Scrovegni Chapel

Scrovegni Chapel

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Padua is a city in the northern Italian region of Veneto with well over 200,000 inhabitants.



Sights and Activities

  • The Cappella degli Scrovegni with a marvellous fresco cycle by Giotto is an absolute must see and you must make a reservation as soon as possible. At Giardini dell'Arena, a 5-minute walk from the train station.



Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airports are the ones in Verona, Venice, Treviso and Bologna.

By Train

Padua is a central railway node in the Veneto area. Many lines converge into the city central station, notably from:

  • Venezia (Venice, Trieste, and points East) - Venice is only a 30-minute ride away
  • Bologna (Bologna, Ferrara, Rovigo, Rome, Florence) one hour and half ride
  • Milano (Milan, Brescia, Verona, Vicenza) two hours and half minute ride
  • Castelfranco (Belluno, Calalzo, Feltre) 45 minute ride

All kinds of trains pass through Padua: Eurostar, InterCity, EuroCity, InterRegionale, Regionale, InterCityNight, EuroNight, Espresso.



Getting Around

By Car

Getting around by car in the city center can be very difficult. During peak hours traffic jams are frequent. And if you want to see the city center, apart from the narrow streets and pedestrian zones, a traffic limited zone has been established from 8:00am till 8:00pm and cameras on several entrance points control the access: those who are not authorized will get a fine. It is useful to park your car in one of several parking lots or on the park areas on the streets, then take a bus or walk from there.

By Public Transport

APS Mobilità (ex-ACAP, call center: +39 049 20111) runs the only tramway line of the city, based on the rubber-tired TransLohr vehicle.

The line SIR1, entered service with passengers on March, 24th 2007. The route is Stazione F.S. (Piazzale Stazione) - Trieste - Eremitani - Ponti Romani - Tito Livio - Santo - Prato della Valle - Cavalletto DX - Diaz - Santa Croce - Cavallotti - Bassanello - Sacchetti/Assunta - Cuoco - Guizza - Capolinea Sud.

This line is very useful for tourists because it stops near various monuments, museums and local landmarks like Santo Basilica, Eremitani Civic Museums, Cappella degli Scrovegni, Prato della Valle, Santa Giustina Basilica, Botanic Garden, central squares. (The stops for each of these are in bold above). The line is northbound-southbound, travel time 22 minutes from terminus to terminus. The tram runs every 8 minutes during weekdays daytime, 10 at early evening, 30 at late evening, every 20–15 minutes on Sundays from 7.07 till 0.20.

APS Mobilità (ex-ACAP, call center: +39 049 20111) runs a network of local transport that covers the main areas of the city as well as some suburbs. Many lines run on the two main axes in the centre: North-South and East-West. Many of them terminate at the train station, which is also the main node of the bus network. Apart from the tramway, the most frequent are lines 10 and 3.

By Foot

Discovering the city on foot is very easy. The historic centre is not very big, so you can go around in the narrow streets.

By Bike

Padua, luckily, is quite a flat city. Apart from the few roman bridges and some -not very steep- streets, you will not find any hills to hike! Especially in the city centre, most of the streets are narrow and quiet and the terrain is sometimes made of pavé or cobblestones. In some areas, the cobbling is such that it would be unsuitable for standard road bicycles. Outside the narrow streets, a bike lane is sometimes available. In the near Riviera del Brenta you can hire bikes at local shops, with free delivery services at your hotel, for make excursions in Padova region.




  • Pizzeria Al Duomo, Via S.G. Barbarigo 18. Great-tasting pizzas that are enormous even by Italian standards. Quality is high, prices are low (pizza and wine €10-15), and the atmosphere is great. For something different, try one of their "green" pizzas.
  • Pago Pago, Via Galileo Galilei 59 (near the Basilica - one block over and around the corner.). They have the usual range of pastas, meat/fish dishes, pizzas, etc. If you've overdosed on Italian food and want something lighter, try one of their salads. Great atmosphere and reasonable prices (salad, drink, and coffee under €15).
  • Cucina Chef Chadi, Via S. Francesco 214 (right behind the basilica: keep the building to your right and walk until the corner at the end of the street.). closed 2:00-4.30pm and after 8:00pm. If you want to avoid junk food and taste some genuine Italian flavours, choose something from this clean and healthy take-away: freshly cooked vegetables, meat, fish and pasta are displayed everyday, and served by the cook himself. Try his paella or just let him suggest the speciality of the day. A convenient place to stop by if you want to have a wide choice, or you are travelling with your children. Good service and convenient prices (lunch menu €6-15).
  • Ai Talli, Via Boccalerie 5 (on a side street off of Piazza della Frutta.). They specialize in Calabrian dishes - from the southern tip of Italy - and use only authentic ingredients. Be sure to check out the daily specials, or just stop in for a spritz if you're not quite hungry yet. Affordable prices for a central location (spritz, two courses, and wine about €20). Has tables on the corner of the Piazza when the weather is nice, i.e., most of the time.
  • Oktoberfest, Via del Santo 80 (100m from Basillica di Sant' Antonio).

8 La Lanterna, Piazza dei Signori 39. 12:00-14:30, 18:00-24:00. Pizza is baked on wooden kiln.

  • Birrolandia, Via Nazareth 11 (Near hospital (500 metres) and close to Croce Verde). 12:00 - 15:00, 19:00 - 02:00. Probably the best Pub in Padua, with a huge choice of beers and sandwiches. 5 different draft beers and more than 30 bottled beers. Very pleasant atmosphere. 0.5l draft beer costs 4-5€, 1€ less than in the city centre.
  • Il Re del Kebab, Via Belzoni 127 (Near to Porta Portello), ☎ +39 049774447. 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 23:30. Very good and cheap kebab and pizzas. One of the best felafel in town, and maybe one of the very few where to find home made humus and baba ganoush. Only take away. 3/10 €.
  • Ristorante la Finestra, ☎ +39 049650313. Via Dei Tadi 15. 19.30-22.30. The Restaurant is in one most beautiful streets of the centre, a few steps from the Duomo. The menu changes frequently according to the change of season and availability of fresh produce, check out the section "food stuff" to see some of our most famous dishes. Restaurant owners Carlo & Helene have over 20 years experience in the restaurant business: Carlo as chef and Helene as floor manager, in Italy, Europe and USA. €35-60.
  • Re Porco Osteria, Via S. Pietro,47-35139, ☎ +39 049 876 12 89, e-mail: reporco@yahoo.it. The food is wonderful, particularly the baccala in 3 consistenze (which is cod fish cooked three ways - €11); the pasticcio del porco (lasagna with free range pork - €10), which is very light; and the costoletta di agnello (lamb with a breadcrumb coating - €13). For dessert, the millefoglie con spuma chantilly e coulis di ciliegie (a light confection with cherries) is a good choice. The wine list is very interesting and Marco, the owner, does not push the most expensive bottles. Instead, he recommends local wines that suit the meal. Almost everything is made in-house, including the bread and desserts. Most of the customers are locals. Marco speaks very good English and translates the menu patiently. $$.
  • For a light lunch, stop into any cafe for tramezzini - small sandwiches that come with a variety of fillings, and are usually cheap.
  • Pizza Shop, Via Giambattista Morgagni, 48/B (At the corner with via Altinate), ☎ +39 049 875 1648. Very small take away pizzeria in the city centre, near the University. Cheap and very good. Margherita 3€, more elaborate pizzas cost 4 to 6€. On work days from October to May is full of students and you may have to wait a bit, especially at lunch time.




  • Ostello della Gioventù. Located within the city center, near La Specola and an easy walk to Prato della Valle and Basilica Saint Antonio. edit

Casa a Colori. Inspired by ethical values and social solidarity offers a cheap accommodation in Padua for any type of traveler: pilgrims, students, workers and immigrants.

  • Ostello "Città di Padova". Via Aleardi 30. Dorms from €19.
  • Ariston Molino Hotel Abano Terme, Via Augure Cornelio, 5 - 35031 Abano Terme - Padova (By car: A4 exit padova ovest; A13 exit Terme Euganee; By Train: every 20 minutes by Padua Central station), ☎ +39 049 866 9061, fax: +39 049 8669153, e-mail: aristonmolino@aristonmolino.it. Special free services: entrance to thermal pools, acqua gym class, bikes, attended car park, terrace table and chairs, TV, minibar, beauty kit. The hotel is downtown and close to the centre and has inner thermal pools with treatments centre. From €120 double room.
  • Casa del Pellegrino, Via M.Cesarotti 21 (across the square from the Basilica di Sant'Antonio), ☎ +39 0498239711, fax: +39 0498239780, e-mail: info@casadelpellegrino.com. A no-frills hotel, specializing in groups, but immaculate and quiet, and located across the street to the north of the Basilica de Santo Antonio. Some of the rooms have views of the basilica. From €40 (single, off season, shared bathroom) to €106 (more than three beds, high season).
  • Hotel Eliseo. A modern wellness center in the heart of Terme Euganee at Montegrotto on the slopes of the Euganei Hills. The hotel combines the traditional therapeutic aspects of curative thermal waters with a modern wellness center. Prices are from €57 (for a single) and €108 (for a double) on, depending on the season.
  • Hotel Abano Terme Grandtorino. Famous in Europe for over 55 years for its tradition. Built and always managed by the Maggia family, its philosophy is a warm ”family-style welcome” in an intimate atmosphere, joined with a professional staff that is always available and punctual. Prices are from €67 (for a single) depending on the season and room type.
  • Hotel Igea, Via Ospedale, 87, ☎ +39 049 8750577, fax: +39 049 660865, e-mail: info@hoteligea.it.
  • Hotel Maccaroni, Via Liguria 1, Sarmeola di Rubano, ☎ +39 049 635200. 3 star hotel with 34 rooms, 5 kilometres away from Padova city centre. Inside the hotel you may find the prestigious gourmet restaurant "Le Calandre"." €40-€120.
  • NH Mantegna, Via Tommaseo, 61, ☎ +39 049 8494 111. 4 star hotel in the centre. Rooms from €78

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Keep Connected


Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.


Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.


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