The Padua Summer School
Author:Office of International Affairs            Date:2016-12-21            Browse:1282

Venice and Asiago are two different places in Italy. One is a city famous for its long architectural history of and the changes throughout the city’s history. Another important reason is for the rivers and cannels inside the city. On the river, the sliding Gondola is a sliding history. On the main island of Venice, countless basilicas fill the city. Not mention the different kinds of architectures and estates in the city. Wherever you go, there will be a house that famous people used to live in.

Every region of Venice has its own characteristics. Murano is an Island full of color and glass. Almost every building has its own color to show its uniqueness. During the tour of Murano, we visited the glass making factory where we saw the outstanding skills of the glass makers. They blew, twisted, cut and used other expert skills to make a glass cat in a really short time.

The most popular site of Venice certainly goes to St Mark’s Square. Doge Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica have stood for hundreds of years on the square for tourists from all over the world to admire. The most precious experience during staying in Venice was the special guided tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica where we spent almost an hour marveling at the massive Gothic style architecture. When we entered the main room of the basilica, the light were still off. But when it approached to 7 o’clock, following the bell ringing outside, the bright lights hiding in all the different area of the basilica light up the whole ceiling and walls. A golden mosaic unfolded before our eyes. The scene in front of us was truly astonishing, which gave us a solemn feeling of the holy ceremony (lighting up the whole church to show the whole view of her). Though the introduction by Veronica, we knew that the Saint Mark basilica is for commemorating the memory of Mark the Evangelist who is regarded as the author of the Holy Bible. His sign is the winged lion which become symbol of Venice later on.

After saying goodbye to our time in Venice, we went on to the mountainous area—Asiago. Asiago is a small town located in the Alps. One thing to add is this was is my first tour to the traditional town in Europe. The air, the views and of course the people gave me a strong impression. The air there is nearly unpolluted; dairy cattle can be seen everywhere there is a grassland; the endless green landscape is studded with colorful houses and farms; the people there always carry a sweet smile and will say “Ciao” to you. Those pictures make up my unforgettable reminiscence of beautiful Asiago.

During our days in Asiago, we also went to Padua and Vicenza—cities famous for their historical coloring and flavor of the times. Different kinds of doodles decorate the old buildings and walls and give these two cities another taste of the combination of fashion and pastime. In the city, we met Andrea Palladio though his architecture in Padua—Teatro Olimpico; Basilica Palladiana, which gave us a whole view of outstanding of architect.

Though the Padua Summer School, not only did learn a lot about the history of Padua, Venice and Vicenza, but also I acquired knowledge of neuroscience, botany, astronomy, etc. It’s worth coming here and it’s a privilege to come here.

                                                        ---By Wang Han, School of Life Science and Technology