Attractions

Top Choice Church in Padua

Cappella degli Scrovegni

Padua's version of the Sistine Chapel, the Cappella degli Scrovegni houses one of Italy's great Renaissance masterpieces – a striking cycle of Giotto frescoes. Dante, da Vinci and Vasari all honour Giotto as the art…
Church in Padua

Basilica di Sant’Antonio

Il Santo is the soul of Padua, a key pilgrimage site and the burial place of patron saint St Anthony of Padua (1193–1231). Begun in 1232, its polyglot style incorporates rising eastern domes atop a Gothic brick stru…
Historic Building in Padua

Palazzo della Ragione

Ancient Padua can be glimpsed in elegant twin squares separated by the triple-decker Gothic Palazzo della Ragione, the city’s tribunal dating from 1218. Inside Il Salone (the Great Hall), frescoes by Giotto acolytes…
Museum in Padua

Musei Civici agli Eremitani

The ground floor of this monastery houses artefacts dating from Padua’s Roman and pre-Roman past. Upstairs, a rambling but interesting collection boasts a few notable 14th- to 18th-century works by Bellini, Giorgion…
Gardens in Padua

Orto Botanico

Planted in 1545 by Padua University’s medical faculty to study the medicinal properties of rare plants, Padua’s World Heritage–listed Orto Botanico served as a clandestine Resistance meeting headquarters in WWII. T…
Museum in Padua

Museo del Risorgimento e dell’Età Contemporanea

Since 1831, this neoclassical landmark has been a favourite of Stendhal and other pillars of Padua’s cafe society for heart-poundingly powerful coffee and caffè correto (coffee cocktails). The grand 1st …
Cathedral in Padua

Duomo

Built from a much-altered design of Michelangelo’s, the whitewashed symmetry of Padua's cathedral is a far cry from its rival in Piazza San Marco. Pop in quickly for Giuliano Vangi's contemporary chancel crucifix an…
Historic Building in Padua

Palazzo del Bò

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 mos…
Church in Padua

Oratorio di San Giorgio & Scoletta del Santo

Anywhere else the fresco cycle of the Oratorio di San Giorgio and the paintings in the Scoletta del Santo would be considered highlights, but in Padua they must contend with Giotto's Scrovegni brilliance. This means…
Gallery in Padua

Palazzo Zuckermann

The ground and 1st floors of the early-20th-century Palazzo Zuckermann are home to the Museo d’Arti Applicate e Decorative, whose eclectic assortment of decorative and applied arts spans several centuries of flatwar…