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Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

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In the historic city of Padua, the 14th-century Scrovegni Chapel features one of the most important works of western art in Italy, the fresco cycle by Giotto. Covering the interior walls of the church, Giotto's frescoes narrate the lives of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Wander through the church to admire the intricate detail of the frescoes, while your guide reveals details of the site's history. Book your tour online in advance; a limited number of people are admitted each day. Work out when and for how long to visit Scrovegni Chapel and other Padua attractions using our handy Padua trip itinerary maker app.
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  • So incredibly beautiful and moving. Giotto was so psychological in his painting and was an innovator in his presentation of humankind. The preliminary film was very helpful interesting and... 
    So incredibly beautiful and moving. Giotto was so psychological in his painting and was an innovator in his presentation of humankind. The preliminary film was very helpful interesting and...  more »
  • It is a miracle that these 700 year old frescoes by Giotto have survived. They are extraordinary. The city of Padua has done a remarkable job caring for them. They are a treasure of western... 
    It is a miracle that these 700 year old frescoes by Giotto have survived. They are extraordinary. The city of Padua has done a remarkable job caring for them. They are a treasure of western...  more »
  • Just fantastic, no words can do justice and describe this chapel and frescos, make sure you book ahead as visitor numbers are controlled. 
    Just fantastic, no words can do justice and describe this chapel and frescos, make sure you book ahead as visitor numbers are controlled.  more »
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  • My daughter and I visited the Scrovegni Chapel this morning and what an amazing place it is. We were extremely fortunate to have RUGGERO R as our guide, who went above and beyond to ensure that we got the most from the experience - we were very appreciative. I thoroughly recommend if you are visiting Padova.
  • One of a kind art treasure. Countless details. Educate yourself about it before you go and you will get much more from the time controlled experience. Do buy tickets on line ahead. Time slots do fill up. No ticket, no visit.
  • A Giotto art masterpiece of XIV century Must see but hire a guide if you are not into the business
  • This is an ABSOLUTE MUST SEE when in Padova! Giottos masterpiece from beginning 14th century. Very well maintained. It is recommended to by the tickets on-line. First a 20-minutes film is shown, in Italian with English subtitles. Very interesting to see and hear some history behind, and some very nice explanations and descriptions of the frescoes. Then it is 20 minutes visit to the chapel. One may take photographs, but without flash. The staff is very helping and always ready to supply with additional interesting details. Important if you buy tickets on-line: do it upfront, even days, as in the high season it tends to be crowded. Also, if you buy the tickets on-line, make sure that you also fetch the paper tickets before entering the chapel - just showing your on-line receipt would not be enough. All bags must be left in small locker closets before entering the chapel. You will need a 1 € coin for this.
  • It is a place where the "break" of Western art from Byzantine traditions can be observed. Giotto at the superlative. Wonderful colors and last but not least - the representation of the first "real" kiss in the history of Western art. The depiction of the torments of hell is an unforgettable image!

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