and a double central gallery in Ionic and Corinthian style. Pedrocchi wanted the comfort of his cafe to surpass all others in Padova.
I visited the cafe a couple of times during my visit. It is the perfect place for aperitivo. Despite less than perfect weather I sat outside on the terrace to watch the passing parade.
It is also excellent for lunch.
They have a signature coffee. It is an espresso with a topping of mint cream…delicious.
Don’t miss Caffe Pedrocchi when you go to Padova.