Welcome to Padua, a town of vast cultural and artistic heritage!
A journey between past and present, between millennial history, traditions and art: this is Padua.
A city full of beauty, such as the restored Palazzo dellaRagione and Loggia deiCarraresi, Scrovegni Chapel with theprecious cycle of Giotto's frescoes, the sculptures of Donatello or the most modern lines of Libeskind monument.
The city was one of the cultural capitals of the fourteenth century. The artistic splendor of this century was one of the fruits of the pronounced culture favored by the CarraresiSignoria who made Padua one of the leading centers of pre-humanism. Since 1222 Padua has been the seat of a prestigious university which ranks among the oldest in the world.
HOW TO REACH PADUA
By train: Padua is a central railway node in the Veneto area. Many lines converge into the city central station.
❐ Venezia (Venice, Trieste) - Venice is only a 30 minutes
❐ Bologna (Bologna, Ferrara, Rovigo, Rome, Florence) 1 hour and 30 minutes
❐ Milano (Milan, Brescia, Verona, Vicenza) 2 hours and 30 minutes
All trains pass through Padua: Eurostar, InterCity, Euro City, Inter Regionale, Regionale, Inter City Night, Euro Night, Espresso.
More info is available on Trenitalia website http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
From Padua Railway Station to the city centre:
❐ By taxi: max. 10 minutes, Tel: 0039 049 651333; www.taxipadova.it
❐ By bus or tram (APS): departures every 5 minutes, bus no. 8, 10, 12,18 and the metro tram
❐ On foot: the Scrovegni Chapel is only 10 minutes far; the city center 15-20 minutes
Padova is connected through the national highway network:
❐ A4 Turin-Milan-Venice-Trieste
❐ A13 Bologna-Padua
Padua “Gino Allegri” Airport (QPA IATA code) is nearby, but for private planes and with no direct commercial connections.
However, 3 international airports are conveniently located nearby:
❐ Venezia Marco Polo (VCE IATA code), 50 km, lot of destinations throughout Europe.
From this airport you can reach Padua in the following ways:
- taxi: call 0039 049 651333 at least 24 hours in advance to get on a collective taxi http://www.taxipadova.it/home-eng
- bus: from Venice Airport to Padua Train Station, every 30 minutes from 6am to 11pm on working-days and approximately every hour on feast days
- train: regular bus from Venice Airport to Mestre Train Station + train from Mestre to Padua (it takes approx. 40 minutes).
❐ Treviso (TSF IATA code), 42 km, low-cost airport with Ryanair and other carriers.
On working days from 7 am to 8 pm there are regular buses every 30 minutes connecting Padua with the airport in Treviso (approx. 1 hour with regular traffic).
❐ Verona Valerio Catullo (VRN IATA code), 88 km, many domestic flights and some international destinations (also low-cost). A shuttle service connects Verona airport with Verona Train Station. From Verona trains to Padua every 2 hours during the day, it takes about 2 hours)
Other airports and distances:
❐ Bologna G. Marconi (BLQ IATA code), 120 km
❐ Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY IATA Code), 195 km
❐ Milano Linate (LIN IATA code), 230 km
❐ Milano Malpensa (MXP IATA code), 280 km
GETTING AROUND PADUA
Padua city map with tourism information
Click here to download http://www.apadova.info/wp-content/uploads/mappa-padova-citta.pdf
Padua City Roads
Padua center is Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) bordered by electronic gates that read the vehicles license plates.
The circulation in the ZTL is permitted only to vehicles in possession of a special circulation permit.
For a map showing the gates open the attachment by clicking here http://www.padovanet.it/informazione/zona-traffico-limitato-centro-storico
To know all the public transport services and the best combinations of line and timetables to reach a place, click here
Urban transport: http://www.turismopadova.it/en/basic-page/urban-transport
Each city is worth discovering not only thanks to its monuments but also for its traditions and rhythm of the life: this is the right way to meet the real territory soul! There are cultural itineraries that can easily match with shopping itineraries.
For example a cultural-commercial itinerary is the route from the square Prato Della Valle to the Basilica of Saint Anthony and further through via del Santo street to Zabarella palace, seat of art exhibitions, following via Zabarella street, a side street of via Altinate and to Eremitani square where there is the cultural area with the museums of Padua. Along with this itinerary there are 300 shops with different commercial activities including religious articles in the area of the Basilica of Saint Anthony, cakes and pastries, antiques, gifts and fancy goods, fashion, accessories, clothes, branded perfumes, ceramics, handicraft of gold, ceramics and wood products.
Another itinerary, the typical fashion street, starts from via San Fermostreet to Galleria Borromeo arcade with a lot of shops of the most famous fashion brands, ateliers, perfume, leather, and watches.
The best months for the good weather in Padua are April, May, June, July, August, September and October.
Temperature on May: 15C-23C.
Sunny days with chance of rain.
Other information related to Padua
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Palazzo BO, is the historical seat of University of Padua since 1493 and it is located in the ancient medieval heart of town. It hosts an extraordinary architectural, historical and cultural heritage. The complex we see today is the result of the restoration of a series of buildings which gathered together ancient medieval towers and renaissance palaces. The old courtyard with a double doric and ionic order of arcades is by Andrea Moroni (Mid 16th century), the Anatomy Theatre, was built in 1594 by the famous professor of Anatomy GirolamoFabricid´Acquapendente, the SaladeiQuaranta is decorated by the portraits of 40 distinguished scholars who studied at the University and hosts Galileo’s original chair, the 18th-century Aula Magna was renovated from 1854-56 and in 1942 (by the architect GiòPonti). In the small hall adjacent to the Anatomy Theatre there is a permanent exhibition of busts and coat of arms, old diplomas, engravings, portraits, medals, seals, various documents and a wooden model of the Anatomy Theatre.
One of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, Venice has always been an important trading and political center in Europe.
In the 18th century, it became one of the most elegant and refined cities in Europe, influencing art, architecture, and literature.
That is why every year thousands of tourists come here to experience the vivid life that Venice has to offer. Because of its colorful carnival life, it should be on the bucket list of every traveler or artist in the world.
Venice and its mainland are particularly rich in museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural importance.
Tourism has been a significant sector of Venetian industry since the 18th century, when it was a primary center for the Grand Tour, with its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness, and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage. In the 19th century, it became a popular center for the "rich and famous", often staying or dining at luxury establishments such as the Danieli Hotel and the Caffè Florian.
In the 1980s, the Carnival of Venice revived, and the city has become a leading center of international conferences and festivals, such as the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival, which attracts visitor’s formal lover the world for their theatrical, cultural, cinematic, artistic, and musical productions.
Today there are numerous attractions in Venice, such as St Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco.
The Lido di Venezia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics, celebrities, and especially people in the film industry.
The city also relies heavily on the cruise business.