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Top Choice Chapel 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…
Top Choice Italian in Padua

Belle Parti

Prime seasonal produce, impeccable wines and near-faultless service meld into one unforgettable whole at this stellar fine-dining restaurant, resplendent with 18th-century antiques and 19th-century oil paintings. Se…
Top Choice Cafe in Padua

Caffè Pedrocchi

This unmissable piece of olde worlde European cafe culture takes you back to the days when Stendhal held court here. The cafe is divided into three rooms, each one sporting huge maps of the world, high ceilings, sim…
Park in Padua

Prato della Valle

At the southern edge of the historical centre, this odd, elliptical garden was long used as a communal sportsground. Today it's a popular spot for locals wanting to soak up some summer rays and students swotting for…
Street Food in Padua

Dalla Zita

So small that around five people fill the place standing, this unmarked street-food bar is Padua's best spot when you need to eat on the hop. Choose from the large menu of sandwiches stuck to the wall on multicolour…
Church in Padua

Basilica di Sant’Antonio

A pilgrimage site and the burial place of St Anthony of Padua (1193–1231), this huge church was begun in 1232, its polyglot style incorporating rising eastern domes atop a Gothic brick structure crammed with Renaiss…
Museum in Padua

Musei Civici agli Eremitani

The ground floor of this monastery houses artefacts dating from Padua’s Roman and pre-Roman past including some delicate glass, serviceable Roman surgical instruments and Etruscan bronze figures. Upstairs, a ramblin…
Historic Building in Padua

Palazzo della Ragione

Ancient Padua can be glimpsed in elegant twin squares (one the fruit market, the other the vegetable market) separated by the triple-decker Gothic Palazzo della Ragione, the city’s tribunal dating from 1218. Inside …
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. Th…
Cathedral in Padua

Duomo

Built from a much-altered design of Michelangelo’s, the rather industrial facade and whitewashed symmetry of Padua's cathedral is a far cry from its rival in Piazza San Marco. Pop in quickly for Giuliano Vangi's con…