This very important trading center, once known as Patavium, Padova today, belonged to the Roman Empire since 215 BC. It is as well a major cultural center and counts, according to population statistics, among the youngest cities in Italy thanks to its large amount of students.
Padua is known as the City of St. Anthony, whose tomb is located in the famous basilica S. Antonio which is dedicated to him. The construction was finished in 1232 and attracts a huge crowd of pilgrims every year.
Other notable churches are Santa Giustina with the grave of St. Luke and the impressive Cappella degli Scrovegni (website) with the famous frescoes by Giotto. Shown are the Stories of Mary and Christ and the Giudizio universale.
Incidentally, the famous square Prato della Valle is the third largest city square in Europe.
With the PadovaCard you can use public transportation and plenty of parking for free. In the museums you will enjoy heavily discounted or even free admission. There are also discounts for tours and booking of accommodation facilities
The PadovaCard is available in two versions, for
• € 16 - for 48 hours, or
• € 21 - for 72 hours.
During the summer months various cultural events in the gardens of the Giardini dell'Arena are held. It is dedicated to the theater and cinema screenings and especially to large international live music concerts.
The remains of the ancient Roman theater of Padua, called Arena Romana by the locals, let the viewer suspect that it once was a counterpart to the Arena of Nimes and had at least the size of the Arena in Verona. It was built around 70 AD and was used especially for gladiator "games". Unfortunately, in the Middle Ages it was exploited as a quarry for cheap stones.
• Associazione Promovies
• Tel +39 049 8718617
• Admission: € 5 -
Among the numerous palaces of Padua, the Palace del Bo (1400-1500), the Palazzo della Ragione (XIII century) also the medieval castle (XII century) must be mentioned, in which today houses the prison.
Of course, most visitors associate the name of Padova with the famous University. It is among the oldest in Italy, was founded in 1222 and her unique lecture theater teatro anatomico is renowned all over the world.
This is the very place where Galileo Galilei taught and researched. When he started in 1609 with his astronomical observations, he laid the foundations for a new science, namely astronomy that deals with natural phenomena.
Part of the university is also the botanical garden which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997. This garden is the oldest university garden in the world. Since 1545 it serves the students to study the medicinal plants, their effects and how to use them in medicine.
Along the banks of the river Brenta you can admire beautiful Palladian villas of the Doges (or make a tour). Many of them are museums and open for a visit.