What to see in Padua in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Padua, located between Venice and Verona, in heart of Veneto, a short distance from the Euganean hills, welcomes inhabitants and visitors with a dynamic and creative character, preserving great artistic and cultural traditions. And also an important university city, for this reason it frequently hosts a series of events throughout the year, ranging from cinema to theater, from music to art, from sport to folklore.
Padua boasts a history of over three thousand years, which can be traced through numerous beauties, artistic treasures and unmissable religious destinations. Thanks to these attractions, the city is today considered one of the most interesting destinations in Veneto, to be discovered on foot, taking a long and exciting walk.


  1. One day itinerary in Padua: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Padua: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Padua: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Padua: Morning

1 - Scrovegni Chapel

As soon as you arrive in town, go to the Scrovegni Chapel, which contains the cycle of frescoes by Giotto. The visit must be booked in advance, and the ticket collected one hour before the established time. While you wait for your turn, have breakfast at the Caffè Pedrocchi, in Via VIII febbraio 15, one of the symbols of Padua, for an average cost of € 12,00. The visit to the Chapel lasts a total of 30 minutes, the first 15 must be spent inside the CTA (Equipped Technological Body) which serves to preserve the frescoes from external pollution. Here you can view an informative video that will prepare you for the actual visit, which lasts another 15 minutes.

2 - Church of the Eremitani, Palazzo Bo

Not far away you will find the church of the Eremitani. It is a very large building and has a single central nave, it suffered serious damage during the Second World War, where unfortunately some were damaged frescoes by Mantegna of the Ovetari chapel. Afterwards, go to the building it houses one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Italy, Palazzo Bo. The visit lasts about 45 minutes and allows you to see the great hall, the original chair of Galileo Galilei, who here worked as an illustrious professor. To report the Anatomical Theater, an environment where anatomy students could dissect cadavers for didactic purposes.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 650 m / 8 min
  • Places visited: Scrovegni Chapel and Eremitani Church (€ 13,00, only the Chapel € 8,00), Palazzo Bo (€ 7,00)
  • Padua: 2-hour city walking tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Caffè Pedrocchi, Via VIII February 15

One day itinerary in Padua: Afternoon

1 - City squares

Lunch at the Bacaro Padovano, in Via S. Gregorio Barbarigo 3, with an average cost of € 15,00 per person. A nice awaits you now tour of the famous city squares, starting with Fruit Square, then move on to Piazza delle Erbe e Piazza dei Signori. At the latter there is also the Clock tower, where a astronomic watch. Between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta is the imposing Palazzo della Ragione: on the first floor (the only section of the structure accessible to visitors) you can enter the largest hanging room in the world. It is a single and immense room 81 meters long, 27 wide and high, with a wooden ceiling in the shape of a ship. Furthermore, the walls are completely decorated with frescoes depicting the months, the zodiac signs and the planets. At the Salone there is also a giant wooden horse and the so-called Vituperio stone, a seat made of stone where the guilty of bankruptcy were literally "seated" in their underwear, giving rise to the relative idiom.

2 - Basilica of Sant'Antonio

Less than a kilometer from Piazza delle Erbe rises the main place of worship of the city, or the basilica of Sant'Antonio, known by all simply as the Basilica del Santo. Obviously we refer to Sant'Antonio da Padova, patron saint of the city. The basilica on the outside is more reminiscent of an Istanbul mosque than a church, due to the numerous domes and minarets. The interior, on the other hand, is typical of a Christian basilica, very large and rich in religious works of art. The building preserves the relics of the Saint in an altar dedicated to him.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 32 min
  • Places visited: Piazza della Frutta, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori (free), Palazzo della Ragione (€ 6,00), Basilica of Sant'Antonio (free)
  • Where to have lunch: Bacaro Padovano, Via S. Gregorio Barbarigo 3

One day itinerary in Padua: Evening

1 - Prato della Valle and dinner

Your day in Padua ends at the largest square in Europe, called Prato della Valle. The record is achieved thanks to its 90.000 square meters of surface! The square is not only large, but also scenographic, with its elliptical shape that sees the Memmia island in the center. It is a real islet, separated from the rest of the square by a canal. Two perpendicular avenues cut the square in two parts, to become bridges once the canal is crossed, surrounded by statues of famous people which give the square a unique appearance. If you visit the city on Saturdays you can find here the traditional market; on the third Sunday of each month, however, the antiques Fair. During the nineties, the square was also a regular stop at the Festivalbar! For dinner we recommend theAntica Trattoria dei Paccagnella, in Via del Santo 113, for an average cost of € 18,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 950 m / 11 min
  • Places visited: Prato della Valle (free)
  • Where to dine: Antica Trattoria dei Paccagnella, Via del Santo 113

Before leaving: useful tips

  • If you can, choose a midweek day, starting from Tuesday, or Saturday, to visit the city. Many attractions are closed on Mondays.
  • Do not forget to book in advance a visit to the Scrovegni Chapel, to avoid losing one of the main beauties of Padua. The visit can be booked on this page, indicating the day and time, which must be respected on time.
  • The PadovaCard is available, with which to use public transport and which allows entrance to many museums and monuments, including the Scrovegni Chapel.
  • It is also recommended to book a table in advance at the restaurants you intend to rely on for lunch and dinner.
  • If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our accommodation offers in Padua

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Museum of Medieval and Modern Art. It is a museum full of works and the visit takes a lot of time.
  2. Botanical Garden. It has been a UNESCO heritage site since 1997, it is very large and very beautiful, but the visit takes too much time.

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