Cappella degli Scrovegni

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Padua , Italy
Piazza Eremitani 8
+390 49 201 00 20
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adult/reduced €13/8
Opening hours
9am-7pm Mon, to 10pm Tue-Sun Mar-Oct, 9am-7pm Nov-Dec, by reservation only
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Dante, da Vinci and Vasari all honour Giotto as the artist who ended the Dark Ages with his 1303–05 frescoes. Giotto’s moving, modern approach changed how people saw themselves: not as lowly vassals but as vessels for the divine, however flawed. This humanising approach was especially well suited to the chapel Enrico Scrovegni commissioned in memory of his father, who as a moneylender was denied a Christian burial.

Previously medieval churchgoers had been accustomed to blank stares from saints perched on high, golden thrones, but Giotto introduced biblical figures as characters in recognisable settings. Onlookers gossip as middle-aged Anne tenderly kisses Joachim, and Jesus stares down Judas as the traitor puckers up for the fateful kiss. A 10-minute introductory video provides some helpful insights before you enter the church itself.

Pick up prebooked tickets at the Musei Civici agli Eremitani, where you access the chapel. Chapel visits last 15 minutes, plus another 15 minutes for the video, though the ‘double turn’ night-session ticket (adult/reduced/child under seven years €12/6/1) allows a 30-minute stay in the church.