In Padua you will find multiple bus lines and one tram. Most of those pass trough the city station (We assume that you followed or guide on arriving in Padua and you got here). Tickets cost 1.30€ if you buy it in advance, 1.20€ if you buy a “carnet” containing 10 tickets (but be aware, you can share only if you travel together, because the tickets need to stay attached to the block), or 2.00€ if you buy it directly on the bus.
Buses are fairly frequent and well connected, but pay attention! most lines stop around 21:00 and do not pass at all on Sundays (we know…). But do not fall into despair! Padua is a small city, and can be easily visited by just walking (at least the city centre).
Discover the city
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Padua is a wonderful town, rich of history, art and science! Being around 3000 years old, the city offers a great diversity of attractions.
For whom likes art, we cannot recommend enough to visit the “Cappella Scrovegni”, a chapel fully frescoed by Giotto in 1303 a.d. “Sant’Antonio”‘ basilica is also a worth visit and you will be enchanted by its geometries and mosaics.
Padua hosts multiple exhibitions: “Palazzo Zabarella” and “Palazzo Zuckerman” (you will see the latter at the social event!) are just two examples.
Padua’s architecture is also wonderful. Different buildings and squares have become symbols of the city: from “Prato della Valle”, one of the biggest squares in Europe (you can see it in the homepage) that also host the market on Saturdays, to “Caffè Pedrocchi”, an historical cafè shaped like a Greek temple (yes, we are in Italy and we built a temple to coffee). In the heart of the city stands “Palazzo dei Signori”, facing on three beautiful squares linked to each other. Here you will also see a curious zodiac clock, will you find the missing sign?
The University is an integral part of the city history; being founded in 1222 it has been on of the centres of the culture of Europe. You can relive the university history while walking through the city. Near “Caffè Pedrocchi” the oldest university building stands: called “Palazzo Bo”, is where the rector has his office and where all the official ceremonies are carried out. If you want to shoot for the stars, maybe you should follow Galileo’s footsteps, visiting its observatory tower, “La Specola”… even though Galileo has never been there, its just something people say. Nevertheless, it remains a magnificent museum on the history of astronomy in the university. If instead is the history of medicine you are interested in, you should visit the “Musme” museum.
Last but not least, you can participate in the largest treasure hunt you can think of: try to find all “Kenny Random” murals around the city: a local artist that spread his work around the streets.
There is a lot more to love about in Padua for you to discover yourself!