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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: Jewish Heritage Museum and Synagogue Tour

2. Padua: Jewish Heritage Museum and Synagogue Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Jewish heritage of Padua, located in the historical center of Padua, namely in the ancient Ghetto area. Check out the museum which sheds light on the events and rituals of the Jewish Community of Padua from its origins to the present. Enter the Padua Jewish Museum to enjoy a multimedia experience video installation by film director Denis Brotto. Dive into the life of 10 illustrious characters in Padua Jewish life. The characters come to life to narrate their stories through the places that represent Padua Judaism. Then the tour continues through narrow and restricted Ghetto streets: hear the story of the Jewish settlement and its commercial, social, cultural, and religious past. End at the Italian Synagogue, still the prayer site for the members of the Community of Padua. Hear about the polychrome marble Aron-ha-Kodesh, the sacred chamber positioned on the Eastern Wall.

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“.

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We traveled from Venice for the day, just to visit this synagogue. So so happy we did. We were most impressed with our visit to this hidden jewel. Our guide was fabulous and gave us a lot of information not only of the synagogues of Padua but also of the history of this community. A very interesting video is included in the visit. I am definitely recommending this visit to all my friends!

We loved our visit and learnt a lot about the history of the Jewish community in Padova. The tour guide showed us inside the beautiful, active synagogue and then the museum which contained many interesting artefacts. Excellent value for money and they have a great selection of books for sale! Highly recommend.

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