This exclusive Cultural Travel introduces the participant to the Padua Artistical and Religious Heritage. 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 creates 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. Welcome to Padua, a town of vast cultural and artistic heritage!
Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony or as the economic capital of Veneto, Padua is one of the most important Art Cities in Italy. The classic itinerary includes the visit to the most important monuments of the town, especially those realized between the 13th century and the 15th century, the most extraordinary economic and cultural period, that left an indelible mark on the town: the Medioeval City Walls, the great civil and religious buildings, the University, the wonderful frescoe-cycles realized by Giotto and his followers, and later the works by Andrea Mantegna and Donatello.
PROGRAM OF OUR CULTURAL JOURNEY
- Scrovegni Chapel (Giotto): The itinerary can start from the ancient Roman Amphitheatre (the Arena) which surrounds the Scrovegni Chapel, which holds, entirely preserved, the most complete cycle of frescoes produced by Giotto (1303-1305), one of the greatest monuments of figurative art of all time. The adjacent Eremitani Church, built at the turn of 13th century, has a wonderful wooden ceiling, due to Fra' Giovanni, and many monumental tombs.Badly damaged by bombing in 1944, it keeps in the Presbytery some frescoes by Guariento (1368 1370) and some juvenile masterpieces by Andrea Mantegna (1448-1457) in the Ovetari Chapel.
- Caffè Pedrocchi: Opposite the University is the Caffe Pedrocchi, a complex building in neo-classic style with a flourish ornate Gothic, designed by the architect G. Jappelli in 1831. Its upper floor has rooms decorated in various styles. Famous meeting place for scholars, it was the scene of student uprising in 1848.
- St. Anthony's Basilica, Oratorio s. Giorgio, Scuola del Santo: A short walk leads to the Basilica. Started immediately after the death of the Santo (1231) and completed at the beginning of the following century, it is an imposing construction in Romanesque Gothic style, with eight domes and spires of eastern inspiration. It holds the body of St. Anthony and is the object of pilgrimages from all over the world. The Crucifix, the statues and the bronze reliefs of the High Altar, superlative works by Donatello (1444-1448); the Altar of the Saint and the Treasure Chapel
- Prato della Valle: The visits ends in tha place where once a Roman theatre, has become the traditional site for fairs and amusements. The square is surrounded by historical monuments and palaces such as the Basilica of St. Justina and the Palazzo Angeli which houses the Museum of the magic lantern (pre-cinema)
The participant ends the course with a deep understanding of Padua Artistical and Religious Heritage in one of the most charming and dynamic towns in Italy.
Can be Individual or Group. At least 1 and a maximum of 6 people per event. For Fashion Companies and Graduation Students we offer special packages.
THIS VALUE INCLUDES
- Follow 24 hours in the day Cultural Journey.
- Appetizer-welcome (aperitivo milanese) in Caffè Pedrocchi.
Cultural Travel in Italy
We share a common philosophy about travel. We believe in traveling more slowly and seeing what’s around you, immersing yourself in the local landscape, the History and Culture, the Art, Design and Fashion, and the people.
We believe a small group enhances the quality of that experience, and the people who join our groups become our friends.
We love what we do and where we do it. We base in places where we live and know well, involving local friends with our groups. We’re not just in the travel business – we’re travelers too.