Dating back to 1218, Palazzo della Ragione, which was once the courthouse, is one of the most famous monuments of Padua.
The enormous architectural value that the building already had was enhanced by cycle of frescoes attributed to Giotto in the fourteenth century, which were partially destroyed due to a fire and fortunately later restored.
Over the centuries, Palazzo della Ragione has maintained its central role in the public life of the city of Padua: today the great hall of the building hosts exhibitions and cultural events.
One of the largest squares in Europe, as well as the most famous in Padua, Prato della Valle with its striking statues and green grass, is the symbol of our city and a meeting place for all Paduans.
From the shape inspired by the patrician garden so dear to Veneto tradition, this square is adorned with 78 statues depicting famous people of the past: they are the most illustrious citizens of the city, Paduan by birth or adoption. Have fun discovering them all!
The square has always held economic and recreational functions that continue to this day: the large city market, as well as numerous events, take place here throughout the year.
Commonly nicknamed Il Santo by Paduans, Saint Anthony’s Basilica is the main monument of Padua. The basilica was completed towards the end of the thirteenth century and, although the architect who designed it remains unknown, the skilful combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles gave life to a completely original work that represents a true masterpiece.
If you are planning a visit to the basilica, do not miss the Chapel of the Relics, which houses the remains of Saint Anthony, patron saint of Padua: a fascinating experience but not suited for those who are easily repulsed!
An absolute masterpiece of 14th century Italian and European painting, the Scrovegni Chapel is considered the most complete cycle of frescoes created by the great Tuscan painter Giotto. The artist skilfully blended color and light, narrating the life of the Madonna and Christ as never before. The result was his greatest testimony and masterpiece, becoming a real model for future generations of artists.