Via del Santo, 22, room B3

Via VIII Febbraio, 2, Archivio Antico


Padova is in the north-east of Italy, 40 km west of Venice and 90 km east of Verona.


The nearest international airports are:

You can reach Padova from these airports with Taxi/Shuttle services that you should book in advance:

Travel time from Venice or Treviso is 40 minutes, from Verona and Bologna it is around 1 hour 20 minutes, and form Bergamo are 2 hours. Venice and Treviso airports are also connected to Padova by Buses run by the Busitalia company (Timetables and lines ( Please, visit the airports websites to see the timetable. The bus stops are just outside the arrivals areas at both airports. Tickets can be bought at the airports, though normally not on board. The final destination is Padova Bus station/Train station. It takes 20 minutes walk from the Rail Station to the conference venue and it is well connected to the other locations.

Verona airport is connected by a shuttle service to Verona railway station, where trains can be caught to Padova railway station ( For taxis, call Radio Taxi (+39049651333


Padova is well connected to the major cities in Italy by the national train service Trenitalia ( It takes half an hour from Venice, one hour from Treviso and Verona, one hour/one hour and half from Bologna and two hours and half from Bergamo (depending on the train typology you choose). The station is just a 20 minute walk from the conference venue.


Exit the Milano -Venezia motorway at “Padova Est”. From there, follow the signs to the city centre. There is streetside parking near the conference venue (Park Piazza Insurrezione, Padova Prato Parking, Parcheggio Prandina)

Padova is well connected to famous and cultural cities, such as Verona, Venezia and Vicenza.

Around Padova visitors can join the Euganean Hills, with small villages as Arquà Petrarca, where the famous medieval poet Petrarca lived.

Farmhouses, wineries and oil mills, all around the hills, are visitable: we suggest Sengiari, Il Cenacolo degli Euganei and Ca’ Lunga, with magnificent panoramic views.

For who wants to enjoy the paths, we suggest the Pianoro del Mottolone.

Around Padova are visitable the “Città Murate”, well known for the medieval walls which runs around the historical center: Cittadella, Montagnana, Monselice and Este.

Padova can also boast prestigious villas, such as Villa Vescovi, Castello del Catajo, Villa Contarini, Ca’ Marcello and Villa Giusti.

Other villas are located along the Riviera del Brenta, between Padova and Venice, and the Palladian Villas around Vicenza.


4 stars hotels (****)

  1. Hotel Majestic Toscanelli
    Via dell’Arco, 2
    35122 Padova
    Tel: +39 049 663244
    Website :
  • Hotel Biri

Via Grassi, 2

35129, Padova

Telefono: +39 049 8067700
Fax: +39 049 8067748



  • NH Padova

Via Tommaseo, 61

35131 Padova

Booking: +39 02 87368144

Tel: +39 049 8494 111



3 stars hotels (***)

  1. Hotel Patavium
    Via Beato Pellegrino, 106
    35137 Padova
    Tel: +39 049 723698
    Fax: +39 049 8728372
  • Hotel M14

Via Acquette, 9

35122 Padova

Tel: (+39) 049 8762011



  • Hotel Giotto

Piazzale Pontecorvo, 33

35121 Padova

Tel: +039 049 876 1845



2 stars hotels (**)

  1. Art Hotel Al Fagiano
    Via A. Locatelli, 45
    35123 Padova
    Tel: +39 049 8750073
    Fax: +39 049 8753396

1 star hotels and other (*)

  1. Hotel Eden
    Via Cesare Battisti, 255
    35121 Padova
    Tel: 049 650484
    Fax: 049 8364097


  • Hotel Piccolo Vienna
    Via Beato Pellegrino, 133
    35123 Padova
    Tel. & Fax: +39 0498716331
  • B&B Diamantino Town House
    Piazza dei Signori, 28
    35139 Padova
    Tel.: +39 049 8752154; Mobile: +39 345 5835616;
    Fax: +39 049 2133002


Padua (Padova) is a large people-friendly town (population 210,000) in the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy. Padua’s biggest tourist attraction is the Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni), with its priceless frescoes by Giotto, part of the Unesco heritage with other frescoes from the 13th century (Padova Ubs Picta). A visit to the Chapel will form part of the social programme.

We will also organize a 45 minute guided tour in the Renaissance “Palazzo (mansion) Bo”, the seat of Padua’s history-making university. Founded by renegade scholars from Bologna seeking greater intellectual freedom, the university has employed some of Italy’s greatest and most controversial thinkers, including Copernicus, Galileo, Casanova and the world’s first female doctor of philosophy, Eleonora Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia (her statue graces the stairs).

There is a lot more to Padua than these two sights, however. The town center is an attractive place to explore, with many historical streets to wander. It’s always been a wealthy town, and has fine architecture dating to different eras. Importantly, despite Padua’s beauty, you’re more likely to encounter students and smartly-dressed business people walking around than tourists.

Here below some suggestions.

Last but not least, Padova is the hometown of the now worldwide famous alcoholic drink “Spritz”. The time of aperitivo around “orange” coloured tables in one of the many picturesque squares forms a compulsory part of any visit in town.

Padova offers also a non-alcholic alternative: in the historical Pedrocchi Café it’s possible to drink the Pedrocchi Coffee, where the coffee is mixed with the mint cream.

Cappella Scrovegni

Piazza Eremitani, 8, 35121, Padova, Italy

Located in Eremitani Square, the Scrovegni Chapel, totally painted by Giotto, is part of the complex of the Civic Museum, which includes the Archeological Museum, the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art and the Zuckermann Palace. The chapel is part of the Unesco Heritage, and it’s the second Unesco sites of Padova, after the Bothanical Garden.

The chapel is open everyday from 9 am to 7 pm. You can book in advance your visit by the website or calling the call center +39 049 20 100 20 (operating Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, on Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, closed on Sundays and holidays) and paying the pre-order.

Palazzo Bo

Via VIII Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padova, Italy

A famous inn dedicated to “Bo,” the Ox, existed in the center of Padova as early as the 14th century, long before the building became the main seat of the University. It was called Hospitium Bovis, perhaps because it was near a cattle trading area. The palace, the oldest parts of which date back to the 13th century, was donated in 1405 by Francesco da Carrara to a meat merchant, and then passed into the use of the Athenaeum, which became its final owner in 1539.

It’s visitable from Monday to Friday (10.30am-5.30pm), Saturday and Sunday (9.30am-5.30pm): +39049 827 3939 – tour@unipd.itOnline booking.

Palazzo della Ragione

Piazza delle Erbe, 35122, Padova, Italy

The Salone of Palazzo della Ragione is one of the biggest room of whole Europe. It was build since the 1218 for administral and giuridical purposes. The walls are totally covered by frescoes, realized by Giotto and his team. The roof is covered by wood as a hull of an overturned ship. The book request is not necessary. It’s visitable from Tuesday to Sunday at 9am-7pm.

Orto Botanico

Via Orto Botanico, 15, 35123, Padova, Italy

The Bothanical Garden, as first Unesco site in Padova, hosts 6.000 plants and 3.500 species: for that it’s consider an important site for the conservation of biodiversity, since 1545. You can visit it without the pre-booking, from Monday to Sunday, at 10am-7pm (closed on Mondays).

Battistero del Duomo

Piazza Duomo, 35141, Padova, Italy

The Baptistery of Padova’s Dome is totally covered by the frescoes of Giusto de’ Menabuoi. As part of the Dom, the baptistery is visitable all the days, (Monday 13-30-18.00; Tuesday to Sunday 10am-1.30pm and 2pm-6pm). The booking is mandatory on Saturday and on Sunday.

Basilica del Santo

Piazza del Santo, 11, 35123, Padova, Italy

The Basilica is one of the most important religious building of Padova. The visit is free: inside of the Basilica you can admire the tomb of St. Antonio, the paintings and the frescoes which cover the walls, the Donatello’s sculptures, the Treasury and the chapels.


A visit to the Basilica di Santa Giustina, where is buried the first women graduate: Elena Cornaro Piscopia.

A visti to the Loggia Odeo Cornaro, erected in 1524, was built as a fixed scene of an old-fashioned theater, made of Nanto stone. Characterized by arches that alternate with columns on which the architrave with metopes and triglyphs runs. The booking is mandatory.

A walk into Prato della Valle, admiring the 78 sculptures around the second biggest European square. During the Roman period instead of the “Prato”, was built the roman theatre Zairo, destroyed during the Middle Ages.

The Tour into the Padova’s walls, recently restored and now visitable. With 11km of development, nineteen bastions and six surviving gates, the Renaissance walls of Padua are, in size, the largest monument in the city. With the remains of the communal and Carraresi walls, the gates and the castle, they constitute a heritage of history, culture and art of enormous value.

The boat tour along the canals of Padova, choosing between different options.

Specola tower, now delpart of the University and preserved near the medieval Carrarese Castel: it was built as simple tower, part of the ancient Ezzelini Castle, and then reused as a prison. In 1777, this tower became an astronomical observatory, thanks to the fact it offers an excellent observation towards the south, or towards the celestial meridian, a crucial point for the study of the motion of the stars. It’s visitable with a guided tour.

The Sala del Guariento, preserved in the medieval Reggia Carrarese: the Loggia offers a priviliged view of the city centre, while in the Sala del Guariento it’s possible to admire the Guariento’s frescoes from the 1300s.

Parco Treves, a romantic English garden: it was an ancient botanical garden, then converted and redesigned in 1800, by Andrea Japelli, as first garden of Padua. It’s an English garden characterized by paths, sculptures, centuries-old plants and an ancient icebox. Free Entrance.

Eremitani Gardens, a meeting point for young people, very lively during summer.

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