Discover Padova

Have you ever visited Padua? Come with us! We will discover the secrets of the great artists and the most evocative places, the ancient flavours and traditions hidden in the most colourful markets of the old town.

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You do not enjoy the seven or seventy-seven wonders of a city, but the answer it gives to your question. (Italo Calvino)

A walk that starts from the Caffè Pedrocchi, the Café without doors, one of the symbols of our city, emblem of its love for beauty and goodness and its cosmopolitan spirit.

A tour that takes you to admire the Town Hall building, the result of a century-old evolution with the medieval tower next to the Byzantine capitals, the Renaissance courtyard and staircases close to the 19th century integrations and the 20th and 30th century facade.

We will then stop to tell you the story of Bo, the building of the famous University founded in 1222, one of the first in Europe, an institution that has greatly helped shape the identity of today’s city. We will enter the Ancient Courtyard of the University with the Aula Magna where Galileo Galilei taught, the heraldic coats of arms of students and professors witnesses of past centuries and the statue of Elena Cornaro, the first woman to graduate in the world.

After having pause also in the Cortile Nuovo del Bo, with testimonies of more recent history, we will head towards the squares of the traditional market. Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, lively, colourful and noisy, crossroads of city life since the Middle Ages, are dominated by the imposing Palazzo della Ragione, an ancient court and architectural jewel of the 13th century Padua that houses the largest frescoed astrological cycle in the world.

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