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IAT – Uffici di Informazione e Assistenza Turistica (Tourist Information Offices)

  • Galleria Pedrocchi, 9 – phone: +39 049.2010080

e-mail: infopedrocchi@turismopadova.it

opening times: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 7 pm

  • At the Railway Station – phone: +39 049.2010080

e-mail: infopedrocchi@turismopadova.it

opening times: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 7 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

 


The International Welcome Office offers some Mini Tour proposals specifically arranged for the participants to InterDoc2014 and their companions.

Guided Tours

Booking (at least 10 days in advance) is required.

For further information please contact:

International Welcome Office

via San Francesco, 12

e-mail: internationaloffice@unipd.it

phone: +39 049.8273732

opening times: Monday-Friday 9.30 am-1 pm; 2.30-5.30 pm

 


Suggestions for Visitors

 

Caffè Pedrocchi

The Caffè Pedrocchi, named after its owner Antonio Pedrocchi, is one of the most important historical cafés in Italy.

It was built between 1831 and 1836 by the great Venetian architect Giuseppe Jappelli, using a combination of neoclassical and neo-gothic styles.

Since its opening the so-called “café without doors” welcomed eminent guests such as the writer Stendhal, as well as students who spent hours discussing all sorts of matters.

The ground floor develops around the Sala Rossa (Red Room), decorated with Ionian columns; on one side, the Sala Verde (Green Room), where students could meet without having to buy any drink, and opposite the Sala Bianca (White Room), where a bullet hole left by an Austrian rifle during the student riots of 1848 reminds of the atmosphere of the origins.

On the upper floor, where now the Museo del Risorgimento e dell’Età Contemporanea (Museum of the Risorgimento and Contemporary Age) is housed, rooms and halls are decorated according to different themes.

Caffè Pedrocchi

via VIII febbraio, 15

phone: +39 049.8781231

e-mal: segreteria@caffepedrocchi.it

website: http://www.caffepedrocchi.it

 

Cappella degli Scrovegni

Giotto’s decorations for the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Scrovegni Chapel) were commissioned by Enrico Scrovegni between 1303 and 1306, in order to save the soul of his father, a wealthy usurer. According to the experts, Giotto’s decorations represent the birth of modern painting and culture: the characters are for the first time in history detached from the canons of byzantine and medieval arts and each of them can therefore acquire his own and unique features. Particularly worthy of note are also the colours, especially the wonderful lapis lazuli dark blue, used to decorate the sky.

Cappella degli Scrovegni

booking required

entrance from the Eremitani Civic Museums (full price: 13 euros)

phone: 049.2010020

opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

website: www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it

 

Musei Civici Eremitani

The Eremitani Civic Museums, set in the former Eremitani monastery, consist of two parts: the Archaeological Museum, with a collection of archeological finds from the Prehistory to the Late Antiquity (ground floor), and the Museum of Medieval and Modern Arts (first floor), which contains important works of art from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including paintings and sculptures by Giorgione, Tiziano, Veronese, Canova, Tiepolo and many others. Both Museums focus particularly on Padova and its territory.

Musei Civici Eremitani

piazza Eremitani, 8

phone: 049.8204551

opening times: 9 am – 7 pm, closed on Monday

tickets: 13 euros (full price; Cappella degli Scrovegni included)

 

Chiesa degli Eremitani

In the Cappella Ovetari (Ovetari Chapel), inside the Church of the Eremitani (Augustinian friars), is kept one of the first masterpieces by Andrea Mantegna, who was actually from Padova. In 1944 a bomb hit the Chapel and destroyed the whole painting cycle, which represented the lives of St. Christopher, St. James and St. Philip. What remains today is the result of a long and meticulous restoration, carried out by generations of experts using the most modern technologies.

Chiesa degli Eremitani

opening times: Monday-Friday 7.30 -12.30 am and 3.30 – 7 pm; Saturday – Sunday 9 – 12.30 am and 4 – 7 pm

 

Duomo

The Duomo, Padova’s Cathedral, was consecrated in 1075; it was rebuilt after the 1117 earthquake and has maintained its current appearance since 1551, when the last reconstruction, based on a project by Michelangelo, started to be carried out. It was then finished in 1730, although the façade is nowadays still uncompleted.
Duomo
opening times: Monday-Saturday 7.30-12 am; 4-7.30 pm; Sunday and holidays 7.30 am -1 pm; 4-7.30 pm

 

Battistero

The Battistero (Baptistery) is a Romanesque building known for the geometry of its shapes and especially for its painting decorations, a masterpiece by Giusto de’ Menabuoi which dates back to the 14th century. The frescoes represent stories taken from the Bible (both Old and New Testament) and, on the dome, the breathtaking Paradise scenes in which stands the central figure of Christ Pantokrator (a Greek word which means “the Almighty”), holding an opened book which displays some words from the last chapter of the Book of the Apocalypse.

Battistero del Duomo

piazza Duomo

phone: +39 049.656914

tickets: 2,80 € (full price)

opening times: 10 am – 6 pm

 

Palazzo della Ragione

Palazzo della Ragione (Palace of Reason) was built in 1218 between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta. It was once the seat of the city’s law courts: the top floor, which is one enormous room popularly called Salone, was originally painted a fresco by Giotto with an astrological cycle based on the works of philosopher and alchemist Pietro d’Abano. Unfortunately, the original 333 frescoes were destroyed by a fire in 1420 and were subsequently re-painted by Nicolò Miretto, Stefano da Ferrara and other artists.

On the north-east corner of the Salone is the Pietra del Vituperio (Stone of Shame), used as a punishment for insolvent debtors and probably placed there in 1231 at Saint Anthony’s praise for the abolition of torture and life prison for them. They had to sit on the stone three times, wearing only their underwear and uttering the words Cedo bonis (“I renounce my goods”).

On the opposite side there is a huge wooden horse constructed in 1466 for the Capodilista family and wrongly ascribed to Donatello for centuries.

Below the medieval vaults of the ground floor are shops selling meat, fish, cheese and other foodstuff.

Palazzo della Ragione

entrance in piazza delle Erbe

disabled access in Palazzo Moroni, via del Municipio 1

phone: +39 049.8205006

opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am -­ 7 pm; closed on Monday and public holidays

ticket: 4 euros (full price; possible reductions)

 

La Specola

Padova was built upon the rivers Brenta and Bacchiglione and it is crossed by the Battaglia, Scaricatore and Piovego canals. In its heyday, an extensive network of canals flowed around and across the medieval city, supplying and defeating it. Padova’s waterways were also essential for its industry, which was powered by mills, and for its trade, as goods were transported mainly by water. From Piazza Capitaniato, it is possible to follow le riviere, the paths that run along the canals, down to La Specola.

The Castello Carrarese stands where the Bacchiglione divides into two. Ezzelino da Romano, the city’s tyrant, who also appears in Dante’s Inferno (XII, 110), built an enormous tower, Torlonga, in 1242 in order to defend the castle. Torlonga remained infamous for centuries after the tyrant’s death for the terrible acts that took place in its dungeons.

It became then the University’s Astronomical Observatory (Specola) in 1777. Today it houses a museum, where globes, telescopes and measuring instruments are kept in their original locations. Sala Meridiana (sundial hall) contains the largest sundial in Italy, constructed in 1779.

Museo la Specola

vicolo dell’Osservatorio, 5

phone: +39 049.8293469

website: www.oapd.inaf.it/museo-laspecola

 

Prato della Valle

After a lengthy stroll around the city, in the words of poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, what could be better than resting on prato molle, ombrato d’olmi e di marmi, che cinge la riviera e le rondini rigano di strida (soft grass, in the shade of elms and marble statues that circle the Riviera, swallows filling the sky with their cries)? On warm summer days, Prato della Valle is crowded with students, tourists, inline-skaters and people doing all sorts of sports.

Prato della Valle includes 78 statues representing illustrious people, which are set round a large elliptical green isle, surrounded by a canal: the “Prà” has maintained its current appearance since 1775, when the Venetian noble Andrea Memmo decided to reclaim what was a marshy and unhealthy area of the city.

 

Basilica di Santa Giustina

Across the road stands the majestic Basilica of Santa Giustina (Saint Justina). The abbey is a national monument; it is 122 metres long and 82 metres wide, which makes it one of the largest in the Christian world; it hosts historical treasures and works of art, including a huge library of 130,000 books.

Basilica di Santa Giustina

opening times: 8 am – 1 pm and 3 – 8 pm

 

Basilica di Sant’Antonio

In Paduan tradition, Saint Anthony’s Basilica is known locally as Il Santo. The Basilica belongs directly to the Vatican, and it is visited every year by millions of pilgrims coming from every part of the world. It contains masterpieces by Donatello, Altichiero da Zevio (in the Oratorio di San Giorgio), and Titian (in the Scuola del Santo). On 13th June, Padova honours St. Anthony, its patron saint.

Basilica di Sant’Antonio

opening times: 6.20 am – ­ 7 pm

 

Botanical Garden

Padova’s beautiful botanical garden is just a stone’s throw from Prato della Valle and Il Santo.

“The Botanical garden of Padova is the original of all botanical gardens throughout the world, and represents the birth of science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture.” This was the reason why the world’s oldest botanical garden was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997.

Founded in 1545, the botanical garden was opened to grow medicinal plants known as semplici, which were used by students and professors of medicine to prepare their remedies. In spring, visitors can enjoy the scents and colours of the thousands of different species of flowers to the sound of murmuring water in fountains full of lilies. In winter, visitors can opt to see its library or museum, as well as its greenhouses, which are full of tropical plants, including dozens of beautiful orchids of all shapes and sizes.

More than 50,000 people come here each year to see the garden’s numerous rare and precious species. The garden is also famous for Goethe’s palm, which the great poet saw in 1786 and mentioned in his Metamorphosis of plants. One section has descriptions in Braille.

Since September 2014, new areas representing the different climates across the Planet have opened to the public. The species in the Biodiversity Garden are about 1,300. They live in environments sharing the same humidity and temperature characteristics, simulating the climatic conditions of the planet’s biomes, from tropical to sub-humid, temperate and arid zones. The position of the plants in each environment and of the aquatic plant lake reflects a phytogeographic division – Plant and Environment is a voyage through the Earth’s vegetation (in America, Africa and Madagascar, Asia, temperate Europe and Oceania). And the visitor can immediately see a representation of the richness (or poverty) of biodiversity present in each climate zone.

Botanical garden

via Orto botanico, 15

phone: + 39 049 2010222

e-mail: info@ortobotanicopd.it