Padua, city of Art and Science
Situated between the Bacchiglione and Brenta Rivers, Padua is the home of one of the world's most prestigious universities. Galileo Galilei and Andrea Vesalio taught here centuries ago. In the Renaissance period, Padua became an epicenter for the development of art and architectural design, with many of the techniques still used in monuments, museums and buildings today. Donatello worked for almost ten years in Padua. His equestrian statue, Gattamelata, considered one of his masterpieces, influenced the bronze technique developed later by other local artists. Andrea Mantegna began his career in Padua, perfecting his art, before leaving for Mantova, and Giotto worked in the city for more than two years.
We'll wander through the picturesque streets, finally arriving at the Scrovegni's Chapel which contains Giotto's masterpiece. The lives of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are told through Giotto's newly created style of painting, based on narration and emotion. Our next stop will be at the Church of the Eremitani where you will have the opportunity to admire one of the first works of the young Andrea Mantegna. As we continue to wander through this area of the city, you'll also have a chance to visit the 13th century Palace of Reason located between Erbe and Frutta Squares, the Signori Square, and the University of Padua. Brief stop at the elegant Caffé Pedrocchi.
The extraordinary Basilica of St. Anthony is just few minutes from the Squares. St. Anthony, a Portuguese priest and Franciscan friar, asked to be buried in the original small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Thousands of visitors travel to Padua each year to honor his tomb and admire the masterpieces of Donatello and Giotto.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Entrance of Civic Museum in Piazza Eremitani
End location: Basilica of Saint Antony
Duration: 3 hours
Guided tour, entrance fee for Scrovegni's Chapel (Giotto's frescoes) and a coffee break at the famous Caffè Pedrocchi to taste the delicious espresso called "caffè Pedrocchi"
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euro - If you would like to enter other museums and have alight lunch after the tour.
All entrance fees into Museums, Churches etc. not mentioned in the tour.
Lunch, drinks, snacks.
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Deborah was a marvelous guide with a lot of local historical and art knowlodge of Padova.