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University of Padua

via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padua, Italy
39 049 827 5111
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Ranked #5 of 81 attractions in Padua
Type: Educational Sites
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

To get into the university especially for the tour of the grand hall you need to get a 5 euro ticket which can be bought on the day. The tour in the Palazzo Bo which is about 15 minutes walk from the main train station. You have guide to take you round. You cannot go on your own. The tour... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Access to the quads of Padua University are free, but it is definitely worth checking out the guided tours of the inside - which includes the Grand Hall where Galileo himself lectured. Perhaps most interesting is the 16th Century Anatomical Theatre - which our guide pointed out could only be used in winter for a couple of months, because of... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We came to see the famous anatomy theatre and were slightly disappointed not to have better access. You can only stand in a hole in the middle and look up. We also saw the rather crude 'pulpit' that Galileo lectured from during his 20 years spent in Padua before his return and then effective house arrest in Tuscany. A guide... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Tourists are understandaly not especially welcomed inside most of the university buildings, but the guided tour of the Bo (oldest University of Padua building, so called because it was built on the site of the Bou --Ox--tavern) is a way to see a couple of rooms. Unfortunately you can no longer actually enter the anatomical theater which was a bit... More

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