What to see in Padua in 3 days

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Padua is aauthentic pearl of Veneto absolutely to see: the city of Sant'Antonio, of the famous University that boasts an ancient history, of numerous squares that must be lived and seen, but it is also and above all the city of frescoes, in fact it has become famous for collecting the largest number of frescoes dating back to the distant fourteenth century. Here is a guide to discovering this magnificent city, full of charm and authentic wonders.
Here's what to see in Padua in 3 days.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Scrovegni Chapel, Eremitani Civic Museums

Start your visit to the famous Venetian city in the best way by having breakfast at Caffetteria Europa with croissant and coffee starting from € 5,00 per person.
Really within walking distance (4 minute walk), you will see the famous Scrovegni Chapel: it is one of the most important masterpieces kept in this city, famous for keeping inside the best known cycle of wall sculptures in the world; among the best known and most spectacular representations are the episodes from the life of Christ and the life of Mary. Admission costs € 13,00 (including booking fee) and the ticket also includes a visit to the nearby (2 minutes on foot) Eremitani Civic Museums, the seat where you will find both the Archaeological Museum, rich in artifacts dating back to the Paleovenetian, Roman and pre-Roman times, as well as findings of Egyptian culture, than the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, the latter famous for housing the famous Crucifix by Giotto.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta

You could have lunch at Agli Eremitani for about € 15,00 per person which is just 4 minutes walk from the Eremitani Civic Museums. After lunch, head to Piazza delle Erbe along via Carlo Cassan, via Altinate, via VIII febbraio and finally via Municipio, the time taken to reach it will be 10 minutes on foot. Here you can dedicate part of your afternoon having an excellent aperitif at Bar Nazionale (in Piazza delle Erbe), the "historic bar" according to the Paduan people, spending about € 7,00 for an aperitif and sandwich. This square has been for centuries now it is a place chosen for the market, and the names attributed to it have defined its function: for example "piazza del Vino" or "piazza della Biada".

Then there is adjacent to piazza delle Erbe piazza della Frutta which is instead dedicated to a market where clothes are sold; the two squares are divided by the Palazzo della Ragione: formerly the seat of the court, today used as an exhibition venue and for cultural events. Inside it is possible to admire zodiacal, animal and religious motifs, and the "Vituperio stone", a black stone on which all those who had debts were forced to undress and beat their buttocks three times and then be forced to leave the city . Entrance to the building costs € 4,00 per person.

3 - Evening: Dinner

After walking in the charming old town, for dinner, go to Osteria dal Capo where typical Venetian dishes will be served for around € 20,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Scrovegni Chapel (€ 13,00), Eremitani Civic Museums (cumulative with the Scrovegni Chapel), Piazza delle Erbe (free), Piazza della Frutta (free)
  • Breakfast at Caffetteria Europa (Get directions), Lunch at Agli Eremitani (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria dal Capo (Get directions)
  • private tour with Church of the Hermits and Baptistery tour of the food markets

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Basilica of Sant'Antonio di Padova, Loggia and Odeo Cornaro

Have breakfast at Bar Rocco di Finesso Paola paying about € 5,00 for coffee and brioche, then in 3 minutes walk go to the Basilica of Sant'Antonio di Padova which is located in Piazza del Santo and whose entrance is free: it was built between 1232 and 1310, and it is said that it was erected on the remains of a temple dedicated to the goddess Juno. To characterize it are the Romanesque facade, the gothic ambulatory, the Byzantine domes and the Moorish bell towers. Inside there are also the chapel of Gattamelata and that of San Giacomo, in addition there are also preserved the relics of the saint and his tomb. The basilica is also the destination of a pilgrimage which reaches its peak with the procession of 13 June. Furthermore, right in front of the basilica you cannot fail to notice the bronze statue made by Donatello, an equestrian monument to Gattamelata.

So it's time to continue your visit to the Loggia and the Odeo Cornaro just a 3 minute walk along via Cesarotti; it was the first open-air theater in Northern Italy and it was built at the behest of Alvise Cornaro, an intellectual and agricultural entrepreneur from Padua, as well as a promoter of the figurative arts contained within the buildings and "patron" of all the artists called to work for him. The ticket to access it costs € 3,00.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Botanical Garden

For lunch we recommend Trattoria Al Ricordo which is just 80 meters from the Loggia: taste the famous "bigoli alla gallina imbriaga", spending around € 18,00 per person. Dedicate your afternoon to the nearby botanical garden: it is the oldest ever in the world and was born in 1545 with the aim of offering medical students a place where they can study medicinal plants; inside of then there are several protected species among which is the famous Goethe palm, better known as the dwarf palm. The garden also includes a large greenhouse where the visitor can retrace all the plant species and environments starting from the equator to the poles. The ticket to enter the botanical garden costs € 10,00 per person.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Prato della Valle

We advise you to have dinner at Osteria19 / 29 where you could for example take a tasting menu from € 35,00 per person. This venue is an 8-minute walk from the Prato della Valle, a monumental square (the largest in Europe) known by the Paduan as a suggestive and magical place that offers scenic views of rare beauty, where the light gives unexpected emotions especially at sunset. It is also characterized by a central island surrounded by an elliptical artificial canal called Isola Memmia on whose shores there are 78 statues in which the same creator Andrea Memmo, Antenore, Tito Livio, Petrarch, Tasso, Ariosto, etc. can be seen. A pleasant walk in this place could end your day in style.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 28 min
  • Places visited: Basilica of Sant'Antonio di Padova (free), Loggia and the Odeo Cornaro (€ 3,00), Botanical Garden (€ 10,00), Prato della Valle (free)
  • Breakfast at Bar Rocco di Finesso Paola (Get directions), Lunch at Trattoria Al Ricordo (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria19 / 29 (Get directions)
  • 2,5 hour private tour of the Basilica of S. Antonio

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Padua Cathedral, Piazza dei Signori, Clock Tower

After having breakfast at Caffè al Duomo at a price of about € 5,00 per person, get ready to visit the Padua Cathedral: dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, it was built starting from 1522 designed by the famous Michelangelo Buonarroti. The interior appears very large and harmonious, is a Latin cross with three naves divided by pillars, the facade on which the three portals open in the lower part and in the upper one by two rose windows, has unfortunately remained incomplete and was also damaged by bombing. of the First World War. The square-plan baptistery immediately adjacent to the Cathedral is extremely attractive and you can admire a cycle of frescoes of great value by Giusto de 'Menabuoi. The ticket to visit both will cost € 2,80 per person.

Complete your morning by visiting Piazza dei Signori where the famous Clock Tower stands, visit it to be able to see and understand how the watch works and to know how to interpret the dial. The visit is totally free.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, University of Padua

For lunch you could go to Idem con Patate, a nice and small place (1 minute walk from the Tower) that serves chips and hot dogs for all tastes and for an average portion of potatoes you will pay € 3,50 per person. In 13 minutes on foot crossing via Manin, piazza delle Erbe and then via Municipio to arrive at the ancient seat of the University of Padua: since 1222 in the classrooms of Palazzo del Bo personalities such as Leon Battista Alberti, Galileo Galilei and Copernico passed by. They include the Anatomical Theater and the Chair of Galileo Galilei: the first is made of walnut wood that allowed the students to watch, from above, the autopsies on the bodies: instead in the Sala dei Quaranta, so called because it contains 40 portraits of foreign students, there is the wooden chair to to which Galileo Galilei gave his lessons in mathematics and physics in the period between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Admission is € 5,00 per person.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Navigli

To finish your stay in this fascinating Venetian city, we recommend that you take a slice of pizza at The Big Bang Pizza starting from € 3,50; then end your evening by moving towards the Navigli of Padua. Just a 7-minute walk across via Paolotti and Ponte Balbino del Nunzio: it is the most fashionable area especially among young Paduan people, here you could order a beer by sitting in one of the many kiosks that line the waters created by the basins of the Brenta and Bacchiglione rivers.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,4 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: Padua Cathedral (€ 2,80), Piazza dei Signori (free), Clock Tower (free), Anatomical Theater and the Chair of Galileo Galilei (€ 5,00), Navigli (free)
  • Breakfast at Caffè al Duomo (Get directions), Lunch at Idem with Potatoes (Get directions), Dinner at The Big Bang Pizza (Get directions)
  • 24 hour ticket for sightseeing bus 2 hour private walking tour with guide

How much does a weekend in Padua cost

Padua, defined as the "sister of Venice", has now become a tourist destination all year round: you will find pilgrims visiting the Basilica of Sant'Antonio, but also businessmen and tourists who are passionate about art. The number of structures capable of hosting these flows is not particularly high, therefore we recommend that you book the option you prefer early, especially for city events like the procession of St. Anthony on June 13, it may be more difficult to find reasonably priced rooms.

  • Costs to eat: about € 32,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 35,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Padua: from € 320,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Padua: the best period is between April and May; temperatures will not be too high yet and prices will not be prohibitive. More info on when to go to Padua: climate, best time and tips month by month
  • the nearest airport is the Marco Polo in Venice from which it is about 40 minutes by train. The service is offered by Busitalia Veneto. It is also an hour by train from Verona, 52 minutes from Treviso
    Flights starting from € 99,00 -
  • the area included in the historic center could be the perfect choice to enjoy the medieval context made up of churches, lively squares and particular arcades
    Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Getting around: to fully enjoy the city you have to walk. However, it is possible to use the bike sharing service and the efficient public transport network which includes both trams and buses and which allows you to reach urban and extra-urban areas. More info on how to get around Padua: info, costs and advice
  • Other: in order not to miss the most important attractions, there is the possibility to buy the PadovaCard with a validity of 48 or 72 hours at a cost of € 16,00 or € 21,00 respectively, which includes free admission to the Scrovegni Chapel, Museums Civic to the Eremitani, etc. Alternatively, we recommend a sightseeing bus tour

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