Walking through the center of Padua, you can discover one of the most culturally and economically lively and dynamic centers in Italy within a day.
It starts from Piazza Eremitan i where you can admire the Scrovegni Chapel , Giotto's greatest masterpiece . Next to the chapel are the Eremitani Civic Museums (archaeological section and art gallery with works from the 14th to the 18th centuries), the Eremitani Church (with frescoes by Guariento, Giusto de 'Menabuoi and Andrea Mantegna) and Palazzo Zuckermann, home to the Museum of 'Applied and Decorative Arts and of the Bottacin Collection .
It then continues in the heart of the city. After passing the medieval Altinate gate you reach Caffe 'Pedrocchi , one of the most famous historical places in Italy. In front of the Pedrocchi stands the Palazzo del Bo ' of the University of Padua , one of the oldest in Europe with the famous Anatomical theater and the chair of Galileo Galilei . The visit continues in the splendid squares of Erbe , dei Frutti and dei Signori , home to a lively and ancient daily market and overlooked by Palazzo della Ragione .
Walking along via Soncin and via S. Canziano you return to Piazza Antenore where there is the monument that the Renaissance poet Lovato de 'Lovati indicated as the tomb of the Trojan hero Antenore, legendary founder of Padua, and not far from Palazzo Zabarella , an ancient Carrarese residence now prestigious venue for exhibitions and events.
Going along via San Francesco, shortly after leaving via del Santo on the right, you will find, under the arcades, the entrance of the Museum of the History of Medicine in Padua, whose visit, thanks also to its strong multimedia and interactive connotation, is a experience to live.
A few steps back and taking via del Santo you reach the Basilica del Santo , a temple of faith and a treasure trove of works of art, a destination for millions of pilgrims and tourists every year. Around the Basilica there are other important monuments such as the statue of Gattamelata by Donatello, the Oratory of S. Giorgio, a masterpiece of the fourteenth century, the Antonian Museums and the Scuola del Santo . Not far from the Basilica, at the end of via Cesarotti, stands the monumental complex of Loggia and Odeo Cornaro, splendid examples of Renaissance architecture in Padua.
Returning to Piazza del Santo, take via dell'Orto Botanico where there is the Botanical Garden , the oldest university botanical garden in Europe founded in 1545, and just beyond Prato della Valle , a monumental elliptical square, on which numerous buildings overlook historic, ancient buildings, including Palazzo Angeli which houses the Precinema Museum and, on the south side, the Basilica of S. Giustina , one of the largest in Europe.