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Although its channels, skyline and moats make Padova appear similar to Venice, explore the interior parts of the city and you will easily appreciate why it is unique. Buy fresh pasta and cheese from a vendor at the Palazzo della Ragione. Walk among ruins of the Roman Arena. See as much of Padova as you can in a daytrip or stay for a month.
Variously ruled by Romans, Franks, Venetians and Austrians, Padova has developed its own special blend of beauty. Its handsome architecture and the University of Padua have made it a world destination. Sights such as St. Anthony’s Basilica attract millions each year for religious and other reasons. Visit this cathedral to see the statues and crucifix by Donatello.
Walk slowly through the Prato della Valle. At over 900,000 square feet (83,600 square meters), this is one of Europe’s largest public squares. Tour the sculptures that flank the canal winding through the square. To see a fascinating memorial, turn into the Martyrs’ Hallway at the Santa Giustina Basilica, which stands over the square.
Complete your trip to Padova by visiting the Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico). The variety of plant species and arrangements and architecture here are worth hours of peaceful roaming. Inhale the sweet fragrance of one of the oldest academic botanical gardens in the world.
The sights in Padova’s historic center are within walking distance of each other. Take the APS Mobilità’s tram and bus service for trips outside the historic center. Find a bike to rent, as Padova is especially flat and easy to bike. Avoid driving, however, because traffic jams are frequent and a number of sightseeing areas prohibit cars.
Find many hotels, hostels and remarkable restaurants around Padova’s historic center. With so much to do, and with such proximity to Venice, take your time exploring Padova, one of Europe’s most delightful cities.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Porta Ognissanti, Church of the Eremitani, and Padova Trade Fair. PalaFabris and Palazzo di Giustizia di Padova are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Padova, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Giardini dell'Arena, Scrovegni Chapel, and Church of the Eremitani. Pedrocchi Cafe and University of Padova are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Padova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museo Antoniano, University of Padova, and Pedrocchi Cafe. Church of the Eremitani and Scrovegni Chapel are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Padova, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital of Padova, University of Padova, and Pedrocchi Cafe. Church of the Eremitani and Scrovegni Chapel are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Padova, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palazzo di Giustizia di Padova and Giardini dell'Arena. Scrovegni Chapel and Church of the Eremitani are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Set in the center of Montegrotto Terme, this family-friendly hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from International Museum of the Hamlet Mask and Donato Sartori, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Padua Botanical Garden and Montecchia Golf Club. MUSME and Zuckermann Palace are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in City Center Padova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Prato della Valle, University of Padova, and Pedrocchi Cafe. Church of the Eremitani and Scrovegni Chapel are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Padova, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Clock Tower and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Basilica di Sant'Antonio da Padova.