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PRATO2Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic cities in Italy. The city centre boasts a wealth of fine medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions combined with metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere.

The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture, the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.


cappella scrovegni

Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony or as the economic capital of Veneto, Padua is one of the most important art cities in Italy.
With the Seigneury of the Carrara family start a period of extraordinary economic and cultural ardour that left an indelible mark on the town: the Medieval City Walls, the great civil and the religious buildings the foundation of the University (1222), the second in Italy, which attracts masters and students from the whole Europe. The art panorama is dominated by the figure of Giotto, who left in Padua his masterpiece, the decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel; the great Florentine master is followed by Guariento, Altichiero, Giusto de' Menabuoi, who left wonderful cycles of frescoes.


  palazzo della ragione
The historic centre of Padua is dominated by the imposing Palazzo della Ragione, which was built in the year 1218 to host the court of justice on the upper floor, and various shops on the ground floor.  

The three squares surrounding the palace - Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori - are the site of Padua's daily market, which has been taking place here for more than 800 years.

The squares are lined by bars, restaurants, shops and historical buildings. Near there are Palazzo Bo, the historical seat of Padua University, and  the Caffè Pedrocchi, one of the most famous historical cafès in Italy and prestigious venue for cultural events.   Another great monumental area is around St. Anthony's Basilica, locally simply called Il Santo, which holds the mortal remains of Saint Anthony.

A short distance away you can visit the University Botanical Garden, one of oldest in the world and the Prato della Valle, one of the largest town squares in Europe.


 teatro anatomico

Padua is the ideal place to trace the history and the achievements of mankind in the fields of science, technology, knowledge, and creativity. Since 1222, when the University of Padua was officially opened, to present day the progress of science and technology and outstanding discoveries were made possible by enlightened and brilliant personalities, in an atmosphere of utmost freedom and cultural liveliness. The University of Padua, one of the oldest in the world (and specolathe second in Italy after Bologna) is the true archetype of modern university, and the pivot of the science route in town. Its historical building, the Bo Palace, preserves the oldest anatomy theatre in the world as well as some historical sites and outstanding items, as the 14th-century Medicine Room, the chair of Galileo Galilei - who was a professor in Padua from 1592 to 1618.



Vital, creative and dynamic: the spirit of Padua combines ancient charm, millennary traditions and the vibrant rhythms and vitality of the modern metropolis. The city centre has been transformed into a wide pedestrian oasis, where streets and picturesque squares are lined with historical monuments, street cafés and historical coffee-houses, music bars and venues, bookshops, high-fashion boutiques, antiques and modern handicraft shops, galleries, classy restaurants.




A great river network connected Padua with the surrounding territory and with all the most important towns of the Veneto region. During the four centuries of the Venetian domination waterways were used to transport an impressive quantity of wares and goods from the paduan territory to Venice and Venetian noblemen could easily navigate them to reach the Euganean Hills and the paduan countryside, where they erected their magnificent villas. Until the middle of the 20th century Paduan waterways were sailed by all sort of boats: rafts, peote, burci, gondole, sandoli, padovane and burchielli, and were populated by fix and floating watermills.


Soundtouring I-PADova
is a new way to visit the city. Downloadable audio trails allow you to see a place in your own time, switching on and off your iPod or MP3 player as you go. You can print off a map too.
Audio clips can be listened to immediately on the computer, or downloaded to an iPod or MP3 player. Places of interest are plotted on the map. 
This is a new and personal way to discover and visit Padua!

5 itinerarys :

Itinerary 1: Arena Gardens, Giotto Chapel and Altinate District

Itinerary 2: Palazzo della Ragione and its squares

Itinerary 3: the Jewish Ghetto and the Cathedral

Itinerary 4: Prato della Valle and the Basilica of St.Anthony

Itinerary 5: The Walls by bike


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 sotto salonevino colli

The Paduan cuisine combines high quality ingredients with a traditional simple way of cooking. A great variety of seasonal products feeds it in its diversity of lagoons, valleys, hills, fluvial and on the plain.

Tasteful examples of the typical Paduan cuisine are the numerous minestre maridae (soups with rice and pasta), pasta e fasoi (pasta and beans), risi e bisi (rice and peas), rice with chiken livers, rice with pumpkin, vegetable soup, sausages and luganeghe with polenta, quails and game of the plain and of the Po Delta, tripe and bavino docccalà (stockfish)

The Euganean Hills are a real and true mine of wild herbs, excellent wines and oils. The area boasts thirteen D.O.C. wines, the quality carefully controlled and certified by the Consorzio Vini Colli Euganei.

 Euganean Hills Wine Road



Padua is an excellent business destination as the congress system offers the diverse range of
meeting venues to ensure success. Good infrastructures, locations and multifunctional spaces, from stately homes to the most modern congress halls: Padua has the right meeting-place for any event.


 Colli Euganei

The gentle landscapes of the Euganean Hills are one of the main attractions and tourist destinations of the Paduan territory. Their peculiar skyline created by the sequence of about 100 hills of varying heights and shapes immediately catches the traveller’s eye. Protected since 1989 by the Colli Euganei Regional Park, the Euganean Hills cover nearly 20,000 hectares. The Park counts 15 towns and villages with great natural and historical heritage.

The gem of the hills is the medieval village of Arquà Petrarca, where time seems to stand still, keeping the magic of the Middle Ages intact. Its peaceful atmosphere attracted the great Italian poet Francesco Petrarca, who spent here the last years of his life. The enchanting landscape of the hills has attracted and inspired generations of poets, writers and artists: from the provençal troubadours, who gathered at the Estensi court in the 12th century to the most important Italian and foreign writers of the past centuries such as Byron, Shelley, Foscolo, Fogazzaro and Bruce Chatwin.




 terme euganee

Surrounded by the relaxing greenery of the Euganean Hills,

the Euganean Spas (Terme Euganee), with the two main

centres of Abano and Montegrotto,

are famous worldwide for the mud and spa treatments.

They are the ideal site for a healing, uplifting and fun spa

holiday. Euganean water spring

forth at a temperature of 87°C. The abundance

of the dissolved substances make this water a unique

thermal resource, one of its kind in the world.



Padova is an ideal start point for visiting Venice (just 29 Km). Unique city, magically suspended over the water, will leave you spellbound. From our hotel you can reach the Piazzale Stanga, where two bus lines (Sita and ACTV) lead briefly to Venice, or the convenient Padua railway station you can catch a train that takes you in just 40 minutes in the heart of the beautiful lagoon city.