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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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Walking the Halls with Galileo

What a feeling to be at a university that actually began in 1222!!!! One of the first, finest, and progressive universities in Europe with students coming from all over Europe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a feeling to be at a university that actually began in 1222!!!! One of the first, finest, and progressive universities in Europe with students coming from all over Europe. And where Galileo was on the faculty for 18 years. And Copernicus studied here. Highlights were the Anatomy theatre c. 1594 and the wood podium the students constructed for Galileo... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It is impossible to visit Padova and not visit the University building. Padova's university was founded in 1222. The Cortile Antico, the Anatomical Theater, the Aula Magna are definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Pizza Places closeby were the best pizzas I have had anywhere. Also laundrette nearby was excellent facility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The tour of this great and ancient university was extremely well done, inclusive (attention to language differences was excellent), intimate (the fact that you can stand in the center of the anatomy theatre is as astonishing as it is moving), inspiring (to think that this place is the "home" or birthplace, you might say, of academic freedom), and informed (the... More 

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Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We have spent two days in Padova this year. The Palazzo del Bò tour was my personal highlight. The Galileo Galilei’s Aula Magna was amazing. The Aula di Medicina was impressive. The Anatomical Theatre is a beauty. I'm just sad we didn't get to do the grand tour... Next time I'm in Padova, I will try to do that one.... More 

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went on a tour of the university and found it very interesting. It is apparently the second-oldest university in Europe (the oldest is Bologna) and it has some amazing alumni. Galileo lectured there, among others. The tour was well-run and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour of the University. It is done is Italian and English. It seemed that there was a lot more said in Italian than English, but we still received a wealth of very interesting information about the place. Facinating history, beautiful rooms and courtyards, well worth the money paid and the time invested. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The university tour should be on every visitor's list of must-dos when visiting Padua. Being able to see the world's first anatomy theatre where the doctors dissected bodies was fascinating. It's a relatively short tour but well worth a visit just to see the theatre and how small it was.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Four of us took the English speaking tour, there was no huge line for tickets and our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I liked the portraits and coats of arms around the walls, spotted a few Scots in there too. Also Galileo's teaching place and this university was where Elena Cornaro Piscopia graduated in 17th century- one of the first... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Though it was something I had been looking forward to all summer long, the tour proved to be beyond disappointing. In fact the line to buy tickets lasts longer than the experience. The tour is very brief, is lacking in detail and the guide would not allow us to take pictures of the inside of the rooms (no flash of... More 

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