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University of Padua

via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padua, Italy
39 049 827 5111
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Ranked #7 of 83 attractions in Padua
Type: Educational Sites
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A must for anyone visiting Padua. The university is the second oldest in Europe and the first in the world where a woman graduated. The guide was informative, the tour was in Italian and English which was extremely helpful. The anatomical theatre was amazing never mind the skulls of lecturers past or the lecturing platform built for Galileo. Definitely worth... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The tour is fascinating, including the dissecting theatre and hints of Galileo's time at the University. The tour group was large and of mixed languages but the guide rattled through both English and Italian without losing track or our interest! Well worth doing. Don't miss some more modern 'frescoes' in the staircase/exit as you go out.

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Branford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Everything here seems to have monumental (excuse the pun) historical significance. The world's first permanent anatomical theater is a treat to behold. A lot smaller than you might expect, but built in the 1500's and used until the 1800's. So many famous physician's portraits, who graduated or taught at old UP (even the guys who discovered Fallopian and Eustachian tubes),... More

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Our hotel recommended a visit here and I'm glad they did. The guided tour was very good and I learnt so much, the second oldest university. Galileo. The Anatomical Theatre is amazing. I liked the fact that the first ever women to graduate was from this university.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The University of Padua founded in 1222 is Italy's second oldest . it is today one of Italy's leading universities. It attracted such brilliant minds as Dante, Petrarch and Galileo. Amazing place to visit and soak up the intellectual vibe. As others have noted the anatomical theatre is worth checking out. Check out the tour guide on their website.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

when you step inside the courtyard of this rather bland building you are treated to some beautiful architecture. We found this a lot as wander around the city in that you need to look into the buildings to find hidden treasures. Great for exploring

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

we got a guided tour here, which was brilliant. You can feel the soul of Padova here and after that will experience the city in a completely diffrent way. MUST DO!!

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Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

To visit an institution of higher learning that has educated since 1222! WOW. Very special to view the statue of Elena Piscopia and imagine her courage. The Botanical gardens is one more accomplishment of the University and also a great place to visit The anatomical theatre is a must see because photos do not provide for the full impact

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Padua, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Very old university (XIII century) with very important professors (Galileo Galilei was teacher in this university). Important to see inside, is the Anatomical Theatre, built on XVI century: is the first example in the world of permanent structure designed for the teaching of anatomy through the dissection of corpses.

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Cape Cod, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We went to the school of Medicine and saw the anatomy amphitheater, which was fascinating. We also saw where Galileo lectured and learned about the famous teachers and student who were at this very old university. But, what really astounded me was the graduation process. Students graduate individually, not as a class. Other students sing a risqué chant, they wear... More

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