February 27Albert visited Padua, the Italian city located in Venice for a scientific and cultural visit.
Albert began his visit to Palazzo Bo, the historic headquarters of the University of Padua that celebrates its 800th birthday this year.
Accompanied by Professor Daniela Mapelli, dean of the University, the Sovereign was able to discover various historical halls including the oldest Anatomical Theater dating back to 1594 as well as the "Aula Magna", a classroom in which Galilee taught mathematics there.
He then participated in a seminar during which He has presented the work carried out by the University on sustainable development.
After lunch in the presence of Padua Mayor Sergio Giordani, and other city representatives, Albert visited the Botanical Garden where he first visited the newly opened Botanical Museum. Then he continued his journey through the garden and the different greenhouses of biodiversity. The world's first university botanical garden, "Orto Botanico", founded in 1545, has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 It belongs to the Italian state but is on a permanent loan to the University of Padua, which, since the garden was created, has been the sole entity responsible for its management and maintenance.
In the afternoon, he was received by Father Antonio Ramina, rector of the Basilica of Saint Antoine of Padoue. During this visit, he visited the chapel of the relics of St. Antoine and his tomb, the chapel of the Blessed Luca Belludi, the Chapel of St. James, the altar, and the choir.
Destination for millions of pilgrims each year and a place of international worship, the Basilica of Saint Antoine is also an unmissable monument of architectural history and art, including fourteenth-century painting.
The day ended with a visit to the laboratories of the Foundation for Advanced Biomedical Research, V.I.M.M. Established in 1996 by Professor Francesco Pagano, the Foundation is one of the pillars of excellence internationally for cellular and molecular biology research. It promotes and implements scientific research projects in an academic context.
This principle visit will allow for exchanges with the University and the Foundation for Advanced Biomedical Research for future collaborations between Padua and the Principality.