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Scrovegni Chapel Padua Italy
Historic center of Padua Italy
Detail on the frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua Italy
The Anatomy Theatre of the University of Padua Italy
Artisan working with the straw in Padua countryside Italy
Typical Mortadella from Veneto gastronomy Italy
The Tiramisu a typical dessert from Padua Italy
Sunset on the mountains Veneto Italy
Medieval festival around Padua Italy
Enjoying the golf course around Padua Italy
Cobs stored in a local farm around Padua Italy
Summertime in Padua countryside Italy
Sant'Antonio Basilica in Padua Italy
Spa treatments in Padua Italy
Traditional handmade baskets around Padua Italy
Artisan working with the wood in Padua countryside Italy
Ancient books from Padua library Italy
Historic center of Padua Italy


Ancient Padua (Padova) was a wealthy center of commerce, but centuries of barbarian attacks and natural disasters left few of her architectural treasures intact. Padua is an old university town with an illustrious academic history. Luminaries such as Dante, Petrarch, Galileo, Copernicus, Mantegna, Giotto, and Donatello have contributed to the city's reputation as a center of learning. Padua's university, founded in 1222 and second in seniority to Bologna's, brings an air of liberal individualism to the city's statue-lined piazza.


Padua ranks with Florence and Bologna as one of the main Italian centers of learning. The 12th-14th centuries represented a vigorous period in the city's history, typified by the building of basilicas and the expansion of the university.


The locals are proud of their city as the last resting place of St. Anthony of Padua. Honored with a seven-domed basilica that closely resembles a mosque, the Basilica di Sant' Antonio is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Italy.

Not to be missed is the magnificent  Scrovegni Chapel  ( Cappella degli Scrovegni ), north of the city center, which is famous for Giotto's lyrical frescoes. Close to the train station, it forms part of the complex incorporating the Eremitani church and museums.


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