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Discover the Charm of Padua Italy: Your Essential Day Trip Itinerary for this Unmissable Destination

Ready for an awesome day trip to Padua? This charming city in northern Italy is packed with history, beautiful architecture, and a lively cultural vibe. Let's go (Andiamo)!


View of a Padua city center street with a pink building on the left and a cream colored building with portico on the right
Padua City Center

Morning in Padua:

9:00 AM: Visit the Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni) to see the stunning frescoes by Giotto. Giotto’s groundbreaking work with the Scrovegni chapel inspired some of Italy’s greatest artists who came after him: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Masaccio, and Raphael all visited this site for inspiration.

TRAVEL TIP: You will need a reservation with a timed entrance. Tickets price includes admission to the Civic Museum (Musei Civici Eremitano) in the same complex


A view of Giotto's frescos inside the Scrovegni Chapel facing the far end of the chapel.
Giotto's frescos inside the Scrovegni Chapel

10:30 AM: Arrive in Padua and start your day at the Basilica of Saint Anthony (Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova), a beautiful church housing the tomb of Saint Anthony of Padua. Be sure to take time to take in Donatello’s Alter, the Chapel of the Relics, the frescos in the Oratory of St. George, and the Basilica’s cloisters.


Street level view of the exterior of The Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
The Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua

 12:00 PM: By now your head will be swimming with art and history overload, so head to Caffè Pedrocchi for lunch. This historic café offers a variety of traditional Italian dishes and a charming atmosphere. Try their famous "Caffè Pedrocchi" drink.


Afternoon in Padua:

2:00 PM: Work off your lunch with a relaxing stroll through the Prato della Valle, one of the largest public squares in Italy, known for its beautiful statues, fountains, and greenery. I love the canal that encircles the garden area of the piazza.

view of the grand piazza from a stone bridge over a green canal
Prato della Valle


3:30 PM: Visit the University of Padua (Università degli Studi di Padova). Built in 1222, it is one of the oldest universities in the world. You can explore its historic buildings and courtyards. This university was home to the famous astronomer Galileo. He taught here in the 16th century. Make sure to see his perfectly preserved lectern while you are here.


5:00 PM: If time allows, take a leisurely walk through the neighboring Orto Botanico di Padova, the world's oldest academic botanical garden, established in 1545.


Evening in Padua:

7:00 PM:  As the day transitions into the evening and you have time, enjoy dinner at Osteria ai Scarponi, a cozy restaurant known for its traditional Venetian cuisine and welcoming atmosphere. Try some local specialties like risotto, seafood dishes, and tiramisu.

NOTE: Reservations are required


Or opt for an elegant dining experience at Ristorante al Fagiano near the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua.


Put the perfect stamp on your day trip with an evening walk through the charming streets of Padua. There is nothing better than soaking in the city's charm than under the moonlight.


I hope this itinerary offers you a mix of historical sightseeing, cultural experiences, and a few delicious dining options to make the most of your day trip to Padua. Enjoy your visit!

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