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Padua: Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

1. Padua: Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

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.

Padua Highlights: City of Magic Outdoor Escape Game

2. Padua Highlights: City of Magic Outdoor Escape Game

Discover Padua’s famous locations while playing the role of a supernatural traveler trying to uncover the use of magic in the city. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. After you book a game, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. Head to Prato della Valle, where the game will start. It will take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace. Pause the game and resume at any time from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the famous Bo Palace. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

Padua Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

3. Padua Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

Wander through Padua's city center and learn about its origins on this treasure hunt-style historical walking tour. Follow the route on your smartphone between landmarks like the city squares, and enjoy 10 historical riddles to solve as you explore. Start this self-guided tour from Piazza Antenore. From here, follow the tour on your smartphone, which will provide historical facts and riddles to solve between each landmark. The tour will take you through the history of Padua from its origins up to the 20th century, and cover roughly 2km around the city center.

Live Padova as a local

4. Live Padova as a local

With this tour in tour to Padua with a local guide you will walk through the city to discover the most important corners, squares and monuments. Firstly we will see Prato della Valle, the largest square in the city of Padua and one of the largest in Europe. With its 78 statues Prato della Valle is a kind of album of the most important people of Padua. Afterwards we will reach the Basilica of St. Anthony or “Il Santo” (the “The Saint”), destination of millions of pilgrims every year. This magnificent basilica is a romantic blend of styles and cultures from all corners of the world and will leave you speechless, but most importantly it houses the remains of the Franciscan monk Anthony. He died in Padua in 1231 and was declared a saint the following year. Then, along cobbled streets and medieval arcades we reach the heart of the historic centre. We will see the city’s Old Ghetto, which with its narrow streets and small bars has become a meeting place for young students from Padua University. We will then reach Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, overlooked by Palazzo della Ragione. Here mornings are enlivened by the stalls of the local market and the bustle of people under the ‘Salone’, the city’s ancient covered market. The tour to Padua with a local guide will continue to Piazza dei Signori where the residence of the city’s lords once stood, now a meeting place for Paduans for the ritual of the aperitif. Finally, we will stop at Palazzo Bo, the seat of the University of Padua, founded in 1222, which has always attracted students from all over the world. We will conclude the tour with a Paduan tasting, the choice is yours between a typical aperitif at the ancient shops of the Mercato Sotto Salone or the famous mint coffee at the historic “Caffè Pedrocchi“.

Padova: Guided Spritz Walk

5. Padova: Guided Spritz Walk

A spritz walk is an ideal way to experience the Italian apertivio while exploring some of the most characteristic areas of the city. Where better to enter the world of the spritz than Padova, the birthplace of Aperol 100 years ago. You'll meet your expert local guide in Piazza delle Erbe to begin your spritz walk. From there you will discover Padova like a local as you stroll through the charming main squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Throughout your experience you'll enjoy two stops at two unique locations. At each stop you will taste an authentic version of the Italian spritz, served with traditional local finger food such as cheese, prosciutto, olives, and foccaccia. Your tour tour will eventually wrap up with your guide providing some suggestions on recommended restaurants in Padova.

Padua: the city of 'without' - discover its symbols

6. Padua: the city of 'without' - discover its symbols

Welcome to Padua, a city rich in art, history, culture and good food. This tour will take you to discover the hidden wonders of the city, through an exciting walk among the most beautiful and evocative places. Today we will embark on a unique adventure to discover the 'Senza', the distinctive symbols of this fascinating city. The use of the term "Senza" (without) is intended to highlight the unique and peculiar characteristics of some of Padua's emblematic places. These places are linked to specific characteristics that make them special, and the use of 'Without' serves to highlight these characteristics in an evocative way. In the presentation, the use of the word "Without" aims to create an evocative image and to highlight the unique and distinctive characteristics of these places, inviting the participants to explore and discover the special essence of Padua through the proposed itinerary. But this tour is not just history and culture: if you want you can taste the local flavours, visiting the Pedrocchi Café and the taste boutique, in the lower hall of the Palazzo della Ragione. A complete tour, which will make you discover all the treasures of this magnificent city. Don't miss the opportunity to live a unique and unforgettable experience in Padua!

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(16 reviews)

You visit all the important points of the city thanks to the game and it also explains the history/curiosities of the place. We loved it and we are looking forward to playing other games

After the problematic start it was a nice tour, we really enjoyed walking around Padua between maps and curiosities. We would like to recommend it.

Great way to explore Padova on your own and without much planning. We would have totally missed the old Jewish ghetto without the tour.

It seemed comprehensive. It offered lively detail. It was ideal given I had limited time. I would recommend it.

It's very easy to use, too bad it doesn't work without internet. But I loved it!