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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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Students, teachers and tourists with cultured taste - this must be seen. One of the oldest universities in Europe, it features an anatomy amphitheatre, as well as ancient halls... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rosy C
Paris, France

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Students, teachers and tourists with cultured taste - this must be seen. One of the oldest universities in Europe, it features an anatomy amphitheatre, as well as ancient halls with frescoes. The guided tour is necessary - consult the website for days and times as they aer not offered continuously but a few-day stay in padua is sufficient to find... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Padova is an amazingly beautiful city and a trip to the university is an essential stop. Tours are offered and allow you to see beyond the cloistered courtyard and get a taste of the university's colorful history. Seeing Galileo's lectern is a bit unreal... That's truly history!

Thank ep416
Manchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Padua is an interesting place to visit, and certainly the University as it gives you a view of the ancient history of science in Italy. You will be amazed of the number of known scientist who studied or taught in that University. The only regret is that the tour was short, rushed despite that waiting time was long. We felt... More 

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

Thank Richard C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

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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