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Noteworthy sites

Padua is one of the liveliest and most dynamic cultural and economic centres in Italy.
With a population of more than 200,000 it is known as the “Saint’s city” due to the remains of St Anthony which are conserved in St Anthony’s Basilica.
With its excellent position, the Padua Congress Centre can organise a private shuttle service to reach the city centre in just 5 minutes, to enjoy a walk around the main sites.

St Anthony’s Basilica


St Anthony's Basilica

St. Anthony’s Basilica is the most important and famous church in Padua, and millions of pilgrims visit it every year from all over the world. The remains of St. Anthony of Padua, the miracle saint, are conserved there.


Scrovegni Chapel


Scrovegni Chapel

The must see Scrovegni Chapel is in Piazza Eremitani and is one of the greatest artworks of all times.
The interior is completely covered by Giotto’s frescoes which he painted between 1303 and 1305. The theme of the cycle of frescoes is Salvation and it is developed in 40 pictures about the lives of St. Joachim, St. Anne, St. Mary and Jesus Christ.
The construction was commissioned by Enrico Scrovegni, a rich Padua banker, in 1303.


Prato della Valle


Prato della Valle

Prato della Valle is one of the largest squares in Italy, and with its oval shape it recalls the Roman Theatre that used to stand there. Along the two sides of the canal there are 78 statues which represent the most important Padua citizens, and the Memmia Island stands in the middle of the canal.


Caffè Pedrocchi


Cafe Pedrocchi

The Caffè Pedrocchi is one of the most famous bars in the centre of Padua. It was opened in 1831 and has always been a favourite meeting place for scholars and intellectuals. During the first years after its opening, it was the meeting place for the Risorgimento (rebirth) movement to liberate Italy from Austrian domination, and it was the setting for the revolutionary uprisings in 1848.
Situated in front of the Palazzo dell’Università, the Caffè Pedrocchi can be considered as the city lounge being surrounded by all the musical and cultural events and meeting places in the medieval squares that are full of life by day and night.


Medieval Squares


Medieval Squares

There are 3 famous squares in the historic centre of Padua: Piazza dei Signori, which houses Palazzo del Capitanio, Piazza delle Erbe, where the beautiful Palazzo della Ragione can be admired and Piazza dei Frutti, home of the clamorous and traditional daily market.


Palazzo del Bo'


Palazzo del Bo Padova

Palazzo del Bo is the historic seat of Padua University, and contains the famous Anatomic Theatre and the Chair of Galileo Galilei. Very illustrious personalities studied there, including Copernicus, Pope Sixtus IV, Stefan I Bathory (King of Poland), Ippolito Nievo, Giovanni Battista Morgagni (founder of pathology anatomy) and William Harvey.


Palazzo della Ragione


Palazzo della Ragione Padova

The Roman era has left extensive signs in the city, while the Scrovegni Chapel and the impressive municipal Palazzo della Ragione, which is still used for public events, date back to the Middle Ages (between 1200 and 1300).
During the same era, in 1222, Padua University was founded, and is the second oldest university in Italy after Bologna. Padua University educated some of the world’s most prestigious scientists, including Galileo Galilei, who actually taught there from 1592 to 1610.

(Some pictures are by courtesy of the photographic archive of Padova Terme Euganee Convention & Visitors Bureau / Gabrio Tomelleri)

Audio guides of the city

You have the possibility to download some audio guides, suitable for listening with MP3 players, to discover Padua through five itineraries. The tours are: from the Roman Arena to the Cafè Pedrocchi; the Palazzo della Ragione and the squares around it; the Jewish Ghetto and the Reggia Carrarese; the Prato della Valle and the Cittadella Antoniana; the walls of Padua by bike.
Go to the download page of the audio guide

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