The city of Padua
Padua (in Italian, Padova) is a city located in the Veneto region of Italy. At only 45 km away from Venice, Padua has a population of approximately 214,000 residents. Padova is a beautiful and historic city, with a rich cultural and intellectual heritage. It is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Padua, which was founded in 1222 and has played an important role in the development of European thought and science.
Padova is a city with a rich history, and it boasts several landmarks that are worth a visit. The most famous of them all is the Scrovegni Chapel, where you can admire a cycle of frescoes by Giotto, one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance. Another noteworthy landmark is the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, a magnificent church that houses the tomb of the patron saint of the city. The Prato della Valle is a beautiful square that features a central island surrounded by a canal and is considered one of the largest squares in Europe. In the heart of Padova you van visit the Palazzo della Ragione, a 800 years old building that has been the market hall, town hall and palace of justice.
The philosopher, astronomist and physicist Galileo Galilei is a prominent figure in Padova’s history, having taught at the city’s university in the late 16th century. The Palazzo Bo, the main building of the University of Padova, is a must-see for those interested in the history of science.
How to get to Padua
Venice “Marco Polo” Airport is one of the most important airports for international flights and for its wide range of connections. From the airport, travel to Padova:
– by taxi/shuttle bus (40-60 minutes):
– by bus: with a regular bus service leaving every half hour from 6 am to 11 pm on weekdays and with different times on public holidays from the airport to the Padova coach and bus station. More info: Busitalia.
– by train: with a bus service from the airport to Mestre railway station and from there a train to Padova. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
Travel to Padova by:
The airport serves low-cost airlines. Travel to Padova:
– by taxi/shuttle bus:
- RADIOTAXI: call 049 651333 at least 24 hours in advance to book a shared taxi ride (www.taxipadova.it)
– by bus+train: reach the train station via VeronaAirLink service (departures every 20 minutes, the journey takes 15 minutes), from which Padova can be easily reached by train (the journey takes about 1 hour).
- A4 Torino – Trieste. Exits at Padova Ovest and Padova Est
- A13 Bologna – Padova. Exits at Padova Sud and Padova Zona Industriale
The railway station is a 15-minute walk from the old city centre; there are train services to Venice, Trieste, Verona, Milan, Bologna, Florence and Rome.
For timetables and information:
– Trenitalia (high speed and local trains)
– Italo (high speed trains)