Historic CentrePadova

Get away to Historic Centre! Enjoy the monuments, cathedral and sightseeing.

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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Museums, Cathedrals and Cafés

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Top hotels in Historic Centre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Europa
Hotel Europa
4 out of 5
Largo Europa 9, Padova, PD
£74
per night
26 Oct-27 Oct

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is steps away from Zuckermann Palace, Church of the Eremitani and Scrovegni Chapel. Giardini dell'Arena and Pedrocchi ...

4/5Very Good! (169 reviews)

"Very good staff and very clean and tidy. Would use again"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019

Hotel Europa
Majestic Toscanelli
Majestic Toscanelli
4 out of 5
Via Dell'Arco 2, Padova, PD
£92
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is steps away from Piazza delle Erbe and University of Padova. Pedrocchi Cafe and Church of the Eremitani are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (213 reviews)

"Bathroom very small and noisy at the front of the building but charming helpful staff and excellent location"…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019

Majestic Toscanelli
Hotel M14
Hotel M14
3 out of 5
Via Acquette 9, Padova, PD
£54
per night
7 Nov-8 Nov

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museo del Precinema, University of Padova and Pedrocchi Cafe. Church of the Eremitani and ...

3.8/5Good! (701 reviews)

"Comfortable and very central"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2019

Hotel M14
Hotel Al Santo
Hotel Al Santo
3 out of 5
Via del Santo, 147, Padova, PD
£70
per night
7 Nov-8 Nov

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, University of Padova and Pedrocchi Cafe. Church of the ...

4.3/5Excellent! (287 reviews)

"Nice hotel, close to main attractions. Friendly staff, great breakfast. I really recommend this hotel. Only negative was that we had room over street with trash bins under our room window. It was little bit loud in the night."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2019

Hotel Al Santo
Hotel Belludi 37
Hotel Belludi 37
2 out of 5
Via Luca Belludi 37, Padova, PD
£84
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oratory of San Giorgio, University of Padova and Pedrocchi Cafe. Church of the Eremitani ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (333 reviews)

"We appreciate the staff’s kind personal service at all times of day. The daily breakfast is delicious. Our third visit through the years, always enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Hotel Belludi 37
Hotel Milano
Hotel Milano
4 out of 5
Via P. Bronzetti, 62, Padova, PD
£80
per night
7 Nov-8 Nov

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of San Nicolò, Giardini dell'Arena and University of Padova. Church of the Eremitani ...

4/5Very Good! (103 reviews)
Good experience

"We were in this hotel for 1 night, service provided was good except the air conditioner was not working. Front desk asked us to open the windows which we find it very unusual. Hotel is located at very good busy Intersection. Rooms were clean and nice. Microwave and/or electric kettle is recommended ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 May 2019

Hotel Milano

Popular things to do in Historic Centre

Scrovegni Chapel
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Scrovegni Chapel

4.5/5(188 reviews)

See some of Giotto’s finest frescoes in person in the breathtakingly beautiful interior of this 14th-century church, which stands in a scenic park.

University of Padova
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University of Padova

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Follow in the footsteps of former tutor Galileo at Italy’s second-oldest university and marvel at the very old permanent anatomical theater and botanical garden. 

Pedrocchi Cafe
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Pedrocchi Cafe

4/5(9 reviews)

Take a truly unique coffee break in this ornate café. Over the centuries it has played a role in attempted revolutions and hosted writers such as George Sand.

Church of the Eremitani
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Church of the Eremitani

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Visit this bright and airy 13th-century church to discover medieval treasures that were spared from bombardment during World War II.

Giardini dell'Arena
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Giardini dell'Arena

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Roman ruins, medieval churches and museums add context and intrigue, while floral displays and double fountains embellish the scenery in this large riverside park.

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
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Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Romanesque and Byzantine architecture meld together in the monumental façade of this superb basilica, which was built in the years following St. Anthony’s death.

Top activities in Historic Centre

Wine Tour in the Hills of Venice
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Wine Tour in the Hills of Venice

£112

DISCOVER THE VOLCANIC HILLS OF VENICE BY TASTING THEM The Euganean Hills are a group of hills of volcanic origin that rise to heights of 300 to 600 m from the Padovan-Venetian plain a few km south of Venice.

City Sightseeing Padua Hop-on Hop-off
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City Sightseeing Padua Hop-on Hop-off

£13

Take a City Sightseeing tour of Padua and hop on and off the bus at your leisure, at stops conveniently located along the route. Don’t miss a chance to see the famous Basilica of St. Anthony with its impressive Romanesque architecture and the Gothic-style aisles and eastern apse that were added in the 13th century.

Vacation Photographer in Padua
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Vacation Photographer in Padua

£24

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

The Venetian Villas and the Brenta Riviera
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The Venetian Villas and the Brenta Riviera

£61

The Brenta Riviera, a well-known waterway between Padua and Venice, is a panoramic area interesting from a historical, natural, artistical and cultural point of view.

Padua Tour like a local
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Padua Tour like a local

£52

This tour will take us, together with a local accompanist, will lead us to discover the real Padua. We will take a walk around the city to discover the most important sights and monuments.

The walled town of Monselice
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The walled town of Monselice

£43

With this experiential tour to Monselice we’ll know better this walled city by which many writers, artists, and poets were inspired. We’ll visit the Castle of Monselice, a real treasure chest where ancient weapons, beautiful tapestries and marvellous furniture from all Italy are preserved.