Padua audio tour: The City of the Saint: Exploring Padua’s Historical Centre and Old Jewish Ghetto

The City of the Saint: Exploring Padua’s Historical Centre and Old Jewish Ghetto

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.7mi

About the Tour

Situated between Venice and Verona, Padua is known as the city of St Anthony. On this walking tour I’ll show you how the city has been able to preserve its artistic and cultural heritage, and why the city is famous for being hospitable.

Even when the city was founded in 1222, its prestigious university welcomed students of any religion. And artists and scientists such as Donatello, Giotto, Galileo Galilei and others found a second home here too. The Jews fleeing persecution from Spain, Portugal and northern Europe also settled here, creating one of the most diverse and interesting Italian ghettos, still intact today.

Highlights along our walk include:

• Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy
• St Anthony Square with Donatello’s statue of Gattamelata
• The Tomb of Antenor
• Imposing Palazzo della Ragione with its large frescoes depicting an astrological cycle
• Local markets
• The Arch of the Rope where dishonest traders were punished
• Torre dell'Orologio, one of the most beautiful clock towers ever built
• The old Jewish ghetto with its small squares, narrow streets and three synagogues
• The stumbling stones in the Jewish ghetto
• Bo Palace, the seat of University of Padua, the second oldest in Italy, which houses Galileo's original desk

Join me in following the paths of these artists and thinkers, and find yourself inspired by Padua’s timeless atmosphere.

Tour Producer

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Mariacristina Pozza

I'm a Veronese Licenced local guide and as I have always enjoyed this job I'm still doing after more than 25 years. I'm also a painter, but this is not my profession. Another thing I really enjoy is cooking, I cook for my family, but also if I'm alone at home. Always healthy things, it's a must! I and In my spare time I love gardening. Am I a sportive person? Not really, but I do good biking and walking. At the moment I'm learning russian to keep my brain in good health! See you in Verona!

Major Landmarks

  • Prato della Valle

  • St Anthony Church

  • Palazzo della Ragione

  • Old Jewish ghetto

  • Palazzo Bo

  • Caffè Pedrocchi

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts in Prato della Valle in front of the church of Santa Giustina. Very close, on Piazza Isaac Rabin, there is a confortable car parking space. If you arrive by train, just outside the train station there are buses nr 12, 14, 16, or tramway to reach the starting point.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The colorful window of the Preti Store to, St Antony church, the inner of Palazzo della Ragione with its astrological cycle: it's open Tue-Sun 09-19. Entrance fee. Have an aperitiv in Piazza delle Erbe. Visit the markets in piazza della Frutta e dei Signori. Have lunch or dinner in one of the many taverns and locals near Piazza dei Frutti or in the Jewish ghetto. Pay a visit to the inner of University. Stop at the Caffè Pedrocchi and try the special mint coffe.

Best time of day

Any time of the day. If you love open markets, Padua has beautiful markets in the morning. On Saturday a good one in Prato della Valle, the starting point of your vist.

Precautions

Keep an eye to your belongings. Don't leave your bags unattended. Don't walk on the rails of the tramway.

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The City of the Saint: Exploring Padua’s Historical Centre and Old Jewish Ghetto