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University of Padua

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Address: via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 , Padua, Italy
Phone Number: 39 049 827 5111
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Palazzo Bo and the University of Padua

Galileo taught here! William Harvey was a student here! The anatomy theater is an amazing survivor of an old, dim history. The hallways are decorated with commemorative coats of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sonoma, California

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Galileo taught here! William Harvey was a student here! The anatomy theater is an amazing survivor of an old, dim history. The hallways are decorated with commemorative coats of arms of students and faculty. Ancient and charming--especially if one is 'into' academics and antiquities. Go and visit, and don't forget to buy a t-shirt in the bookstore.

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Koper, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aula Magna is worth the visit. This is the lecture room wherein Galileo addressed his students. Very much worth taking the tour. Not far from the university proper you can also visit the house Galileo lived in during his 18 years in Padua. The areas around the university are beautiful and have a very "academic" feeling to them. Great... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could only buy ticket for the tour 15 mins ahead of the tour, and take max 35. Not great for tour planning. Interesting tour including the anatomy theatre which was my main interest, however we did not get to see the main lecture theatre which was what some had come to see, we weren't informed till the end of the... More 

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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After Bologna and Salamanca (Spain) this is one of the oldest universities in the western world. Built over many centuries, the central structure is a fascinating architectural jewel. Family crests of the families whose sons attended the university cover the walls, including those of the Aula Magna. The amphitheater reflects the mores of the earliest anatomy lessons, with the professor... More 

Thank Gabriel H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth booking the tour and seeing round the old university together with the world's oldest surviving anatomy theatre. Incredible!

Thank tonyc768
Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The University tour is worth doing for two main reasons, the large auditorium where Galileo taught his students, and the Anatomy Room. The latter nowadays is not open to visitors from above, which is the spectacular view, so find a photo of it before you go. Now you go into a small central area below the stage where dissections took... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Do not miss this great beautiful city. We spent the third Sunday of the month in Padua in the Antique market located in the beautiful Prato Della Valle. It takes place every third Sunday of the month. Another site not to be missed: The Scrovegni Chapel. Very impressive Giotto work. We passed by the old university of Padua while a... More 

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Vacaville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The tour is easy to make if you fine the big black door. The tour is OK ,we went to see the anatomy room where Galileo taught. Lots of great people came from this institution.

Thank DianeBill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This university is very old and played an important role in shaping our modern-day universities and the scientific research. the guided tour was very interesting and informative. mostly thanks to the lovely guide who was very nice. i was bit dissapointed that the 45 min tour costs 5 euros - for my opinion, it should cost less, as a service... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We had a guide who was very enthusiastic. She told us about Padua's involvement in helping with 9-11 and the connection the city feels towards America. It was insightful and interesting.

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