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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 Padua's 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..

  • 3 Hermits' church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Eremitani I I - 35121 Padova

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

  • 4 Padua Baptistry Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Duomo I - 35141 Padova

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

  • 5 Riviera del Brenta Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 35100 Padova

    The Riviera del Brenta was created in the 15C by the Venetians at the beginning of the decline of the maritime era in a bid to invest in land. Its green banks bear witness to a bucolic, refined and nonchalant art de vivre - back then it took a whole ..

  • 6 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..

  • 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 15C 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 (14 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

    Via 8 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 Prato della Valle Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Via Michele Sanmicheli 49 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.

  • 11 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.

  • 12 Padua University

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via VIII 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..

  • 13 Pedrocchi Cafe (Caffè Pedrocchi)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via VIII Febbraio 15 I - 35122 Padova

    This large café, decorated in red, white and green, is located in a Neoclassical building (1831). It was the theatre of the student uprising in 1848 against the Austrians. Upstairs (piano nobile), meeting rooms and concert hall in mixed styles. The e..

  • 14 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 del Santo, has a retable by Veronese.

  • 15 Padua Botanical gardens

    Nature and gardens

    Via Orto Botanico 15 I - 35123 Padova

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

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