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Battistero del Duomo, Padua

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Surround yourself with some gems of early Renaissance art at Battistero del Duomo. Adjacent to the Padua Cathedral, this small baptistery is easy to miss, but once you step inside you'll be amazed by the collection of frescoes. The work of 14th-century painter Giusto de' Menabuoi, the paintings tell stories of the Bible, the most remarkable of which is the depiction of paradise inside the dome of the baptistery. Using the shape of the dome, the artist manages to create an almost three-dimensional image. You'll pay a fee to enter the baptistery, but the site does allow you to take photos. It's not a bad idea to bring a camera with a strong zoom lens or a pair of binoculars to fully enjoy the details on the frescoes. With our custom trip planner, Padua attractions like Battistero del Duomo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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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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  • If someone was deciding whether to go inside based on its exterior appearance, they probably would have skipped this site which would have been a massive mistake. The Baptistery's interior has that wo...  more »
  • absolutely stunningly beautiful baptistery adjacent to the duomo with spellbound frescos cost -3 euro experience - obligatory and priceless  more »
  • It is well worth visiting. I found it odd that they didn't allow photos without flash as the Scrovegni chapel did which is much more visited and famous. It wasn't very busy so possible to sit and enjo...  more »
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  • The best way is to take a seat and take in all the paintings around you. Consider how old it is and how long it took to complete
  • Truly remarkable and mesmerizing frescoed interior.
  • Unmissable for anyone visiting Padua!!! Some of the most beautiful frescoes in Italy, worth the 3 eur entrance!!
  • Before the elusive cashier approached me with making rude makes me read the sign and I do you want €3!! No reason accompanies me to the exit and I closed the door in my face! I my girlfriend and son. Shame on you.
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  • Wonderful! For years I realized that jewel is concealed inside the baptistery, and when I entered for the first time I was literally speechless. We would have to stay to observe the frescoes for hours!
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