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
The price is $70 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in City Center Padova, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museo del Precinema and Hospital of Padova. Prato della Valle and Padua Botanical Garden ...
3.8/5Good! (736 reviews)
"I had to cancel because of coronavirus, and the hotel will not refund me"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Hotel M14
Majestic Toscanelli
Majestic Toscanelli
4 out of 5
Via Dell'Arco 2, Padova, PD
The price is $133 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Located in City Center Padova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza delle Erbe, Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, and Scrovegni Chapel. Hospital ...
4.2/5Excellent! (235 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Majestic Toscanelli
Hotel Europa
Hotel Europa
4 out of 5
Largo Europa 9, Padova, PD
The price is $113 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in City Center Padova, this hotel is steps from Zuckermann Palace, Eremitani Town Museums, and Church of the Eremitani. Giardini dell'Arena and Scrovegni ...
4/5Very Good! (213 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Hotel Europa
Hotel Milano
Hotel Milano
4 out of 5
Via P. Bronzetti, 62, Padova, PD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $107 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Church of San Nicolò and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Hospital of Padova. Palazzo Liviano and Scoletta ...
4.1/5Very Good! (126 reviews)
"A great location by the ancient walls of Padova. Comfortable and quiet rooms and exceptionally friendly staff. Great for business trips as it is located within walking distance from the CBD and nearby the main roads."

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Hotel Milano
Hotel S. Antonio
Hotel S. Antonio
3 out of 5
Via S. Fermo, 118, Padova
The price is $74 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in City Center Padova, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Scoletta del Carmine and Hospital of Padova. Church of San Nicolò and Piazza dei Signori are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (125 reviews)
"Good location. Very nice family run hotel. Quiet, clean. Fabulous breakfasts. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Padua"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Hotel S. Antonio
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Piazza Eremitani 18, Padova
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $184 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of the Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, and Giardini dell'Arena. Pedrocchi Cafe and University ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Fantastic Villa in the centre of Padova
"Magnificent villa converted in a hotel with classy and spacious rooms located in the centre of Padova. Only negative remarks: the air conditioner of our room was not strong enough to make the refrigerate the room, particularly considering the 35C and high humidity. Also the ample bathroom has no ..."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
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