• Guided city tour of Padua

    A charming and dynamic city, a fascinating mix of centuries-old traditions and metropolitan rhythms.

    Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic towns in Italy. The historical centre boasts a wealth of medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions and metropolitan rhythms create a unique atmosphere. The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture; the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.

    The best way to see Padua’s historic center is on foot, strolling its porticoed roads, splendid piazzas and ancient bridges.

    We start our tour in the Scrovegni Chapel, where you can admire a first highlight with Giotto’s famous frescoes cycle.

    We go down the Corso Garibaldi and the Via Cavour to the Caffè Pedrocchi, where intellectuals and students gathered in the 19th century and sounded out revolutionary ideas of an independent Italy. A quick coffee in this historic setting is recommended.

    Shortly after the Caffè Pedrocchi further down the Via Cavour we will reach the Palazzo Bò, the ancient University of Padua, where Galileo Galilei taught. At Piazzale Antenore is the sarcophagus of Antenor, the legendary founder of the city.

    From the university, we turn right into the Via Daniele Manin and pass immediately to the Palazzo della Ragione, the secret landmark of Padua.

    From the Palazzo della Ragione we stroll comfortably in a southerly direction along the Via Roma and Via Umberto I to the Prato della Valle, one of the largest city squares in Europe.

    At the south end of the square stands the huge Basilica of Santa Giustina, which contains the tombs of St. Giustina and Luke the evangelist.

    On the way to the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, biology and botany buffs will enjoy the short detour through the Via Donatello to the Orto Botanico – one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The last point of the tour is the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, which can be reached from the Prato della Valle via the Via Melchiorre Cesarotti (or the the Via Orto Botanico from the botanical garden). Here beautiful frescoes by Altichiero can be found alongside the relics of St. Anthony.

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Which are the closest airports in the area?

The closest airport are Innsbruck (125Km) and Verona (143km).

Do i need travel insurance?

We recommended getting a travel insure policy which cover you for all medical expenses(including repatriention) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, smartphone, photo cameras, tablets, etc. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case you have to cancel out travel because of unforeseen events.

What's the opening period of mountain huts?

During summer season, they open approximately their doors on the 10th of June and close them on the 25th of September. These dates depend on weather conditions.

Is it necessary to bring your own sleeping bag in mountain huts?

No. Usually the beds in the mountain huts have got a blanket and a quilt. Anyways it is better to ask for more information to the mountain hut.

Are there showers in mountain huts?

Usually the room has a shared shower, just a few rooms have a private shower. Using the shower has normally a cost because the water in the mountain huts is precious and it runs frequently out.

Do I need to book in forehand a room in a mountain hut?

No, but is highly recommended. Otherwise it is better to arrive early in the afternoon in order to have a better chance of getting the room.