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Things to do in Padua

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Welcome to Padua

Padua was catapulted into the limelight by UNESCO’s recent recognition of the city’s Scrovegni Chapel as a World Heritage Site. Art lovers have been drawn here to admire Giotto’s showstopping fresco cycle for centuries, however, and the city’s attractive old town is home to a collection of lovely squares and historic cafés bustling with students from the local university. Pilgrims are drawn to the Basilica of St. Anthony, and boat cruises and bike tours along the Riviera di Brenta also top the list of the most popular things to do.

Top 4 attractions in Padua

Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni)

Padua is home to one of Italy’s greatest treasures of medieval art: the Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni). Decorated with an exquisite early-14th-century fresco cycle by Giotto—considered a masterpiece of Western art—the chapel was restored in 2002, and the frescoes were returned to their original magnificence.More

Prato della Valle

The largest square in Italy isn’t in Rome or Florence, but in the charming northern city of Padua. A turn through the oval-shaped Prato della Valle, considered one of the most beautiful public spaces in Italy, to admire its grassy central island encircled by an elegant statue-lined canal, is a must while visiting Padua.More

Villa dei Vescovi

Perched in the scenic Euganean Hills outside Padua, Villa dei Vescovi was built in the 16th century as a summer retreat for the city’s bishops. Today, the stately villa and its grounds are owned by Italy’s National Trust (FAI), and its frescoed halls and walled garden offer a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the Renaissance elite.More
History of Medicine Museum of Padova (MUSME Padova)

History of Medicine Museum of Padova (MUSME Padova)

This interactive museum in Padua explores the evolution of medical science and humanity's knowledge of the body from ancient times to today through multimedia exhibits, videos, and themed displays. Learn about the history of medicine by visiting the museum’s six halls and anatomical theater.More
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People Also Ask

What is Padua, Italy, known for?

Known for its Renaissance frescoes and Roman ruins, the charming city of Padua is also home to Italy’s largest square—Prato della Valle. This northern Italian gem’s most famous sight is Scrovegni Chapel, but travelers also come here to visit the popular pilgrimage location of the Basilica of St. Anthony.

Is Padua worth visiting?

Yes, Padua is worth visiting—especially if you’re interested in art, history, and architecture. It has fewer crowds than the nearby tourist hot spots of Venice and Verona but boasts its own medley of historical landmarks. On top of this, it offers beautiful squares, cafés, and a vibrant food scene.

What are the most popular things to do in Padua?

Padua visitors typically make a beeline for its religious sites, such as the Basilica of St. Anthony and Scrovegni Chapel, famed for having 14th-century frescoes by painter Giotto. Another essential Padua experience is having a coffee at the historic Pedrocchi Café, which dates back to the 18th century.

How long should you spend in Padua?

Two days allow you to leisurely explore the highlights of Padua. However, if you’re short on time, then it’s a manageable day trip if you’re catching a train from Bologna, Florence, Milan, Venice, or Verona. Plan wisely and you can see many of its top landmarks in a day.

What is the difference between Padua and Padova?

There is no difference between Padua and Padova. They both refer to the same place—a picturesque city that’s situated in northeast Italy’s Veneto region. “Padova” is the Italian translation of the city’s name, while Padua is how the city is referred to in English and other languages.

Is Padua a beautiful city?

Yes, Padua is a beautiful city. You can see the medieval frescoes of Scrovegni Chapel, take a boat trip on the Riviera del Brenta canal, or stroll through one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens. It’s also home to plenty of photogenic squares—such as Piazza dei Signori.


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