Travel and Culture in Veneto
Padua is rich in history and monuments. Unfortunately, there are only a few remnants of the Roman period, but in the old town centre there are a lot of remains that bear witness of the medieval and of the Renaissance periods. The heart of Padua is the Palazzo della Ragione (the Palace of Reason), built in 1222 (next to it the seat of the University that dates back to 1493 and is called il Bo), together with the nearby Erbe Square and Frutta Square.
We recommend you to visit the 13th century St Anthony’s Basilica. St Anthony is the patron saint of the town and this church is a synthesis of different styles (Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic and Moorish), with the nearby square where you can admire the Gattamelata monument by Donatello.
Moreover, you can visit the Cathedral (the Duomo, built in the 14th century) and the Baptistery, that preserves inside the important frescoes by Menabuoi.
The most important building of the town is certainly the Scrovegni Chapel, with its magnificent frescoes, realized by Giotto between 1305 and 1306.
Then we want to mention the town’s Pinacoteca (the picture gallery), that has got its seat in the Chiostri degli Eremitani (the Augustinian hermits’cloisters), where you can admire some unique works by Giotto, Tintoretto, Reni and Tiepolo (just to mention some of them) and the Civic-Archeological Museum with its paleo-Veneto finds.