This quaint chapel is one of the most important historic sites in the city, and is home to what is considered one of the masterpieces of Giotto- a complex series of frescoes which are a marvel to behold. The frescoes were completed in 1305. The name of the chapel is the surname of the man who commissioned Giotto. The chapel is equipped with modern instruments that make for interactive tours. Reservations in order to visit the chapel are recommended.
This basilica, the most important of the city, has been dedicated to main saint of Padua, San Antonio. It was built 8 centuries ago and from then on, it became one of the most important spiritual places of the Christian world. Antonio chose Padua as his permanent home in the period in which he was travelling all over Italy. The church is owned by the Vatican and it houses the tongue of the saint, an important holy relic.
Together, with the Basilica di Sant'Antonio, Palazzo della Ragione is a symbol of the city. Built in 1288, it is called the Salone, or lounge, because of its large room with its wooden vaulted ceiling (destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries), making it the largest undivided hall in the world. The piazza and the bustling daily market are dominated by its loggia. It was a real layman's center in the city. Justice was carried out in the upper rooms, adorned with frescoes of astrological depictions (perhaps even by Giotto). If the sentence was serious, the accused would be taken to one of the local prisons. The building also houses a large wooden horse that Annibale Capodilista had made for a merry-go-round and then donated to the city. On the ground floor, traditional commercial activities took place, as they still do today.
Home to the university since the 16th Century, the building dates back to the same time, and was then renovated in the 20th Century. The best preserved area is the interior courtyard, with its porticoes decorated with coats of arms of the noble families, to which the students belonged. It housed the first anatomical theater in the world (1594) and the desk of Galileo Galilei, teacher of mathematics. Hours vary as per season.
The Botanical gardens of Padua as has been created in 1545, is at the present the most antique in his genre, as a botanical garden managed by a University. The primarily purpose at that age was to grow there herbs in order to help the students of medicine to recognize the correct ones and the amount of species was around 1800. Thanks to the commercial connection wordlwide of the Republic of Venezia this number grew more and more and today the differente plants have been divided into 5 different enviroments: mediterranean, alpine, fresh water, succulent plants and tropical greenhouse. Has been declared an UNESCO site.
One of the most prominent squares in Padua is Piazza dei Signori. Surrounded by medieval houses on all sides, this rectangular Piazza provides great insight into the Renaissance era architecture. However, the main attraction here is the clock tower, which can be called the crowning jewel of this famous square.
If you are an architecture enthusiast, City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto is a must visit place. This region boasts of beautiful Roman architecture designs and has been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. The region includes beautiful villas built in 15th and 16th Centuries giving it a historical status. In addition to the many villas, it houses the popular Saint Giorgio Maggiore Church. This historic city is a popular attraction for art, architecture, history and culture enthusiasts.
Palazzo Zenobio is a beautiful late 17th-century edifice and was the former home of the Zenobio family. Its stunning frescoes, stucco, mirrors, artworks and furnishings give a glimpse of the opulent 18th-century Venice. It is used for cultural events, dinners, exhibitions, meetings and conferences.
Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore is located in the city of Venice, Italy. The palace was built in the 15th Century inspired by Gothic architecture. Overlooking the Grand Canal, the palace has a spectacular views of the pristine waters. Now, the palace is under the ownership of the Gaggia family.
Der Bau der Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari begann in der Mitte des 13, Jahrhunderts und bis ins 16. Jahrhundert weiter erweitert und fortgesetzt. Die Kirche beherbergt Gemälde von Tizian, wie z.B. l'Assunta und La Madonna di Cà Pesaro. In der Kapelle findet man die Madonna von Bellini. Sie enthält auch die Gräber von Tizian, Canova, Monteverdi und Francesco Foscari. Trotz der vielen historischen und künstlerischen Schätze wirkt die Kirche aufgrund ihrer großen Dimensionen leer. Die Gottesdienste werden täglich abgehalten. Hier kann man die religiöse Kunst der Renaissancezeit in vollem Umfang genießen.
This stunning theater is known for having the oldest existing stage set in the world. The set was originally built for the theater's first performance in 1585 and is still used to this day. The stage set has a Roman-style influence, but the "marble" is actually made out of wood, plaster and stucco. The Teatro Olimpico was designed by the famed Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and was completed after his death. One can take a tour of this beautiful theater or enjoy a memorable show here.
Loggia del Capitaniato is an uncompleted work by Palladio from 1571. The building is made of red brick and white stone and the decorations under the windows of the façade show figures in water and rivers. There are two allegoric statues on the side, the first of which represents the God of Victory, and the second- Peace. The upper floor has statues of Virtue, Faith, Piety and Honor. Inside there is a rich display of frescoes from the Zelotti school.