Things to do in Padua

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  • mvidro
    Washington DC, DC395 contributions
    This is the premiere attraction in Padua. While visitors typically remain inside for 15 minutes, our tour leader booked three consecutive sets of tickets enabling us to remain for 45. In that time, he walked us through Jesus' life and highlighted the technical innovations that Giotto's work employed. What an extraordinary privilege to see this art!
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • RandSand
    Poway, CA335 contributions
    The basilica is amazing, but don't miss seeing the two stunning attractions next door, the Oratorio di San Giorgio and the Scuola del Santa.
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Maria P
    11 contributions
    We visited the botanical garden of Padova last week and it was a wonderful experience. Its full of plants from all over the world and i recognized many from my country as well. I believe the best part of the hotel is the Goethe Palm an old plam which is preserved by the University of Padova and the greenhouse where there are many pants from all the continents..Its a grest experience in general and my only complain is that i would like a little more explaining in English
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Sean F
    Limerick, Ireland325 contributions
    Fantastic city to visit.Full of piazzas and churches.Lots of small cobbled streets with lovely restaurants and coffee shops.It is about a 15 minute walk from the train station to the centre.
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • Nil40
    Kendal, UK122 contributions
    It was a very nice place. Read on google about the place for more info. There were lots of stalls around the green. Nice area to sit and have a picnic
    Written 15 February 2022
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  • roseandribbons
    Toronto, ON658 contributions
    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm glad I searched out and found this lovely museum. There were very few visitors when I was there, but it's well worth the time.....it's a mix of history about Padua's hospital and medical school, along with general medical science. There are nice videos (of costumed performers) to deliver some of the history (subtitled in English), and interactive exhibits regarding anatomy and physiology.
    Written 3 November 2019
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  • marcin k
    57 contributions
    We took the one-hour tour of this, the second oldest university in Europe. Led by a student volunteer, we were shown lecture rooms, the medical theatre, and saw the podium used when he was a member of the faculty. the student guide was enthusiastic and informative and we found the nominal fee we paid very worthwhile. recommended.
    Written 25 October 2021
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  • RandSand
    Poway, CA335 contributions
    The Miretto frescoes (1420) in the great hall that was previously the Council Chambers are beautiful. But there is not much else to tour, and the hall is often used for large gatherings, so your ability to see the frescoes may be limited by the setup.
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,111 contributions
    The Civic Museum is one of the several museums in Padua located in Piazza degli Eremitani. Among the relevant museums complex there is the famous Scrovegni Chapel with the sublime masterpieces, consisting in the frescoes by Giotto di Bondone. I could not visit that Chapel. It was necessary to book in advance owing to the restrictions linked with covid epidemics, what I didn't know before arriving in Padua. Unfortunately it was already fully booked for the days I intended to stay in that city. I was somewhat frustrated but, at any rate, I don't rule out the possibility to visit again that awesome city and thus to call on the Chapel concerned. The other museums included in that stated complex are the Archaeological Museum and the Medieval and Modern Museum. This text is focused on the latter.
    The Museum in question is in the ancient convent of the Hermit Friars, including its cloister which has been refurbished to avoid any deterioration of the works there exhibited. It's an impressive building in whose interior one gets a feeling of peace and harmony, The Museum consists mainly in a rich pinacoteca containing important works of art made between 1300 and 1800 by the greatest Italian painters. There one can see, for instance, the fantastic Crucifix by Giotto, which used to be in the Scroveni Chapel. Among the masterpieces from the Cinquecento, the pertinent exhibition counts with the “Madonna with the Child” by Boccaccio Boccaccini, and some by the Veronese and Tintoretto. One is certainly dazzled at the sight of so much beauty. The attentive observation of the artworks displayed in the Museum helps to understand the evolution of the pictorial trends in Italy between the two centuries concerned, which is highly interesting.
    It's amazing to realise by cautiously watching the relevant pictures in that Museum how the presence of Giotto in Padua outlines the move towards “humanisation” of the divine as pointed out by the stated wooden Holy Cross in a sophisticated gothic style which gradually prevailed upon Byzantine style. At that time, the mature capacity to create naturalistic and light images is outstanding. Examples of the naturalism and narrative style of the extreme gothic are the “Madonna with the Child in throne” by Lorenzo Veneziano and “St. Christophorus” by Giovanni di Bologna. The progress of the just mentioned artists and others belonging to the Trecento was in line with that of the most important representative of Giotto's Paduan school, Guariento di Arpo. He managed to endow the figures of his paintings with elegant movements. This feature, which is in itself extraordinary, coupled with the refined colours and the narrative texture reveal the precious dimension of Guariento's art, as can be observed, for instance, in the two round paintings depicting the Madonna and St. Matthew. One feels impressed looking at the images depictied in those artworks.
    The aforesaid painting, “Virgin with Child in the throne” is a superb and pretty artwork, an admirable masterpiece, which is besides significant in terms of comparison with what happened in the Byzantine Venice.
    As far as the stunning works appertaining to the renaissance painting in Padua which can be admired in that Museum are concerned, one of the first complete expression of that style stand out in the works by Andrea di Mantegna in the church of the Eremitani to which the “Descent of Christ into Limbo” by Giacomo Bellini, exhibited in the Museum, may be compared. Two other works displayed in the Museum revealing the influence of Mantegna are also real marvels. They are the “Madonna of mercy” attributed to Pietro Calzetta and the “Adoration of the Child”, attributed to Prospero de Piazzola. Likewise outstanding are the “Mother and Child” by Jacopo Parisati da Montagnara, a pupil of Giovanni Bellini but also influenced by Mantegna, who was active in Padua at the end of the fifteenth century, and the two “Madonna and Child” by Jacopo da Valenza and Lazzaro Bastiani, whose activity was carried out later, between the end of the fifteenth century and the first years of the sixteenth. Again Mantegna's influence on the latter is undeniable.
    The Museum houses also some masterpieces by high-rank artists of the Cinquecento Venezian painting, the importance of which is beyond any doubt. Among them, three by Paolo Veronese, to wit “St. Giustina martyrdom”, “Martyrdom of St. Primo and St. Feliciano", as well as the “Last Supper”, are outstanding. Likewise, in the first part of the sixteenth century, the works by Girolamo Tessari are remarkable. Among others, the painting regarding the “Last Supper” and the fantastic fresco depicting the Descent of the Cross can be contemplated in the Museum.
    The splendid collection housed in the Museum consisting of paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is of an enormous value. The beholding of the relevant pictures included in that collection is of the utmost interest. The relevant subjects treated in those works are about history, mythology and allegory; portraits, landscapes and still life. The works by Pietro Vecchia (appreciated mainly for his grotesque imitations of Giorgione and for his esoteric themes, an example of which is the “Three Alchemists” exhibited in the Museum), Francesco Maffei, and Giulio Carpioni, whose work the “Allegory of Painting” is on display and constitutes an important example of the essential classicism, are somehow interesting.
    After seeing the artworks by the authors who have just been mentioned, one may behold some marvellous ones supposedly by Tiepolo, and by Jacopo Marieschi consisting in two paintings both depicting the Prayer of Christ in the garden (albeit the first one was attributed to Tiepolo, there isn't a complete certainty about its authorship). Besides, the stupendous “Madonna” by Francesco Guardi, and the “Madonna” and “St. Joseph with the Child” by Giandomenico Tiepolo reveal a delicate and sentimental mode of composition, and make one feel moved and touched when contemplating them.
    The aforementioned works of art are some examples of the marvels displayed in the Civic Museum in Padua and show clearly the importance of the items there exhibited and the interest they may arouse for anyone having a curiosity in art and wanting, should the occasion arise, to enlarge his knowledge in that field. Therefore, the Museum shouldn't be missed while in that beautiful city.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Mel R
    5 contributions
    We got a tour from one of the volunteer guides, Giorgio, and it brought this basilica to life. The inside looks austere, but this because it is a monastic Renaissance church that emphasizes the altar, where the martyr Giustina is buried. The domes have with special acoustic construction to reduce reverberation. The remains of St. Luke the Evangelist are interred in the left nave and relics of St. Mark in the right. The carved wooden choir is one of the most intricate I have ever seen and the designs are unique to each chair, with three levels of theological significance. You can also see artifacts from the church's beginnings, dating from the 4th century. Plus, the basilica is located in the most beautiful plaza in Padua. A must see during your trip or pilgrimage!
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • George McGareth
    Zagreb, Croatia55 contributions
    I have visited the Sanctuary of San Leopoldo Mandic for two times.San Leopoldo comes from Croatian nation and his miracles and good deeds are very famous.The story of sanctuary is very impressive.There is a kind of museum of Saint Leopold inside.I liked very much a Saint Leopold's carriage that survived the bombing and the body of San Leopoldo lies there where You can see him and take a prayers.I can recommend for visitors to attend the Holly Mass in the church in Italian.If I will come back in Padua surely will visit it again.
    Written 27 December 2019
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  • Denny S
    Gothenburg, Sweden169 contributions
    This is the commercial centre of Padua and served as a vegetable market in the past. You can still buy fruit and vegetables but also some other things. The obvious king of this square is, of course, the imposing Palazzo della Ragione. If you visit the palace, you have a nice view of the square from the 16th-century loggia by Palladio. Around the square, there are also other nice palaces such as Palazzo delle Debite and Palazzo del Podestá along with shops, cafes and bars. A really nice square with a busy atmosphere.
    Written 27 October 2021
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  • Dgd
    Lincolnshire, UK260 contributions
    365 day clock with the time being told by the 4 corner movement. I would say larger than the one in Venice and more orrnate beautiful site.
    Written 30 September 2020
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  • RandSand
    Poway, CA335 contributions
    This former palace became part of the University of Padua. The only way to see the Anatomy Theater and other interesting rooms is with a guided tour, but well worth it!
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Denny S
    Gothenburg, Sweden169 contributions
    This is the old Jewish area of Padua (the Ghetto). The area is quite small and is located directly south of Piazza delle Erbe. It's a maze of small narrow streets and in the middle of the area is the picturesque little square Piazetta del Ghetto. Today there are a lot of wine bars and cafes in the area but it has a distinct beauty and urges calm from the city noise. Although the area is nice, it is worth giving a thought to the Jews who lived here when the area was cramped and dirty.
    Written 28 October 2021
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