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Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

1. 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 the frescoed rooms of Villa Pisani, an imposing Villa surrounded by a monumental Park, one of the most beautiful in Italy with its long pool and grand Stables. 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 "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, designed by Palladio and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Padua: Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

2. 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.

Verona: Food Tasting and Walking Tour with Cable Car

3. Verona: Food Tasting and Walking Tour with Cable Car

Immerse yourself in the best of Verona on a fascinating small group tour that takes you to the most iconic sites in the city. Start your journey at Bra Square, where you'll see the stunning Roman Amphitheater, also known as the Arena. Learn from your expert guide, and save valuable time exploring. Explore the city's rich history as we visit the Roman Gavi's Arch, the Roman Borsari Gate, and the Roman Stone Bridge. Stroll along the Adige riverfront, which offers breathtaking views of the ancient, but no longer existing Saint Thomas Island. Walk through the medieval lanes and take in the unique architecture of the city's historic buildings. Then, head to Saint Peter Hill for the Belvedere, where you'll enjoy a spectacular view of Verona from the top, reached by cable car. Once back to the town center, visit other notable attractions like the Roman Theatre and Della Scala Medieval Tombs. No visit to Verona is complete without seeing Romeo's House and Juliet's Balcony. We'll stop at Signori Square and Erbe Square, where you can soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the city. To top it all off, we'll return to Bra Square for a tasting of typical local products, giving you a chance to savor the delicious flavors of Verona. Join a local feast with cold cuts, ham, cheeses, and two different kinds of local wines. Don't miss out on this unforgettable tour that will take you on a journey through Verona's rich history, culture, and cuisine. Have a personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide and a small group of fellow travelers, an experience that you'll remember for years to come.

Padova: "The Most Beautiful Cats in the World" Show Ticket

4. Padova: "The Most Beautiful Cats in the World" Show Ticket

Meet international feline champions with this ticket to "The Most Beautiful Cats in the World" show in Padova. Explore an exhibition of cats with pedigrees that are recognized by the Ente Nazionale Felinotecnica Italiana, an association that is acknowledged by the Italian Ministry.  Show your ticket at the door Padova fiere and enter this feline-filled event. The cats will have their veterinary visit early in the morning. After which, the doors will open to the public and the show will begin. Spend a day amongst the most beautiful cats in Italy and meet some international champions. Be introduced to different animal products that are perfect for a helping you to pamper your furry friends at home. Learn about the importance of pet therapy.  Bring your children along for free to this family friendly experience.

Padua: Jewish Heritage Museum and Synagogue Tour

5. 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.

Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

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

7. 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.

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

8. 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

Padua Highlights: City of Magic Outdoor Escape Game

9. 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.

Padova: Must-See Landmarks & Attractions Self-Guided Tour

10. Padova: Must-See Landmarks & Attractions Self-Guided Tour

Explore Padova at your own rhythm through this captivating interactive walking tour game. As you wander the city on foot, you'll have loads of fun by taking on a range of thrilling challenges, ensuring maximum excitement and fun! Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Tomba di Antenore", "Palazzo del Bo", "Basilica di Sant’Antonio" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the "Tram stop "Prato"" and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the Piazza Duomo. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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Monica was absolutely outstanding. she was truley captivating when explaining through all of the interesting facts and history. There were so many things we would have missed or not understood had we not been on this tour.. highly recommend to anyone wanting to maximise their experience in the beautiful verona. The food included in the tour was also fantastic. well worth the money all round.

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.

The whole experience was amazing. Our guide Manuel, a historian brought the whole experience to life with the history of the Basilica. Highly recommend this tour.

Our tour was amazing! Our guide was so knowledgeable and kind. Would recommend him to anyone. This is a must do event when visiting.

The guide (a lady) was incredibly committed and competent and explained everything tirelessly in 4 languages