Padua gives travelers a break from overcrowded and touristy Italian cities like Venice, Florence and Rome. Traveling to Padua does not mean there is less in terms of culture and food. On The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, travelers are always impressed with their visit to Padua.
What to See:
Scrovegni Chapel: Some say it is more historically significant than the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The frescos by Giotto completed in 1305 depict stunning stories of the life of Jesus and then Judgement Day. For many people, it is one of the most significant and interesting examples of Italian art they have ever experienced.
Botanical Gardens of Padua: The oldest botanical gardens in Europe, it is associated with the University of Padua. Beautifully laid out, there are over 3,500 specimens of plant life. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a pleasure to stroll through with its convenient location in the center of the historical city.
University of Padua: The guided tour of one of the oldest universities in the world and the home of great scientists like Galileo and Copernicus. The highlights are the lectern of Galileo and the anatomical theater.
Basilica of St. Anthony: A destination from pilgrim's from all over the world, it is the final resting place of St. Anthony. The basilica and cloisters are impressive sites to see.
Piazzas of Padua: There are several squares in Padua, including the largest in Italy, the Prato delle Valle. All of the squares at one time or another host markets, events, and al fresco dining options.
Cruise the Brenta Canal: From Padua all the way to Venice, this cruise passes some of the great Venetian villas, many designed by the master architect Palladio.
Pedrocchi Cafe: One of the most elegant cafes to be found, it is a true Italian experience that can be taken at a leisurely pace.
Where to Stay:
The Professor's favorite hotels in Padua include the family-owned Majestic Toscanelli, Hotel Belludi 37, and Hotel al Prato.
Where to Eat:
One of The Professor's favorite dining spots in all of Italy is the casual and family-owned Osteria dei Fabbri with fresh food from the market steps away. We also like Zairo, it will please everyone, and the al fresco dining experience from one of the many restaurants surrounding the Piazza dei Signori would be a good choice.
The tram cuts right through the city of Padua for easy access to the train station. From there, it is a short train trip to Verona, Venice, Vicenza, and even Bassano del Grappa.
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