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Culture of Padua. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Padova, Prato della Valle By the amount of significant tourist objects the city of Padua trails only the majestic sea-born city of Venice. Padua is a large and impressive city which offers its guests various excursion programs fitting every taste, fancy and budget. A unique historical landmark is the Cathedral of Padua (Duomo di Padova). In the course of the long history of its existence the cathedral was twice destroyed to the root and rebuilt anew.
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The last design of the religious building was managed by the famous artist Michelangelo, however his great plan failed to be realized and completed. The building of the cathedral was not completed that is why its current look is rather modest. In the neighborhood of the Cathedral tourists will find the ancient Baptistry which is remarkable for its inimitable inner decoration. Its walls are covered with ingenious paintings for eternal admiration of visitors.
The same interesting tourist object to visit and enjoy is the Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni) the main feature of which is majestic fresco paintings. The inestimable samples of pictorial art were created by Giotto. The world renowned master of frescos succeeded to execute the work in keeping to the best traditions of Renaissance epoch. Apart from majestic fresco paintings the chapel keeps the ancient statues of the Virgin Mary. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Among other religious monuments and landmarks the Saint George Oratory and the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua are the most interesting ones. The basilica stuns its visitors with its scale and unique architectural decoration. One of the oldest buildings of the city of Padua is the Bo Palace. The palace currently hosts one of the city universities. The building of the palace was finished in 1493. Its history is rich in numerous significant events.
padova piazza Thus, by the end of the 16th century the palace hosted the first and only one anatomy theater on the territory of Europe. In the beginning of the 17th century Galileo Galilei was teaching students there. The same impressive historical landmark is the Palace of Ragione (Palazzo della Ragione). Its length is about 80m and the height of the building is 24m. The palace of ultimate beauty serves as a kind of a border between two city squares of the same majestic beauty being the Fruit square and Herb square. Among cultural landmarks and sights the Rissorgimento and Contemporary Art Museum is well worth visiting. The museum keeps a huge collection of historical showpieces. This cultural establishment holds interesting excursions and offers its guests to watch various historical documental films.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion tickets or city discovery tours over Padua and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Padua and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Padua
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Chiericati' Vicenza, 30 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ca’ Foscari' , 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Labia' , 35.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ca’ Rezzonico' , 35.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Malipiero' , 35.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Grassi' , 35.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Barbarigo' , 35.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Padua
♥   Basilica Pontificia di Sant’Antonio, Padova, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica-Abbazia di S. Giustina, Padova, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica-Abbazia di S. Maria Assunta, Praglia, 12.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria delle Grazie, Este, 26.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria di Monte Berico, Vicenza, 29.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Maria Annunziata, Vicenza, 30.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venezia, 35.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Padua and near

Ponte di Rialto

From the series “Unbelievable and magnificent bridges and viaducts”
Just like many years ago, the shops are open, 24 souvenir shops with exclusive goods on the bridge. Rialto Bridge is located in the district of the same name, to whose honor it was named. It must be noted that the bridge was built in the narrowest part of the Great Channel. In 1551 a competition for the best bridge design was declared, in which the most famous and mostly gifted architects of Europe participated. The unsuccessful architect Antonio de Ponte won the competition. The design of the bridge, presented by him, recalled the old wooden bridge, which was used for crossing the canal earlier. … Read further

Burano

From the series “The most magical and picturesque cities in the world”
Walking through the streets of the amazing city, only at first glance it may seem that its miniature houses are painted in different colours in a chaotic order. In fact, the houses are painted according to a specially approved system. Every local resident who want to repaint his house, must make an official request to the government. After some time he will receive an official response with an accessible palette of colours from which he can choose the most suitable one. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Padua

Culture guide to Padua. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Padua: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Padua. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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