The city of Saint Anthony
30 kilometres north of Padua lies Camposampiero. Founded by the Romans but with a medieval layout, it boasts numerous historical monuments, the most important of which are associated with the brief stay of Saint Anthony of Padua. These include the Walnut Tree Sanctuary, built in the 15th century on the site of a walnut tree that the saint climbed during his sermons to the villagers, and the Sanctuary of the Vision, where he stayed before his death in 1231.
Religious buildings include the Oratory of the Madonna della Salute and the Church of St Mark the Evangelist. Founded in the 12th century, but remodelled several times, it houses a fresco from the early 16th century, attributed to Jacopo Bassano, and two 18th-century paintings by Sebastiano Ricci. The star building is undoubtedly the feudal castle, now the seat of the municipal administration, next to the clock tower.
In April, the route Saint Anthony took before his death is commemorated with the passage of the Saint Anthony Marathon between Campodarsego, Camposampiero and Padua. Nearby, on 13th June, the Sagra del Santo festival is held, during which workshops are set up where children can make crafts.