A city full of charm that conveys art and history among its streets: Padua is 1 hour and 10 minutes by car from our facility as well as being reachable by train.
Visiting Padua brings you in touch with the highest values of the Veneto region and some of the greatest masterpieces of art of all time. Padua is a veritable monument to every historical era it has experienced, a treasure chest that holds priceless treasures for more than two thousand years of history.
Since 1222 it has been the seat of a prestigious university that quickly transformed it into one of the major centers of European culture, both in the fields of letters and science (Galileo Galilei). To best enjoy one of the most distinctive aspects of the city one should plan a visit to Padua while there are university classes and the streets and squares of the center are crowded with students strolling or stopping at clubs to consume the typical aperitif, the spritz.
Another aspect you will immediately become aware of during a visit to Padua is the city’s religious tradition, dating back to the providential intervention of Franciscan Anthony against the rampant phenomenon of usury in the early 13th century. Made a saint just a year after his death, the Basilica of St. Anthony was built to receive his remains, an imposing and very important spiritual monument that encompasses several architectural styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Byzantine, Moorish) and preserves many works of art: the saint’s church is now a destination for pilgrims from all over the world.
Those who come to visit Padua then know that, again of a sacred nature, the city has the most important cycle of frescoes by Giotto, created in the early 1300s and contained within the Scrovegni Chapel.
Near the chapel, on the other hand, and specifically inside the Church of the Eremitani, are paintings by Andrea Mantenga and Giusto de’ Menabuoi (who also frescoed the cathedral’s Baptistery). We also recommend a visit to the adjacent Museo Civico degli Eremitani, where artifacts from the Paleovenetian and Roman civilizations are on display; the Pinacoteca, where Giotto’s wooden crucifix is housed; and the Palazzo della Ragione (13th), the city’s court erected in 1218. At Palazzo del Bo’, home of the Athenaeum, you can see the Teatro Anatomico, built in 1594 and used until 1872, and the chair of Galileo Galilei. *
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*The texts given are fully or partially copied from the website: https://www.venetoinside.com/it/scopri-il-veneto/venezia-e-citta-darte/padova/visita-padova/