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He is one of the most popular saints in the whole Catholic Church, venerated not only in Padua, where a splendid basilica was built, which houses his mortal remains, but in the whole world.





3 posted on 02/10/2010 10:43:56 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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I spent almost a full month in a little hotel (al Fagiano) about a block away from del Santo. Took my morning coffee and brioche creme in the Piazza every day. They have a truly impressive collection of the relics of St. Anthony. Well worth the trip.

If you go to Italy, I highly recommend taking a few days to stay in Padova. It is far more affordable than Venice (and the people are FAR FAR friendlier). It has a lot of history and art (as you can see in the Blue Guide). (The bonus is that the hotels are also far more affordable than other more touristy spots). Suggestion: if you're driving, make that a base and then drive to Venice (Mestre) -- about 25 miles -- and Verona -- about 50 miles. (On a practical note, if you are military or retired military, you are really close, about 20 miles, to Vicenza and Caserne Ederle...where you can restock on things American, if needed)

4 posted on 02/11/2010 3:03:12 AM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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