Historic Centre

Padova
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Delve into Padova’s compact historic heart and find a remarkable collection of architectural and cultural landmarks, connected by twisting cobbled streets and broad piazzas.

Padova’s Historic Centre (Centro Storico) is enriched by the city’s preserved monuments and modern energy. Get involved with the daily action of the city with lively markets, shops, cafés and bars.

The enormous Palazzo della Ragione dominates the district. Built in 1218, this imposing structure formerly housed the city court and a marketplace. The palace is surrounded by three major squares: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori. Wander around the piazzas to find Padova’s daily markets, which have been operating without interruption on this site for more than eight centuries.

Continue exploring to find Palazzo del Bò, the historic home of Padova’s university. The University Botanical Garden is among the world’s oldest botanic displays and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Another impressive structure in Padova’s historic skyline is St. Anthony’s Basilica, a Byzantine-influenced Romanesque edifice built to house the saint’s remains. Nearby, St. George’s Oratory contains an exquisite collection of frescoes. See one of the city’s most prized frescoes in Scrovegni Chapel, which is connected to the Eremitani Civic Museums and the 13th-century Church of the Eremitani.

Don’t miss a visit to one of Europe’s largest town squares, Prato della Valle. Formerly a Roman theater, this 18th-century masterpiece features a canal lined with statues. The scene is completed by the superb architecture of the adjoining Basilica of St. Giustina. See Michelangelo’s touch in the interior design of Padova’s Duomo, which also has a beautiful baptistery. Explore the winding alleys of the Jewish Quarter and find a collection of art galleries and workshops.

The Historic Centre in Padova is the heart of the city and easy to reach via light rail and bus however, it is best explored on foot. Stop off in the district’s bars, cafés and restaurants for quick refreshments or a meal. As evening falls, head to one of the Historic Centre’s piazzas to enjoy an Aperol spritz or other aperitif with the locals.


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Hotel M14
Hotel M14
3 out of 5
Via Acquette 9, Padova, PD, 35122
The price is $57 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Padova. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (766 reviews)
"City centre"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Le Camp Suite & SPA
Le Camp Suite & SPA
4 out of 5
10 Via Giovanni Anghinoni, Padova, 35121
The price is $141 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Padova. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"The staff were very supportive. Breakfast was good and having the spa with a bottle of wine was great. The room was clean and having sky movies was a bonus. Padova is beautiful so a great place to stay."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Piazza Eremitani 18, Padova, 35121
The price is $218 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Padova. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
"The palazzo and the gust rooms were extraordinary and we enjoyed our stay very much. Kanthy, who served us breakfast, and the proprietor Giovanni, who helped us in an emergency, were great. Would definitely stay again when we are in Padua."

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Hotel Europa
Hotel Europa
4 out of 5
Largo Europa 9, Padova, PD, 35137
The price is $100 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Padova. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (271 reviews)
"Good hotel, would recommend"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Hotel S. Antonio
Hotel S. Antonio
3 out of 5
Via S. Fermo, 118, Padova, 35100
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Padova. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (178 reviews)
"Molto bene"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

B&B Scrovegni
B&B Scrovegni
Via Porciglia, 18, Padova, PD, 35121
The price is $86 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
Stay at this business-friendly B&B in Padova. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (121 reviews)
"Unbeatable location for Scovegni chapel and other inner-city Padova attractions. Hostess Angela friendly and helpful. Simple, confortable accommodation, but there were mosquitoes in the room at night, which was surprising in early May."

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

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