Padua is one of the largest cities in the North-East of Italy. With its inland port, it is well known for being a centre for trade and commerce. The city, founded 3000 years ago, has stood out in European history because of its ancient university. Padua’s urban landscape is full of historical artifacts and architecture with different European influences. Padua was under Venetian rule from the 15th to the 18th century, this connection to Venice has been important for its standing in Europe. The city is still expanding and developing, new residents who are attracted by employment opportunities, are constantly bringing international trade and introducing new cultures.