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Padua: Private City Walking Tour & Scrovegni's Chapel Visit

1. Padua: Private City Walking Tour & Scrovegni's Chapel Visit

Experience the culturally rich city of Padua on this private walking tour with a certified local guide. Enter the beautiful Scrovegni Chapel, Cathedral of Padua and Palazzo della Ragione. See some of the most famous squares of the city, including Piazza delle Erbe, della Frutta and della Signoria, which all overlook several prominent and majestic buildings. Stroll through the city's streets and hear interesting anecdotes about the area from your knowledgeable guide. Then, visit one of the most masterful examples of art from the 14th century at the Scrovegni Chapel. Later, go to Palazzo della Ragione, a medieval market hall, and the Cathedral of Padua, which was first erected in the 4th century.

Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

2. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables and the elegant eighteenth-century Coffee House. Continue towards Dolo, enjoying historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Villa Widmann for a guided tour of the 18th-century mansion that belonged to a noble family of Persian origin. Cruise to Oriago, where you will stop for lunch in the historic Il Burchiello Restaurant. Next, navigate to Malcontenta, cruising past villas, villages and swing bridges. Upon arrival in Malcontenta, stop to explore one last villa; the regal Villa Foscari. Located on the edge of the lagoon, it was within easy access of Venice for its powerful Venetian owner. Finally, cruise through the Moranzani Lock to journey across the lagoon, and dock at San Marco Riva degli Schiavoni at the “Pontile della Pietà” landing stage.

Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

3. Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

Head out on a full-day cruise beginning in Venice. Sail among the ancient and beautiful villas of the region, pass by 9 swing bridges and through 5 locks, and arrive in Padua in the evening. After meeting with your guide, begin a cruise toward the Brenta Riviera. Along the way you will see various villas lining the water. Keep going until you arrive in Fusina, passing through the Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level. Stop at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari, La Malcontenta. Then continue on past villages and swing bridges. In the early afternoon, you will arrive in Oriago. Here you will stop at the famous restaurant, Il Burchiello, where you have the option of a discounted lunch. Next, cruise to Villa Widmann in Mira and stop for a guided tour of Villa Widmann, before continuing on to pass through the Mira and Dolo locks. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables, and the elegant eighteenth-century coffee house. Pass through the Stra and Noventa Padovana locks. Go by the gorgeous and suggestive Villa Giovanelli of Noventa Padovana before arriving at the historical Burchiello’s Stairway at Portello in Padua.

From Lake Garda: Verona Full-Day Tour

4. From Lake Garda: Verona Full-Day Tour

Discover one of the jewels of the Italian Renaissance on a full-day tour to the romantic city of Verona. Choose from multiple departure points in Lake Garda and travel in comfort by air-conditioned coach. Take a short walk into the city center on arrival and see one of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman Empire at the Arena, still used for concerts today. Continue to Piazza dei Signori and Piazza delle Erbe before going to Juliet's House to look at the balcony where Romeo declared his eternal love for Juliet in Shakespeare’s tragedy. Learn more about how the city has developed over the centuries and discover artistic elements from different periods, including the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River and more. Then, get some free time to stroll down Via Mazzini and browse the local and high street shops before the return journey to Lake Garda.

Padua: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Padua: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

On this walking tour, explore the picturesque old town of Padua. You will see some of the most famous spots, like Prato della Valle, the Basilica of Saint Anthony, Palazzo della Ragione, Caffè Pedrocchi, the Padua University, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori. But you'll aslo see and discover some hidden corners of the town, together with its myths and legends. For example, there's a curious legend about Caffè Pedrocchi for, why don't you ask you guide about it? Spot the typical bars, corners and hidden streets of the town where locals like to spend their free hours for a good coffee or delicious aperitif, what they call a Spritz. Don't forget that Padua has a strong university tradition, it's a young and fast-changing town where you can breathe the cultural atmosphere everywhere. One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera.

Venice: Guided Night Walking Tour & Saint Mark's Basilica

6. Venice: Guided Night Walking Tour & Saint Mark's Basilica

With its awe-inspiring array of domes, arches and turrets, there is no mistaking St. Mark’s basilica. Dominating the piazza of the same name, St. Mark’s stands at the very epicentre of the city. And it looks even more spectacular at night. On our night tour of St. Mark’s, you’ll meet your guide in beautiful St. Mark’s Square, for centuries the spiritual and political centre of Venice - the Doge’s palace also stands silent watch over the piazza. To start our tour, your guide will explain the significance of the square to the history and geography of the city - for good reason Napoleon described the Piazza as the ‘drawing room of Europe,’ and the elegant cafes that line the square, including Caffe Quadri and famous Caffe Florian, have lost none of their old-world charm. During our time in the piazza we’ll learn about some of the other highlights on show here, including the stunning Torre dell’Orologio - a Renaissance clock tower decorated with fabulous sculptures, as well as St. Mark’s Campanile, the soaring 12th-century brick bell tower that is still the tallest building in Venice.

Padua: Historic Center Tour with Interactive Video Guide

7. Padua: Historic Center Tour with Interactive Video Guide

With our interactive map, you will be able to move from one point to another in the historic center without time constraints: only you will decide what to see and when. Our private local guide will accompany you, through your smartphone, for the entire tour, providing you with all the curiosities, anecdotes, and useful tips to experience the city at its best. You will be able to start your tour at the time you want and choose the monuments of your interest included in the itinerary, moving between stops without ever getting lost thanks to our geolocated directions. Padua, probably founded in 1186 B.C., is one of the oldest cities in Italy and, thanks to its 3,000 years of history, can boast a great historical-artistic treasure: it is a dynamic, creative city and, in the past as today, a center of great artistic and cultural traditions, as well as an important university city. If you really want to know all the wonders of Padua's historic center, choose this unmissable Interactive Tour: come and discover our traditions.

Padua City 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

8. Padua City 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

There is no better way to get a feel a city like Padua than to visit the market squares in the morning, and on this 2.5-hour walking tour, you will explore the various public areas as well as historical, religious, and cultural monuments. First, make your way to Piazza delle Erbe, full of the freshest fruit and vegetables of the season. Continue on to the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the spiritual center of the city, dating back to the early 1200s. Near the Basilica is the largest square in town, called Prato della Valle. On Saturdays it is home to a bustling market. Finally you can enjoy the Scrovegni Chapel fresco paintings that are Giotto's greatest masterpiece. In the unlikely event that tickets for the Scrovegni Chapel are not available for your date, the visit to the Scrovegni Chapel will be substituted with a similar visit There are two options available: 10:00 until 12:30 14:00 until 16:30

Padua: 2.5-Hour Private Tour St. Anthony Basilica w/ Tiziano

9. Padua: 2.5-Hour Private Tour St. Anthony Basilica w/ Tiziano

Book this private 2.5-hour tour to discover the best part of Padua: the famous Basilica of Saint Anthony. Visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world, this majestic church - known locally as "il Santo" - is one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See.  Together with your guide, you'll enter the basilica and discover the ancient frescoes, some important funerary monuments and the interesting chapels with their fascinating paintings, such as the Chapel of Luca Belludi with frescoes by Giusto de Menabuoi and the Chapel of Saint Giacomo with frescoes by Altichiero da Zevio. You'll also visit the Oratory of St. George and the School of the Santo, decorated by a cycle of fifteen frescoes and three canvases, where the young Tiziano Vecellio worked between 1510 and 1511.

Padua: City Highlights Exploration Game

10. Padua: City Highlights Exploration Game

Discover Padua’s famous locations while playing the role of a supernatural traveler trying to uncover the use of magic in the city. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. After you book a game, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. Head to Prato della Valle, where the game will start. It will take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace. Pause the game and resume at any time from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the famous Bo Palace. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

A wonderful day out, on a water route that connects Padua with Venice. One gets access to three villas, which might seem too small a number in comparison to how many of them exist in the area, but these are crucial in providing insight into this interesting phenomenon in the history of the Venetian Republic. In addition, many other villas located along the canal can be viewed from the outside, as well as the engineering facilities - some of them very old - can be seen in full action. A bonus: a delicious multi-course lunch.

Carla was a delightful guide, knowledgeable, articulate, and responsive to our questions. We enjoyed the two and a quarter hours enormously.

Perfect experience! Lovely Hosts. Great food, lots of drinks served and great con versation We learned lots about the Italian culture.

Very good experience and a great value for a full day cruise. We had great weather and a relaxing trip with lots of villas and locks.

Our Guide was very good, show us so many interesting parts of the city