My dearest, I am busier than usual these days: the Global Health Festival is opening in Padua tomorrow. It is a 3-day conference tackling a variety of subjects connected to global health (access to medical treatment, vaccines, health and climate changes, relation between disease, globalisation, wars and poverty, new achievements in medicine). It is the first such event in Europe. Not bad at all…

“Of course, Padua was chosen as the hosting venue of such an important scientific event, and the reason is easily explained: Padua is regarded as the cradle of modern science”


Its university, founded in 1222, is one of the oldest in the world. In 1405, with Padua under the rule of the Republic of Venice, for Padua university the period of its maximum splendour began. From the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, the university of Padua was an international study and research centre, thanks to the freedom and autonomy secured by the Republic of Venice, which kept it as the Republic’s scientific and cultural hub. The university of Padua attracted distinguished professors from all over Europe, and the best professors attracted the best students.
Among professors who taught at the university of Padua there were Galileo Galilei, Santorio Santorio and Giovanni Battista Morgagni, the founder of modern pathological anatomy.
Just think that, for the purpose of teaching pathological anatomy through the dissection of corpses, in 1595 the world’s first anatomical theatre was inaugurated in Padua. This artifact is still perfectly preserved in the Bo Palace, the seat of Padua university, whose emblem is a bucranium (an ox skull).

Still in Padova, as a tribute to its scientific vocation, the Museum of History of Medicine was inaugurated in 2015, which narrates the extraordinary journey of Medicine from ancient discipline to modern science and which attracts 50 thousand visitors a year.

The BBC too has written an article on the scientific vocation of Padua:


The Global Health Festival is indeed a unique opportunity for an updating on the health of global population and on the challenges for the future, but at the same time, it is a perfect opportunity to discover Padua. All the lectures, in fact, are held in various historic and symbolic places in town, all located in the historic centre. This will give everyone the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere of Padua, to stroll on the squares and sit for a spritz or a cup of coffee at Caffè Pedrocchi.

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“I was about to forget… My Valier tote – functional yet elegant –  is accompanying me to the lectures. It is going to be 3 full busy days when not only will I need all my essentials but I will also have a lot of documents to collect.

My Valier tote and myself: together at all times on important occasions”.

We’ll be in touch soon, my dear…

Gunilla V.