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Padua: Private City Walking Tour & Scrovegni's Chapel Visit

1. Padua: Private City Walking Tour & Scrovegni's Chapel Visit

Experience the culturally rich city of Padua on this private walking tour with a certified local guide. Enter the beautiful Scrovegni Chapel, Cathedral of Padua and Palazzo della Ragione. See some of the most famous squares of the city, including Piazza delle Erbe, della Frutta and della Signoria, which all overlook several prominent and majestic buildings. Stroll through the city's streets and hear interesting anecdotes about the area from your knowledgeable guide. Then, visit one of the most masterful examples of art from the 14th century at the Scrovegni Chapel. Later, go to Palazzo della Ragione, a medieval market hall, and the Cathedral of Padua, which was first erected in the 4th century.

Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

2. Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

Head out on a full-day cruise beginning in Venice. Sail among the ancient and beautiful villas of the region, pass by 9 swing bridges and through 5 locks, and arrive in Padua in the evening. After meeting with your guide, begin a cruise toward the Brenta Riviera. Along the way you will see various villas lining the water. Keep going until you arrive in Fusina, passing through the Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level. Stop at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari, La Malcontenta. Then continue on past villages and swing bridges. In the early afternoon, you will arrive in Oriago. Here you will stop at the famous restaurant, Il Burchiello, where you have the option of a discounted lunch. Next, cruise to Villa Widmann in Mira and stop for a guided tour of Villa Widmann, before continuing on to pass through the Mira and Dolo locks. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables, and the elegant eighteenth-century coffee house. Pass through the Stra and Noventa Padovana locks. Go by the gorgeous and suggestive Villa Giovanelli of Noventa Padovana before arriving at the historical Burchiello’s Stairway at Portello in Padua.

Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

3. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables and the elegant eighteenth-century Coffee House. Continue towards Dolo, enjoying historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Villa Widmann for a guided tour of the 18th-century mansion that belonged to a noble family of Persian origin. Cruise to Oriago, where you will stop for lunch in the historic Il Burchiello Restaurant. Next, navigate to Malcontenta, cruising past villas, villages and swing bridges. Upon arrival in Malcontenta, stop to explore one last villa; the regal Villa Foscari. Located on the edge of the lagoon, it was within easy access of Venice for its powerful Venetian owner. Finally, cruise through the Moranzani Lock to journey across the lagoon, and dock at San Marco Riva degli Schiavoni at the “Pontile della Pietà” landing stage.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

4. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Padua Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

5. Padua Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

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. Visit the University of Padua, where you can learn about the history of the city and see some of the most interesting areas of this historic institution. Hop back on the bus and head to Piazza delle Erbe, which is overlooked by the Palazzo della Ragione. The palazzo, dating from 1218, was the ancient seat of the city courts. Note the roof that’s shaped like the hull of an upside-down ship. The piazza hosts a vegetable market by day, and by night it comes alive with locals enjoying refreshments at the cafés. Starting point: Stop 1 Duration: 60 minutes Frequency: Every 60 minutes

From Lake Garda: Verona Full-Day Tour

6. From Lake Garda: Verona Full-Day Tour

Discover one of the jewels of the Italian Renaissance on a full-day tour to the romantic city of Verona. Choose from multiple departure points in Lake Garda and travel in comfort by air-conditioned coach. Take a short walk into the city center on arrival and see one of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman Empire at the Arena, still used for concerts today. Continue to Piazza dei Signori and Piazza Erbe before going to Juliet's House to look at the balcony where Romeo declared his eternal love for Juliet in Shakespeare’s tragedy. Learn more about how the city has developed over the centuries and discover artistic elements from different periods, including the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River and more. Then, get some free time to stroll down Via Mazzini and browse the local and high street shops before the return journey to Lake Garda.

Padua: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

7. Padua: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and tiramisu at a friendly local host's home. Find out how to roll fresh pasta dough by hand, make two traditional pasta shapes, and prepare the perfect melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu. Get to know the tricks and trades of authentic Italian cooking and hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

Padua: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Padua: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

On this walking tour, explore the picturesque old town of Padua. You will see some of the most famous spots, like Prato della Valle, the Basilica of Saint Anthony, Palazzo della Ragione, Caffè Pedrocchi, the Padua University, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori. But you'll aslo see and discover some hidden corners of the town, together with its myths and legends. For example, there's a curious legend about Caffè Pedrocchi for, why don't you ask you guide about it? Spot the typical bars, corners and hidden streets of the town where locals like to spend their free hours for a good coffee or delicious aperitif, what they call a Spritz. Don't forget that Padua has a strong university tradition, it's a young and fast-changing town where you can breathe the cultural atmosphere everywhere. One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera.

Padua City 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

9. Padua City 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

There is no better way to get a feel a city like Padua than to visit the market squares in the morning, and on this 2.5-hour walking tour, you will explore the various public areas as well as historical, religious, and cultural monuments. First, make your way to Piazza delle Erbe, full of the freshest fruit and vegetables of the season. Continue on to the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the spiritual center of the city, dating back to the early 1200s. Near the Basilica is the largest square in town, called Prato della Valle. On Saturdays it is home to a bustling market. Finally you can enjoy the Scrovegni Chapel fresco paintings that are Giotto's greatest masterpiece. In the unlikely event that tickets for the Scrovegni Chapel are not available for your date, the visit to the Scrovegni Chapel will be substituted with a similar visit There are two options available: 10:00 until 12:30 14:00 until 16:30

Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

10. Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Discover a jewel of the European Renaissance on a full-day tour of Verona, with round-trip transfers from a host of locations in Lake Garda, including Limone, Lazise and Riva del Garda. Following a transfer by air-conditioned coach, discover a clear example of a city that has developed progressively without interruption over 2,000 years. Admire artistic elements of the highest quality from different periods, including the ever-present contributions of the Scaligeri family. Upon arrival, take a short walk into the city center, where a local guide will take you to the Verona Arena. See one of the finest Roman theaters still in use in existence anywhere in the world. Continue to the Square of Lords (Piazza dei Signori) and Square of Herbs (Piazza Erbe), before going to Juliet's House to see messages of love written by visitors from around the world. You will also go to the Castelvecchio and see the tombs of the Scala family (Arche Scaligere). Look at the Ponte Pietra, a Roman arch bridge that spans the Adige River. Then, enjoy some free time for some retail therapy on one of the most elegant streets in Italy. Stroll down the Via Mazzini and window shop (or max out your credit cards) before your return transfer to Lake Garda.

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What people are saying about Padua

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 574 reviews

We had fantastic days, the tour director Sabrina was a caring person, everything was clearly on the note, explaining how or where you want to go, and show you how not to get lost easily, during the trip, was not boring in the tour bus, we had a lot of fun, creating a lot of cozy atmosphere, lots of laughs. She gave us even more great tips, after that, we did an extra day trip to see more of the south coast, it's a very nice experience, thanks Sabrina. The driver Franco was an experienced driver, he also helped everything, the elderly getting in and out with the high steps, the heavy suitcases. On the last day we had a problem, taxi strike, he help us again. thanks Franco.

Mario, our tour guide, was outstanding! A sommelier by profession as well as native to the area, he was the perfect person to educate us on all aspects of the wine-making and wine tasting plus give us his personal remarks about the areas and vineyards we visited. I can’t say enough about the phenomenon day we had!!! Eight hours of pure delight!!!!!

Caterina, our guide, was simply excellent. She is very knowledgeable, has very good English, and showed us around the most important places in Padova, giving detailed explanations, and replying to all our curiosities. Padova is incredibly historic and interesting. Thank you, Caterina, and well-done getyourguide.

Really enjoyable trip. Verona is beautiful and Alex the guide was really friendly and welcoming. Trip was perhaps an hour too long for me but the heatwave in Verona probably contributed to me feeling this way! Highly recommend this trip, well worth it.

The tour was amazing. We learned so much about prosecco and the region!