Palazzo del Bò

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

This Renaissance palazzo is the seat of Padua’s history-making university. Founded by renegade scholars from Bologna seeking greater intellectual freedom, the university has employed some of Italy’s greatest and most controversial thinkers, including Copernicus, Galileo, Casanova and the world’s first female doctor of philosophy, Eleonora Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia (her statue graces the stairs). Guided tours cover Galileo’s lecture hall and the world’s first anatomy theatre .

Note there are only two tours per day from November to March.