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“Impressive”

University of Padova
Ranked #8 of 372 things to do in Padua
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Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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“Impressive”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

To visit an institution of higher learning that has educated since 1222! WOW.
Very special to view the statue of Elena Piscopia and imagine her courage.
The Botanical gardens is one more accomplishment of the University and also a great place to visit
The anatomical theatre is a must see because photos do not provide for the full impact

Visited September 2013
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Padua, Italy
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“One of the first university of the word (named "Bo")”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Very old university (XIII century) with very important professors (Galileo Galilei was teacher in this university). Important to see inside, is the Anatomical Theatre, built on XVI century: is the first example in the world of permanent structure designed for the teaching of anatomy through the dissection of corpses.

Visited November 2013
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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“Can't Beat the Graduations”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We went to the school of Medicine and saw the anatomy amphitheater, which was fascinating. We also saw where Galileo lectured and learned about the famous teachers and student who were at this very old university. But, what really astounded me was the graduation process. Students graduate individually, not as a class. Other students sing a risqué chant, they wear a laurel wreath around their shoulders, they are publicly roasted, flour is thrown on them and the guys strip down to their underwear among other things. Quite the graduation!

Visited October 2013
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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“Definitely worth checking out”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Access to the quads of Padua University are free, but it is definitely worth checking out the guided tours of the inside - which includes the Grand Hall where Galileo himself lectured. Perhaps most interesting is the 16th Century Anatomical Theatre - which our guide pointed out could only be used in winter for a couple of months, because of the smell!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and delivered the tour in both Italian and excellent English (on a majority show of hands!)
Tours are limited as are the number of people they allow in any one group - but it is definitely worth making the effort.

Visited October 2013
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Manchester
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“Anatomical”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Visited on our organised tour, the old anatomy theatre in the centrally located university, absolutely fascinating.

Visited October 2013
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