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.
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.
Prato della Valle is a square located in the city of Padova, Italy. Spread over a vast area of 90,000 meters (2,95,276 foot), the oval shaped square is the largest in the country. The square came into existence in the year 1635, when a temporary theater was built here. Thereafter, in the year 1775, the entire area was re-constructed to give the square it's current appearance. The square is beautifully designed with an island of grass in the center, surrounded by a ring of water. A total of 78 statues are placed at each side of the water ring. Today, the square forms an ideal meeting place with large number of people visiting the square to take a walk, skate or study. Festivals too are celebrated at the 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.
The International Library La Vigna is an important library in Vicenza, Italy. It boasts of a wide collection of documents on agriculture and wines. The library was established in 1981. Currently, the International Library La Vigna is known to house about 50,000 books. The library is housed in an old building that dates back to the 18th Century.
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.
Dating back to the middle of the 13th century, the construction of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari was extended and continued until the 16th century. The church houses paintings by Titian, such as l'Assunta and La Madonna di Cà Pesaro. Within the chapel, you will find Bellini's Madonna. It also contains the tombs of Titian, Canova, Monteverdi, and Francesco Foscari. In spite of its many historical and artistic treasures, the church's large dimensions make it look spacious. Services are held daily. This is the place where you can thoroughly appreciate the religious art of the Renaissance period.
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.