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  • 1 Scrovegni Chapel: frescoes by Giotto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Eremitani 8 I - 35121 Padova

    Around 1310 Giotto decorated the walls of this chapel with 39 frescoes depicting the lives of Joachim and Anne, the Virgin and Christ: the Flight from Egypt, the Judas' Kiss, the Laying in the Tomb are the most famous scenes in this collection of exc..

  • 2 Hermits' church (Eremiti) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Eremitani I - 35121 Padova

    Sadly much damaged by the bombing in 1944, this 13C church has been rebuilt in the original Romanesque style and preserves (in the Orvetari chapel) fragments frescoes by Mantegna which give you an idea of the powerful vision of this artist, as well a..

  • 3 Basilica del Santo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Santo I - 35123 Padova

    In Padua, St Anthony is "the Saint" without need for further explanation! Built between 1232 and 1300, this basilica with eight Byzantine domes is reminiscent of San Marco in Venice. Inside, there are many works of art, including the chapel..

  • 4 Baptistry Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. omenico Vandelli I - 35141 Padova

    Adjoining the cathedral, the 12C baptistry has some interesting frescoes depicting scenes from the scriptures, executed between 1376 and 1378 by Giusto de' Menabuoi. The cycle starts high in the cupola with the Creation, and concludes with the Apocal..

  • 5 Riviera del Brenta Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 35100 Padova

    The Riviera del Brenta flows from Padua to Venice and its banks are lined by sumptuous villas. The strip of land was greatly favoured by the Doges for their summer residences. At Strà look out for the Villa Pisani (18C), surrounded by a superb garden..

  • 6 Museo Diocesano Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Duomo 12 I - Padova

    Housed in Palazzo Vescovile, the museum allows you to admire the Bishops' Salon, a huge, rectangular room decorated by Bartolomeo Montagna from the end of the 15C. Admire the elegant trompe-l'oeils (false marbles, perspectives). The museum, one of th..

  • 7 Municipal Museum of the Hermits Interesting

    Museums and art

    Piazza Eremitani 8 I - 35121 Padova

    This museum is set up in the Monastery of the Hermits of St Augustine comprises an archaelogical section, a stamp collection and a collection of Italian paintings (mainly Venetian) and Flemish from the 14C to the 18C: Giotto, Guariento, Giovanni Bell..

  • 8 St George's Oratory and St Anthony College Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Santo 11 I - 35123 Padova

    A votive Chapel, St George's Oratory is decorated with 21 frescoes by Altichiero and his pupils (13 C). Alongside, in St Anthony College on the 1st floor there is a series of 18 frescoes from the 16 C depicting the life of the Saint, four of them are..

  • 9 Law Courts (Palazzo della Ragione) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Febbraio I - 35122 Padova

    This building is located between the Piazza della Frutta and Piazza delle Erbe and is remarkable for its loggias and its roof in the shape of a ship's keel; On the 1st floor there is a series of 15C frescoes depicting the works of the Months, the Lib..

  • 10 Signori Square (Piazza dei Signori)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza dei Signori I - 35141 Padova

    This vase square has on one side the Captain's Palace (14-16 C), the residence of the town's Venetian governors, and the attractive Clocktower witgh an arcade and the elegant Loggia del Consiglio, in the Renaissance style.

  • 11 University

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Febbraio I - 35122 Padova

    Well-known for its occasionally highly charged atmosphere (especially when the graduate students wear their characteristic pointed hats), the university of Padua, founded in 1222 (Galileo taught there, Copernicus and Tasso studied there) is located i..

  • 12 Pedrocchi Cafe (Caffè Pedrocchi)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Febbraio I - 35122 Padova

    This large cafe has white green and red rooms. it is in a Neoclassical building from 1831. Musset was a regular client. It was the theatre for the student uprising in 1848 against the Austrians. Above it has rooms for meetings or concerts which shoul..

  • 13 St Justine's church (S. Giustina)

    Religious buildings

    Prato della Valle I - 35123 Padova

    This 16C classical building whose domes recall those of the Basilica of the Saint, has a retable by Veronese.

  • 14 Botanical gardens (Orto Botanico)

    Nature and gardens

    Via Orto Botanico 15 I - 35123 Padova

    These were founded in 1545, which makes them one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe: there is exotic luxuriant flora and a very "literary" palm tree: it was this palm tree which inspired Goethe to write his thoughts on the metamorpho..

  • 15 Prato della Valle

    Nature and gardens

    Prato della Valle I - 35123 Padova

    This charming oval garden planted with plane trees was designed in the 17 C and has a peaceful canal alongside it and on whose banks are the statues of famous men.

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