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Address: Via Otto Febbraio 1848 2, 35122, Padua, Italy
Phone Number: 049/8275111

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A must see for travelers and locals alike

Be prepared to be shocked to learn that this is where the ancients studied (Galileo for one) and to know that this is the second oldest University in the world (Bologna Italy is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Healdsburg, California
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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared to be shocked to learn that this is where the ancients studied (Galileo for one) and to know that this is the second oldest University in the world (Bologna Italy is first).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building to visit, it's not open often but you should check the times of the tour that takes you around the main rooms including teatro anatomico. Good to remember, that numerous notable people studied here: Galileo, Kopernikus, Zamoyski, Kochanowski and Messner, one of the greatest mountaineers in history.

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Chautauqua County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were so looking forward to a great tour and they do a slipshod job and don't show much. There must be a better tour.

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Lennox Head, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The University of Padova is reputed to be the third oldest university in the world. It still functions today as normal and graduates are presented their degrees in the halls where Galileo and Copernicus taught. The most outstanding features after the great hall is the anotomical theatre. A wooden circular construction where post mortems were conducted and viewed by medical... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pay homage to one of the oldest universities. Galileo Galukei once taught here. See his podium and vertebrae! The anatomical theatre is amazing

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To walk in the footsteps of Galileo, Copernicus and William Harvey (who described the human circulation) - what a treat. The 45 minute dual language tour (morning timeslots only) showed us through some of the important halls and the famous anatomical dissection theatre that was pivotal in the teaching of medicine. No photos allowed is a shame, but still it... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the tour, but check for any omissions. Learned the history of the university. Saw the anatomical theatre which I was looking forward to(Astounding!) Disappointed; did not see the Great Hall. They do advise if there will be exclusions. Entrance fee, no deductions for exclusions.

Thank travelph1lly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Loved the tour, really appreciated that they offer a tour in English, and the wonderful knowledge and enthusiasm of the guide. Would definitely recommend. I wish it went for longer!

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

The first anatomical theatre, the first female graduate of a university, and Galileo's lectern, this place is steeped in history. And as beautiful as a stately villa.

Thank Roni R
Padua, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

A great site to visit if you're interested in the history of medicine in particular and the development of medical education.

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