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Padua travel suggestions

Our Padua travel expert will take you on a virtual tour of Padova

The Paduan territory, spreads across a flat area through which run the Brenta, Adige and Bacchiglione rivers and is characterised by wide plains to the south and, to the west, the natural oasis of the Euganean Hills and the thermal springs whose curative properties were well-known from Roman times. It is a province which is still not very well known to tourists but rich with surprises and possibilities: a tour of Padua and its environs including the Euganean Hills and the Walled Towns or the Spas is an experience that certainly won’t disappoint.

Padua is one of the most important Italian cities of art and is marked by centuries of history. There are numerous monuments to visit, particularly those built between the 13th and 15th centuries, the most flourishing period from the artistic point of view. The university is one of the oldest in the world dating back to 1222. The following are some suggestions for a tour of Padua but if you like more informations contact our Padua travel experts.

Scrovegni Chapel: a Padova tour can not miss this true masterpiece of pictorial art, this chapel, frescoed by Giotto between 1303 and 1305, was commissioned by the wealthy banker Enrico Scrovegni. On the walls you will find scenes from the Gospels and the life of Jesus, while the counter-façade shows the magnificent Last Judgement.

Visiting hours: visits must be booked in advance. To book, click on www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it or call 049 2010020. Piazza Eremitani, Padova

St Anthony of Padua: the Basilica is the symbol of the city and its construction started in 1232 and went on until 1310. You must see the Chapel of St Felix, with frescoes by Altichiero in the second half of the 14th Century, and the Saint’s relics, in particular his chin and tongue, perfectly preserved.

Visiting hours: to book a guided tour call 049 8789722 or click on www.basilicadelsanto.org. Piazza del Santo 11, Padova

Botanical Garden: founded in 1545 as the university’s botanical garden: originally medicinal plants were grown to assist the training of medical students. In 1997 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because “it is the origin of all the botanical gardens in the world and represents the cradle of science, scientific exchange and understanding of the relations between nature and culture.”

Visiting hours: April – October: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00 (every day), November – March: 9.00-13.00 (closed on public holidays). www.ortobotanico.unipd.it . Tel. 049 8272119. Via Orto Botanico 11, Padova.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Baptistery: an impressive Romanic style building situated in the heart of Padua, the first edifice was built in 313 and it has been rebuilt many times over the centuries. The frescoes in the Baptistery are worthy of note and among them you can see the work of Giusto de’Menabuoi. There is also the cenotaph of Petrarch, who was canon of the Cathedral, created by Rinaldo Rinaldi.

Visiting hours: The Baptistery is open on week days and public holidays from 10am to 6pm, except for Christmas, New Year and Easter (tel 049 656914), while to visit the Cathedral we suggest you call 049 8753087. Piazza Duomo, Padova

Café Pedrocchi during your Padua tour enjoy a rest in the world famous “doorless café”, so-called because until 1916 it was open day and night, besides being a famous meeting place for artists and intellectuals, also hosts temporary exhibitions of various kinds and reviews of jazz music. It is also an excellent restaurant and we recommend that you go at least once to try the wonderful coffees inspired by ancient recipes and visit the Risorgimento Museum on the upper floor. Via 8 Febbraio 15, Padova. www.caffépedrocchi.it

Palazzo della Ragione: the Palazzo della Ragione was once the location of the law court. The “salone” upstairs has a beautiful wooden ceiling and the walls are entirely frescoed with astrological themes. It is impossible not to notice the huge wooden horse, created on Count Annibal Capodilista’s will for an extraordinary feast in 1466. The Palazzo separates the two Piazzas, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, and is daily animated by a lively market which you must include your Padua tour.

Visiting hours: Winter weekday/public holiday visiting hours: 9am – 6pm, last entrance 5.30pm. Summer weekday/public holiday visiting hours 9am – 7pm, last entrance 6.30pm. Closed on Mondays. Piazza delle Erbe, Padova www.padovanet.it

Prato della Valle: your Pdua tour shoud not miss the largest square in Italy and the second largest in Europe, Prato della Valle today is the favourite meeting place of Paduan students, while in the medieval period it was place for military meetings and folk festivals. The layout is elliptical and this singular square is characterised by a canal surrounding a central island, called Memmia. The 78 surrounding statues, realised starting from 1766, represent people (all men except for one) who were important for the history of Padua.

Anatomical Theatre: a tour of Padua must include the oldest anatomical theatre in the world is situated in Palazzo del Bo, today the location of the Faculty of Law in Padua. The room was built in 1594 and is perfectly preserved. It is structured in the shape of an amphitheatre; the central area still has the original dissecting table and all around the tiers of galleries.

Visiting hours: Winter weekday(from November)/public holiday visiting hours (only guided tours): Mon, Wed, Fri: 3.15pm; 4.15pm; 5.15pm; Tues, Thu, Sat: 9.15am; 10.15am; 11.15am. Tel. 049 8273044-47. Palazzo del Bo, Via 8 Febbraio 2, Padova.

Castello di San Martino: just 5 minutes away from Frassanelle agritourism in the Padua Hills. The oldest part of the castle was built in 1000; today it is an archaeological museum with findings from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages. Visiting hours: from 1st April to 30th September the castle is open on Saturday 3pm-7pm and Sunday 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. From 1st October it is open on Saturday 2pm-6pm and Sunday 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Tel. 049 9915425. Via S. Martino, Cervarese S. Croce.

www.musei.padova.it

Abbazia di Praglia: just 10 minutes from our agritourism in the Euganean Hills. It is the largest Benedictine abbey in Italy, founded in the 11th century. Of particular interest are the cloisters and the church dedicated to the Virgin. The abbey also has a herbalist shop which sells honey, creams and infusions made by the monks. Visiting hours: guided tours and only for advance bookings. Sunday and public holidays: regular hours: 14:30; 15:00; 15:30; 16:00; 16:30; daylight saving: 15:30; 16:00; 16:30; 17:00; 17:30. weekdays: regular hours: 14:30; 15:10; 15:50; 16:30; daylight saving: 15:30; 16:10; 16:50; 17:30. Via Abbazia 7, Teolo. www.praglia.it

Villa dei Vescovi: just 10 minutes from our agritourism in the Euganean Hills. Currently there are renovation works in progress, and the villa should be reopened by Spring 2010.

Inside you can see an important cycle of Raphaelesque frescoes painted during the first half of the 16th century by Lamberto Sustris.

Visiting hours: To see when the villa will reopen and the visiting times check the website www.fondoambiente.it . Via dei Vescovi, Torreglia

Ca’ Marcello: The castle was once the residence of Ezzelino III da Romano in the 13th century. In the 14th century it became the property of the Carraresi signory who commissioned the huge tower fireplaces to be built, the only examples in Italy. In 1405 with the defeat of the da Carrara family the castle passed to the noble Venetian family Marcello who extended it to its current form. Besides the 16th century decorations in the interiors, the six chapels along the Via Sacra that leads to the fortress are also of interest. Guided tours: from 1st April to 30th November. Regular hours: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00. Daylight saving: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00. Closed on Mondays. Tel. 0429 72931. Via del Santuario, Monselice. www.castellodimonselice.it

Villa Beatrice d’Este: the edifice takes its name from Blessed Beatrice d’Este, who founded a religious house in the 12th century. It was then transformed into a villa during the 17th century by a Venetian merchant, while the arcade was added in the 19th century. Today it houses an interesting nature museum. Visiting hours: from 1st April to 30th September: Saturday 3pm-7pm, Sunday 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. From 1st October: Saturday 2pm-6pm, Sunday 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Tel. 049 9915425.www.musei.padova.it

Cava Bomba Museum: The 19th century lime kiln is an interesting example of the lime producing method. The paleontological museum houses fossils found on the Euganean Hills.

Visiting hours: from 1st April to 30th September. Saturday 3pm-5pm, Sunday 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Tel.049 9915425. Via Bomba 46, Cinto Euganeo.

www.musei.padova.it

The gardens of Villa Barbarigo: In 1600 Antonio Barbarigo designed this majestic garden with fountains and a box maze inspired by the classical Roman models. The garden is decorated with 70 statues, of which 40 are ascribed to Marengo. Visiting hours: from March to November, 10am-1pm and 2pm-sunset. Tel. 049 8055614. Via Diana 2, Valsanzibio, Galzignano Terme.

www.valsanzibiogiardino.it

Petrarch’s house: in the welcoming and refined last residence of Petrarch you can still see the room in which the poet died in 1373, together with the rest of the house, later decorated with renaissance frescoes.

Visiting hours: from March to October: from 9am to midday and from 3pm to 4.30pm. From November to February: from 9am to midday and from 2pm to 5pm. Closed on Mondays, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Years Day, 1st May. Tel. 0429 718294. Via Valleselle, Arquà Petrarca.

Villa Emo Capodilista: 10 minutes from our agritourism in the Euganean Hills. This imposing villa is the creation of the painter and architect Dario Varotari, pupil of Veronese. The interiors have been richly frescoed with mythological themes and scenes from the family’s history. Visits are possible only upon request by calling 049 637294. Via Montecchia 12, Selvazzano Dentro.

www.lamontecchia.it

Catajo Castle:dates back to the 16th century, the castle is halfway between a fortress and a palace. A visit to the large park and the interiors of the piano nobile is a must.

Visiting hours: from March and from September to November: Sunday and Tuesday 2.30pm-6.30pm, from April to August, Sunday and Tuesday 3pm-7pm. Via Catajo, Battaglia Terme.

Castle of San Pelagio, Air Museum:

The museum houses models and real aircraft, from the primitive designs of Leonardo da Vinci to modern days. Outside there is a beautiful garden with two mazes. Visiting hours: from February to November the whole week except for Mondays, 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm (winter) /7pm (summer). Tel. 049 9125008. Via San Pelagio 34, Due Carrare.

www.museodellaria.it