The Scrovegni Chapel, which is also known as the Arena Chapel, contains a fresco cycle by Giotto that was completed around 1305. When you enter the church you instantly get a unique feeling that was unexpected based on the first impression. We are talking about one of the most important masterpieces of Western art that you should definitely visit during your stay in Padua.
Scrovegni Chapel, Piazza Eremitani, 8, Padua, Italy, +39 049 201 0020
Basilica of St. Anthony
The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Padua, northern Italy, locally known as ‘il Santo’. Although the Basilica is visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world, it is not the titular cathedral of the city, a title belonging to the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Mary of Padua. It is one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See.
Basilica of St Anthony, Piazza del Santo, 11, Padua, Italy, +39 049 822 5652
Palazzo della Ragione
The Palazzo della Ragione is a medieval town hall building locate in Padua. The building’s construction began in 1172 and finished in 1219. After many historic changes but also severe damages caused by natural phenomena, Palazzo is a wonderful statue of the city’s past and a remnant of the classic atmosphere.
Palazzo della Ragione, Piazza delle Erbe, Padua, Italy, +39 049 820 5006
Orto Botanico di Padova
Founded in 1545, the botanical garden of Padua is the world’s oldest academic botanical garden that remains in its original location. The garden covers about 22.000 square meters and hosts six thousand types of plants. It was designed by Andrea Moroni, who also created some of the most important public monuments in the city.
Orto Botanico di Padova, Padua, Italy, +39 049 827 2119
Chiesa degli Eremitani
The Church of Eremitani is an Augustinian church located in Padua, dated back to the 13th century. It was built in 1276 in order to honor the saints Philip and James. The church includes wonderful illustrations by famous artists like Guariento and Ansuino da Forli, as well as the tombs of local lords.
Prato della Valle
Prato della Valle is an impressive 90,000 square meter elliptical square in Padua, the largest square in Italy, and one of the largest squares in Europe. Today, the square is a large space with a green island at the center, l’Isola Memmia, surrounded by a small canal bordered by two rings of statues. A wonderful setting to enjoy a relaxed walk.
Ponte Molino is a beautiful Roman segmental arch bridge across the Bacchiglione in Padua. You should visit it to enjoy the view from there, as well as take some amazing pictures.
Ponte Molino, Padua, Italy, +39 049 875 6588
By Evangelos Tsirmpas