THINGS NOT TO MISS
The Scrovegni Chapel cycle of frescoes is considered one of the greatest art masterpieces of the Italian and European 14th century painting. It is the most complete and best preserved cycle of frescoes painted by the Tuscan master Giotto. Colours and light, poetry and pathos. God and Man. Nature and History, Human feelings and Faith mix together in a unique and inimitable style, which totally transformed the language of Western art.
The Basilica of St. Anthony, often called Basilica del Santo, is a complex stately religious building which was started in 1232, a year after St. Anthony's death. The outside of the Basilica is a mixture of Lombard, Tuscan and Byzantine styles; the 8 domes and the 2 bell-towers are built in the oriental style. The golden angel on the highest dome is said to turn following the winds, thus giving exact weather forecast. The 3 bronze portals of the façade were planned by Camillo Boito (1895).
Palazzo della Ragione
The Palazzo della Ragione was built in 1218 and enlarged in 1306. Until 1797 it was used as city council's assembly hall and palace of justice (hence the appelation della Ragione, meaning of reason). The upper floor, called "il Salone", is a vast hall, one of the largest medieval halls of the world (mt. 81x27x27h). It has a beautiful wooden ceiling and is decorated by an astounding cycle of frescoes depicting the astrological theories of Pietro d'Abano, a professor at La Sorbonne in Paris and later at Padua University in the 13th century.
Palazzo del Bo - University of Padova
For Paduans, it had already been a landmark for almost a century: an inn with the sign of the ‘Bo’ – the Ox – had already been mentioned in a document of 1364 under the name of Hospitium Bovis. The name may derive from its proximity to the quarter traditionally occupied by the Bechariarum (butchers) or by the fact that cattle were traded there in former times. But the original core of the Bo is much older, as there were buildings on the site as early as the 13th century; according to scholars, .... Read more
Orto Botanico - University of Padova
Created in 1545 on the property of the Benedictine monks of St. Justine, the Botanical Garden of Padova is the oldest existing university botanical garden in the world. The Senate of the Venetian Republic approved its foundation for the cultivation of medicinal plants, which later constituted the largest portion of the so-called "simple" herbs, i.e. medicaments of natural origin. This is why early botanical gardens .... Read more
Venice is still the most popular tourist attraction in northeast Italy. Train is the fastest connection between Padua and Venice. The average travel time between the two cities is 25 minutes. Trains from Padua are leaving approximately every 50 minutes.
Spritz and shopping
You can drink a spritz in most of the bars in Padua, but the best place to do this is definitely in the downtown "Piazze" (squares). There are plenty of outdoor cafes, where you can enjoy an aperitif in a historical and artistic context. Enjoy!