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Padua

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Holy City
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares). Several bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione river, which once surrounded the ancient city walls like a moat. Padua is home to an 800-year-old university where Galileo Galilei once lectured. Most of the streets in the historic town center are narrow, quiet, and often made of cobblestones. This area is not very big, so most of its main sites can be easily explored on foot. Padua is the birthplace of architect Andrea Palladio, whose elegant 16th-century villas dot the surrounding countryside. Plan your holiday in Padua and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Italy holiday planner.
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Popular things to do in Padua

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Church
Scrovegni Chapel
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Basilica of St. Anthony
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Prato della Valle
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Centro Storico
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Padua

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World heritage site
Castello Estense Ferrara
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Food Tour
Food Tours Parma
4.9
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo Ferrari Maranello
4.1
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Winery / Vineyard
PDC Cartizze Valdobbiadene
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Padua

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Religious Site
Chiesa degli Eremitani
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Site
Piazza dei Signori
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Science Museum
MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Padua

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Religious Site
Battistero del Duomo di Padova
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Piazza delle Erbe
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Basilica di Santa Giustina
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Scoletta del Santo
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Padua

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Specialty Museum
Museum of Archaeological Sciences and Art
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo del Precinema
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Museo Diocesano di Padova
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Padua

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Observatory
Planetario di Padova
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Children’s Museum
Museo Veneto Del Giocattolo, Padova, Italia
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Esapolis - Museo Vivente degli insetti
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Science Museum
MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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World heritage site
Orto Botanico di Padova
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Government Building
Ragione Palace
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Cantina San Gregorio Valdobbiadene
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Padua

A convenient base for trips to and from Venice and the surrounding countryside, Padua is packed with good-value hostels and B&Bs, minutes away from the city's main tourist sites. Offering more than just simple comfort and good food, centrally located hotel chains boast numerous modern amenities, such as fitness centers. Another option in the heart of town, self-catering apartments offer secure parking and access to private yards, ideal for summer parties and quiet dinners.
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