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The Top 7 Things To Do and See in Padua
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The Top 7 Things To Do and See in Padua

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Padua is one of the largest and most beautiful cities of northern Italy and has been developed into the economic center of the wider area. The picturesque city is full of public piazze, old bridges and rivers, while it hosts the famous University of Padua with a history of more than eight centuries. In the following lines you will find about some of the city’s hot-spots.
Roman Ponte Molino, Padua | © Gun Powder Ma/WikiCommons
Roman Ponte Molino, Padua | © Gun Powder Ma/WikiCommons
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Scrovegni Chapel

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

Giotto's painting in Scrovegni Chapel | © Giotto/WikiCommons
Giotto’s painting in Scrovegni Chapel | © Giotto/WikiCommons
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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

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua | © Wknight94/WikiCommons
Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua | © Wknight94/WikiCommons
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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

Palazzo della Ragione, Padua | © Stefan Bauer/WikiCommons
Palazzo della Ragione, Padua | © Stefan Bauer/WikiCommons
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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

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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.

Chiesa degli Eremitani, Piazza Eremitani, Padua, Italy

Interior of Chiesa degli Eremitani | © Sailko/WikiCommons
Interior of Chiesa degli Eremitani | © Sailko/WikiCommons

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.

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Ponte Molino

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