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University of Padua

via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padua, Italy
39 049 827 5111
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Ranked #4 of 83 attractions in Padua
Type: Educational Sites
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nice tour, interesting information about the scholars and beautiful interior. Well worth a visit when in Padua.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Galileo was one of their proffesors, this is the second oldest university in the world and part of the beautiful building is still almost intact.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We decided to visit the university because of the old anatomic theatre which is still intact. But we got so much more! Beautiful rooms, inspiring stories: a really nice tour and worth the price (5 euro p/p).

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Beautiful antique buildings. Inspire. At the start of the summer lots of students graduate and have "Laurea" events in the city center.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

On a guided tour of the University of Padua, on graduation day for the medical school, our tour guide, Cristina Pernechele (see Rick Stevens' on Venice/Padua) was able to obtain a private showing of this historic medical amphitheater. Impressive when viewed from below, we observed the six tiers that once held 600 hundred medical students as they stood to observe... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My daughter being a medical student was very interested in seeing the first ( and amazingly still standing in its original state) permanent anatomical theatre. So the whole family attended the tour in the prestigious university of Padua and we all very much enjoyed the visit standing in the path of Galileo, William Harvey, Andreas Vesalius and other great amazing... More

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

And Galileo Galilei held the chair of mathematics between 1592 and 1610- now how awesome is that? Be sure to inquire very early about tours and visiting the famed Anatomical theatre, which I missed because I did NOT get early reservations! A must see!!

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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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