Padua, one of the oldest cities in northern Italy, is an oasis of peace and culture, where historic monuments and green parks form a harmonious contrast to the lively student life. Read more

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Padua is a city where rich history, art and science come together. It is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, which Galileo Galilei attended. The main symbol of the city is the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the destination of many pilgrims. It is also worth visiting the Palazzo della Ragione, a huge medieval court palace, or the Botanical Garden, the oldest of its kind in the world. Padua is also the starting point for trips to nearby Venice or the spa town of Abano Terme.

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What to do in Padua

Basilica of St. Anthony

A magnificent basilica that is a destination for pilgrims from all over the world.

Palazzo della Ragione

An imposing medieval court palace in the centre of the city.

Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico)

The oldest botanical garden in the world.

Prato della Valle

One of the largest squares in Europe surrounded by a canal and statues.

Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni)

Chapel with one of the most important sets of fresco paintings by Giotto.

Café Pedrocchi

Historic cafe known as the "cafe without doors", a meeting place for students and intellectuals.

University of Padua

One of the oldest universities in the world, where Galileo Galilei worked.

City Walls

The well-preserved walls that surround the historic centre of the city.

Astronomical Observatory (Specola)

Historical observatory where Galileo Galilei worked.

Museo del Precinema

A museum dedicated to the history of film and cinema.

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In and around Padua

Soave Castle (0 km)

Perched atop a hill and overlooking the town of Soave, the Soave Castle is an emblematic beacon of medieval Italian architecture. This fortress, with its crenellated walls and panoramic views, transports visitors to an era of knights and legends.

Petrarca' s House (19.63 km)

Tucked away in the picturesque town of Arquà Petrarca, the house of Francesco Petrarca — one of Italy's most revered poets and scholars — stands as a testament to the life and times of this literary luminary.

Vicenza (30.36 km)

Nestled in the Veneto region, Vicenza is often referred to as the "City of Palladio." A harmonious blend of Renaissance elegance and contemporary vibrancy, this UNESCO World Heritage city is a celebration of art, architecture, and timeless Itali

Venice (34.45 km)

Venice, a city on the water, is a magical labyrinth of canals, bridges and squares. Admire the fascinating architecture, magnificent palaces and artistic gems that make up a city full of romance, mystery and a unique atmosphere.

Montagnana (37.7 km)

Nestled within the heart of the Veneto region, Montagnana is a stunning medieval gem. Encircled by some of the best-preserved medieval walls in Europe, this town invites visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in centuries-old charm.

Chioggia (38.02 km)

Often dubbed the "Little Venice," Chioggia is a charming fishing port where canals, bridges, and vibrant facades converge. Nestled at the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon, this lesser-known gem boasts an authenticity and serenity that captiva

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