10 things to see absolutely in Padua

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Art, university tradition and spritz: what do three elements, apparently so distant from each other, have in common? The answer is simple: Padova!
The beautiful Venetian town, in continuous evolution, is not only the ideal hub to reach the main metropolises of the region, but it too is configured as dream destination for an unforgettable holiday, sipping the prince drink of the city, while breathing culture at every step. Ready to get to know the city protected by St. Anthony? Here 10 things not to be missed in Padua!


  1. Scrovegni Chapel
  2. Basilica of Sant'Antonio
  3. Palazzo del Bo
  4. Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta
  5. Botanical Garden
  6. Palazzo della Ragione
  7. Prato della Valle
  8. Clock tower
  9. Cathedral and Baptistery
  10. MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Scrovegni Chapel

All the inspiration, ingenuity and aesthetic sense that have made it so famous Giotto they are well summarized in the extraordinary cycle of frescoes which have made the Scrovegni Chapel one of the ten Padua wonders. The artist was commissioned to embellish this building dedicated to Reginaldo Scrovegni by his son Enrico in the distant 1303. The work, completed in just two years, marked the evolution in Giotto's artistic style, which laid the foundations for a more modern painting.

  • from the center of Padua, the Chapel can be reached by tram in 6 minutes, getting on the SIR1 vehicle from the Station r to the Eremitani stop.
  • Mon-Sun 09am - 00pm
  • it is necessary to book your visit to the Chapel by phone or online. Prices are: full € 13,00 (with this ticket you can also access the Eremitani Museum and Palazzo Zuckermann); reduced € 6,00 for students with university permit or card up to the age of 26 and for children between the ages of 6 and 17; reduced (facilitated) € 1,00 for children up to 5 years of age, handicapped persons with their accompanying persons

2 - Basilica of Sant'Antonio

It is the "abode of the Saint": this is what the Paduans like to call St. Anthony, Patron and Protector of the city of Padua. The Basilica is a riot of different architectural styles - from Romanesque to Gothic - which coexist well with each other. The interior, in addition to the relics of St. Anthony (carefully preserved in special display cases, visible to the public), it boasts the presence of seven chapels and an ambulatory, built in Gothic style. The fabulous frescoes inside and the equestrian monument to the Donatello's Gattamelata outside complete the work.

  • on foot, from the center you can reach the basilica in 10 minutes, starting from the east along Riviera Tito Livio and Via del Santo
  • from 26 March to 28 October Mon-Fri 06:20 - 19:45; from 29 October to 24 March Mon-Fri 06:20 - 18:45. Sat-Sun 06:20 - 19:45
  • free, free visit

3 - Palazzo del Bo

In Padua also the University - one of the oldest in the Bel Paese - becomes the top attraction of the locality. The Palazzo del Bo - so nicknamed in reference to the ox (bo, in Venetian dialect) - has hosted within its walls important personalities from the scientific world, such as Niccolò Copernico and Galileo Galilei (the University preserves the chair of the latter, still one of the main of the building). Among the numerous areas that are worth a visit, the most famous is the suggestive Anatomical Theater, the oldest building in the world built by Girolamo Fabrici d'Acquapendente.

  • proceeding north on Via VIII febbraio towards Via Municipio, Palazzo del Bo can be reached on foot in just a minute
  • winter (Nov 1 - Feb 28): Mon-Wed-Fri 14pm - 30pm; Tue-Thu-Sat 15:30 am - 10:30 am. Summer (11st Mar - 30st Oct): Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri 1pm - 31pm - 14pm; Tue-Thu-Sat 30:15 - 30:16 - 30:09
  • full € 7,00; reduced € 2,00

4 - Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta

The shopping and mundane moment of the city of Padua takes place all at Piazza delle Erbe and in the adjacent Fruit Square, lively and commercial areas where you can admire the daily life of the Paduan doc. The square, like the others in the center of the locality, owes its name to the function it once assumed in the commercial sphere. In fact, in Piazza delle Erbe it was customary to find sellers of leeks, onions and green leafy vegetables; today the area, connected to the nearby Piazza della Frutta by the covered passage known as "Volto della Corda" or "Canton delle busie" (in ancient times it was the flogging area of ​​liars and scammers), is home to the market, not just food , as well as the beating heart of the city.

  • on foot, in 2 minutes, proceeding west on Via S. Canziano towards Via delle Piazze
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5 - Botanical Garden

It is a real record attraction. Founded in 1545, the Paduan Botanical Garden is the oldest in the whole world. Awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the Botanical Garden, currently annexed to the University of Padua, now houses about 7 thousand plant species and also has a Biodiversity Garden, inaugurated in 2014.

  • by tram, board the SIR1 vehicle from Stazione r, to the Santo r stop; continue on foot for a short distance. Estimated time: 15 minutes
  • Nov-Mar 09:00 - 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday; Apr-May 09:00 - 19:00 every day; Jun-Sep 09:00 - 19:00 from Tuesday to Sunday; October Tue-Sun 09:00 - 18:00
  • full € 10,00; reduced for over € 658,00; reduced for children 6-18 years and university students with ID up to 26 years € 5,00. Free admission for the disabled and their companions and children up to the fifth year of age

6 - Palazzo della Ragione

It boasts an immense hall, along one floor, literally, the famous Palazzo della Ragione, symbol of the city of Padua. Originally used as seat of the city court this imposing building, a stone's throw from Piazza delle Erbe, boasts the presence in the very large hall of a myriad of frescoes along all the walls, which give elegance and charm to the environment. Unfortunately, Giotto's frescoes are absent, destroyed in the fire of 1420.

  • on foot, in 4 minutes, from the north along Via VIII Marzo and Via Guglielmo Oberdan
  • from Tuesday to Sunday, 1st February / 31st October 09:00 - 19:00; November 1st / January 31st 09:00 - 18:00
  • full € 6,00; reduced € 4,00. Disabled people and children up to 5 years enter for free

7 - Prato della Valle

It is second only to the famous Red Square in Moscow Prato della Vallebeyond 80 thousand square meters consisting of a channel, 78 statues depicting famous people of the past and of a central green area - the Memmia Island, named in honor of the mayor who commissioned the reconstruction of 1775 - reachable through one of the 4 bridges that connect as many crossed avenues.
Today Prato della Valle is one of the Paduan squares par excellence, a meeting place, relaxation and harmony.

  • on foot, through Via Roma and Via Umberto I, the square can be reached in 13 minutes
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8 - Clock Tower

Located in the elegant Piazza dei Signori we can admire the Clock Tower, not a simple dial that tells the time. The attraction, in fact, is also distinguished by indicating month, day, moon phase and astrological place. Following the restoration works, it is also possible to visit the tower internally, by booking guided tours, exclusively for groups.

  • on foot, in 5 minutes, through Piazza delle Erbe and Via Daniele Manin
  • Wed-Fri-Sat 09:30 - 11:45 am
  • free, free visit

9 - Cathedral and Baptistery

They are less famous than the Basilica of Sant'Antonio, probably, but Cathedral and Baptistery of Padua certainly deserve a thorough visit. Located in the square of the same name, the two buildings (the Duomo is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta) are embellished with harmonious and bright interiors and, in the case of the Baptistery, with truly suggestive frescoes, which stand out on the walls and dome of the structure: they are all work of Giusto de 'Menabuoi.

  • on foot, in 5 minutes, moving west on Via S. Canziano towards Via delle Piazze
  • Mon-Sun 10am - 00pm
  • € 2,80

10 - MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine

We could call it the "Wonderland" of medicine the MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine, built in 2015. Designed to satisfy young and old, the museum tells the story of the medical profession from ancient times to today, using all the most advanced technologies and "evergreen" interactivity. A real gem.

  • on foot, in 4 minutes, along via S.Francesco
  • Tue-Fri 14:30 - 19:00; Sat-Sun 09:30 - 19:00
  • full € 10,00; reduced over € 658,00; reduced for children from 4 to 17 years and for students up to 26 years with a university card € 6,00. Free admission for everyone on their birthday, for children under 4, for the disabled with a companion

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