"I've come to wive and wealthily in Padua. If wealthily, then happily, in Padua." − Petruchio in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, set in Padova (circa 1592)
Neighbor to Venice, home to an 800 year old university where Galileo Galilei taught and the setting of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Padova is a highly desirable tourist destination. The layout of the city is inviting and its history intriguing. Facades of ancient buildings open onto the banks of the Bacchiglione River which is framed by intricately designed bridges including the Dei Tadi Bridge and San Giovanni delle Navi Bridge. Home to the oldest Botanical Gardens in all of Europe, Padova offers a chance for us to provide you with a wonderful walking tour. St. Anthony, one of St. Francis's most famous disciples, died in Padova.
The construction of the Basilica of St. Anthony began 19 years after his death in 1235 and uniquely boasts many architectural styles. The artistic achievements of Donatello, Tiziano Aspetti and Tullio Lombardo adorn the inside of the basilica. At the Scrovegni Chapel, we will experience the crowning achievement of Giotto di Bondone's artistic career: the ultimate Early Renaissance masterpiece, The Last Judgment. Along our walking tour we will see the University of Padova , where Dante and Petrarch were students. This walking tour of Padova promises a delightful mixture of outdoor beauty and enclosed treasures - come find out for yourself why millions of people visit this Northern Italian city.