APT Padova with indication of museums and suggestions of what to visit and do during your stay:

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Padova is called the city “in which there’s a coffee bar without doors that is Caffè Pedrocchi, a field without grass that is Prato della Valle and a saint without name that is Saint Antonio”.

BoAccording to a local said, Padova inhabitants are “Super Doctors” because our University was founded on 1222 and it’s the second oldest university in Italy. It was the first one to admit Jewish among its students (normally they were closed in the ghetto). Lucrezia Corner Piscopia was the first woman to get a degree in the world in 1678. At that time women could not attend university.

In Palazzo Bo you can have a look to the first Teatro Anatomico in the world: it was a laboratory for post mortem examinations. Galileo Galilei had his lectures here in Padova and Gabriele Fallopio studied fallopian tube which effectively took his name. It was the only university to be awarded with the golden medal for its students behaviour during the Resistance. If you want you can visit Palazzo del Bo, the official and historical University Headquarter:


We suggest you to visit Caffè Pedrocchi and admire its neoclassical style and Egyptian decorations. It was the gathering place of intellectuals: there they used to discuss new rebel idea during the riots of 1848.

Don’t miss Palazzo della Ragione! Inside you can see the original Pietra del Vituperio or the Shaming Seat, which is a stone seat. On this seat bankrupt guilty were undressed and left only in underclothes! Upstairs there is a massive dark hall that is adorned with a large number of frescoes. At Palazzo della ragionea height of 85 feet it is one of the largest halls in the world without supporting columns. The original paintings were done by Giotto but they were nearly completely destroyed in a fire in 1420.

In Padova there’s the famous Giotto’s masterpiece Cappella degli Scrovegni or Scrovegni Chapel. It was built in 1300 by Enrico Scrovegni and it is dedicated to the blessed Virgin. Scrovegni wanted in that way to rest in peace his fathers soul whscrovegnio was mentioned by Dante in Canto XVII of the inferno as being a usurer. Giotto the famous Tuscan artist was in charge for the frescoes that decorate the interior of the chapel. The story of the frescoes starts from the blue star spangled sky ceiling and continues with the story of Joachim, Virgin Mary, the Passion of Christ and at the end Death and Resurrection. For the sake of the frescoes, visitors have to wait in a special air-conditioned room before their entrance to the chapel, watching a brief story of what they are going to see and protecting at the same time the fragile condition of the frescoes.

Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova. The basilica is known locally as “il Santo”. It is one of the eigBasilica del Santoht international shrines recognized by the Holy See. It is one of Padua’s most famous tourist attractions. It was built in the 1200s after the death of St. Anthony. The basilica’s architecture is a mix of romanesque and byzantine styles, with its exterior featuring a number of domes. The interior’s highlights are the tomb of St. Anthony, the altar (which features sculptures by Donatello), and a number of small side chapels that contain beautiful paintings and sculpture. One of the side chapels, the Treasury Chapel, contains a number of relics of St, Anthony.

The Orto Botanico or Botanical Garden, it’s the Italian oldest garden! It was first planted in 1545 by the university’s medical department as a collection of herbs and plants with medicinal uses. The gardens are still laid out pretty much as they were originally and each plant is carefully labeled with its Latin name. There are over 6000 plants in total. Together with the Historical Garden a new part, corto botanicoalled the Biodiversity Garden, had benn recently added and opened to the public in 2014. This part contains around 1300 species and aims at combining together tradition to openness to the future. The Botanical Garden allows for intensive didactic activity as well as important research to be conducted on its grounds. It also cares for the preservation of many rare species. In 1997, it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage.

A pleasant local tradition is the spritz or aperitif in one of the central piazzas (Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta or Piazza dei Signori), starting between 7 and 8 in the evening. There are lots ospritzf students and young people, which makes for a very pleasant atmosphere.

Here in Padova was invented Aperol liqueur and from here Spritz tradition was spread in the whole region.



Ciao Lorenzo…

Una pagina in onore del Prof. Lorenzo Bernardi (1943-2014).



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