Travel from Venice to nearby Padova for a day of exploring this 2,000-year-old city. See major sights, including the Basilica of Saint Anthony, Scrovegni Chapel, and the historic university. Enjoy lunch with your guide at a charming trattoria or pizzeria.
What to Expect
Your private full-day trip begins with a pick-up at Venice Tronchetto and a private transfer and drive to nearby Padova.
Spend the morning with your personal guide, starting with a visit to the Basilica of St. Anthony, the spiritual center of the city, dating back to the early 1200s. Near the Basilica you’ll find the Prato della Valle, the largest square in town, and one of the largest in Europe.
You’ll walk from Piazza del Santo to the main square, where you’ll enjoy a short break for a coffee or cappuccino at the famous Caffe Pedrocchi, the oldest café in Padova.
There is no better way to get a feel for the city than to visit the markets in the morning. Explore Piazza delle Erbe, overflowing with the freshest fruits and vegetables, and the many market stands in Piazza dei Signori and Piazza della Frutta, where you’ll find items such as clothing, fabrics, and household goods.
Next, visit the Palazzo della Ragione (the ancient town hall), located in the very heart of the main square. Here have a look at the frescoed interior of the Salone and enjoy the wonderful view of the markets from the external loggias.
Afterwards you’ll take a stroll to the specialty gastronomic botteghe of the Sotto Salone, the shops under the main hall of the Palazzo della Ragione. Stop for an aperitivo before lunch, and then enjoy lunch with your guide at a charming trattoria or pizzeria. Learn about local traditions through the cuisine.
After lunch you’ll visit the main courtyard of the University of Padova, founded in 1222 and famous for its medical and law schools. The guided portion of your day will conclude in the early afternoon with a visit to the Scrovegni Chapel, where your reserved tickets will be waiting for you. The Scrovegni Chapel is second only to the Sistine Chapel in Rome in artistic importance, and is a masterpiece in fresco technique by Giotto.
You’ll have free time from around 15:30-17:30 to explore Padova on your own. The city offers high quality shopping for all tastes, and you’ll find clothing, accessories, antiques, shoes, books, jewelry, food and wine, and much more.
Afterwards, you’ll return to Venice Tronchetto by private transfer.
- Pick-up and drop off service by private transfer from Venice Tronchetto
- Private guided tour of Padova (in English)
- Admission tickets to all monuments mentioned, included reserved tickets for the Scrovegni Chapel
- Transportation by tram within the city of Padova
- Coffee break with choice of coffee, espresso, or cappuccino
- Aperitivo with choice of wine, spritz, or non-alcoholic drink
- Lunch at a typical trattoria or pizzeria with a set tasting menu of local dishes (house wine, water, coffee included)
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up/drop off in Venice
Your meeting point is at Venice Tronchetto. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of the People Mover stop with a Venice Day Trips sign.
How to get to there:
Arriving by water bus (vaporetto): Line 2 to the Tronchetto parking stop (not the Tronchetto Mercato). Your hotel staff can point out the closest vaporetto (water bus) stop, and indicate how frequently the vaporetto passes. Please allow plenty of time to arrive.
Exit the water bus dock and head to your right along the waterfront. After a few minutes you will see the People Mover sign.
Arriving by the People Mover: There is only 1 People Mover line (small elevated train). Take it to Tronchetto. Exit by going down the escalator, and you'll find the meeting point in front of you.
Arriving by water taxi: Exit the water taxi dock and head to your right, along the waterfront. After a few minutes you will see the People Mover sign.
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Know Before You Go
• Modest dress is required to enter the Basilica of St. Anthony. Women must cover their shoulders (a large scarf is fine) and skirts/dresses should cover their knees. No shorts are allowed for either men or women
• Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Most bags, backpacks, purses, and cameras will need to be checked at the cloakroom before visiting the Scrovegni Chapel. Small plastic bags are provided so that you may bring your wallet, phone, and other similar valuables inside with you