Day 35 – Padua

Today we visit the Scrovegni Chapel, renowned for its frescos by Giotto. The visit is well organized with only a limited number of visitors allowed per half-hour session. First we watch a video about the chapel.

I take photos of a few bits of Giotto’s frescos.

They are all beautiful, but maybe my choice reflects my physical state.

Giotto painted vices and virtues on the lowest level of frescoes. I think this one represents Avarice.

Flowers brighten the path around the exterior of the chapel.

This mophead hydrangea catches my eye. I am using Seek app to identify plants, as is becoming my habit.

In the Museo Eremitani, we come across paintings by Ginevra Cantofoli, a woman artist who worked in the 1600s.

The museum shows an exhibit of Olimpia Biasi’s works that reflects her interest in nature and texture. She made this piece from strips of fabric.

She includes many natural objects in her pieces.

The museum also displays works of Giotto that have been brought to the museum for preservation.

New contrasts with old at a crossing of the River Bacchiglione in Padua.

We visit the Palazzo Zuckermann where an exhibit covers the life of Rosa Genoni, (1867-1954), a fashion designer, teacher, journalist and political activist. She is considered the true creator of Made in Italy fashion Italy.

Under these mounds of prosciutto lie slices of melon I enjoy for lunch.

We next visit the Tipoteca Foundation Museum in Cornuda, where we see various presses and learn about how printing has changed over the centuries.

The director describes differences between early German and Italian typefaces.

The workings of the Linotype machine are very complicated and also very interesting.

This extremely tiny type was used to print columns in a newspaper. Each number had to be set by hand.

Upstairs at the museum, we visit an exhibit on the herborium.

It displays antique books on plants and related items.

In the evening we dine at an Agriturismo in Marostica.

This garage contains a few of agriculture-related items, but the place is mostly a restaurant and lodge.

I order a meat stew with polenta, one of the best meals I’ve had so far this trip.

Since we are in a region known for grappa, we decide to try it. Homemade grappa is set on the table along with some commercial grappa which tastes much harsher.

Photos of olden times adorn the walls.

The place is filled with diners. This young group prefers their phones to after dinner chats.

Tomorrow is sure to bring another adventure.

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