University of Padova
University of Padova
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marcin k
80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We took the one-hour tour of this, the second oldest university in Europe. Led by a student volunteer, we were shown lecture rooms, the medical theatre, and saw the podium used when he was a member of the faculty. the student guide was enthusiastic and informative and we found the nominal fee we paid very worthwhile. recommended.
Written October 25, 2021
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Peggy T
Singapore, Singapore1,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I am very impressed by the artwork, artictecture and infrastructure of Padova University. Located just within the old town, it is easy to locate and it has majestic lecture hall and meeting hall too. The student do offer University Tour at a price of 12 Euro. A university with great history and development over the century. It is a well worth it tour.
Written September 16, 2022
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Pioneer15314
Chicago, IL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The beauty of the University district of Padua is situated right between it's three city centre squares. You can go and see the lectern from which Galileo taught, the anatomy theatre built in 1594, or just sit and watch the new graduates of the University parade the streets in their ridiculous hazing costumes followed by all of their family and friends.
Written September 24, 2003
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hutchss
Benicia, CA1,136 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I have read previous reviews which were positive, but for me, this was one of the worst tours ever in my travels. There was a tour today at 2:30. Tickets (7€) do not go on sale until 15 minutes prior. Supposedly only 40 tickets were sold. The tour guide arrived to first sell tickets asking patrons for exact change, and after selling the tickets, escorted all of us (a mixed group of multi-language travelers) into a beautiful auditorium. No pictures allowed. Ever. She then surveyed the crowd and decided she would speak English, then repeat everything in Italian.

Here's the problem - her English was spoken with such a thick Italian accent that she was nearly impossible to understand. Plus she seemed to lack enthusiasm and interest. This tour has the possibility to be outstanding! But the University needs to do this right. Have pre-recorded info on private head sets and let each person listen in his/her native language. It would be stellar. But today was a waste of my time and money.

One more item - let people snap a picture w/o a flash. The Borghese Gallery, the Vatican, the Scrovegni Chapel as well as other historical sites allow photographs. So why doesn't this tour?

Sorry. A real disappointment for me.
Written May 15, 2017
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Allie J
Redwood City, CA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
I was traveling solo in Padova for a few days, and someone who studied here suggested I take the guided tour of the university. When I visited, they were doing three tours a day, six days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday were afternoon tours, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday were morning tours. You can't book in advance; the ticket office opens 15 minutes before the tour starts, and they take the first 35 people in line (though some guides will accept more if they know the other tours for the day are booked). Tickets are 5 euro.

It's possible to see the anatomical theatre, Galileo Galilei’s Aula Magna, the “Hall of the Forty”, and the hall where lectures on medicine were given, but some tours skip a few of those rooms if other events are happening at the university. You might want to ask before you buy your tickets if all the rooms will be open. The first time I went, everything but the anatomical theater was closed. I decided to come back on a different day and got to see everything.
Written May 25, 2015
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DanielK1979
Gdynia, Poland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
I have known quite a few interesting facts regarding University of Padova, however about the tour itself I have only found out recently from TripAdvisor. I was able to give it a try on Saturday, 9th of February while in Padova. People in a formed group were of mixed nationalities, but the University guide managed to communicate well and efficiently with both Italians and foreigners. Her English was very good and communicative, and yet she was very nice, informative and knowledgeable person. With the University remianing the main focus, some stories regarding history of Padova were included during tour.

Strongly recommended as the tour is not too long but it is simple a great and worthy experience. So while in Padova, make sure you include it in your plans.

Here is the useful link where you can find all the necessary details.

http://www.unipd.it/en/guided-tours-palazzo-bo
Written February 13, 2013
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PJandSJ
Matlock, UK1,266 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
The University of Padua … almost something of a pilgrimage to those interested in the Renaissance. Galileo worked here, and who wouldn’t want to walk in his footsteps!? Copernicus, Vesalius, William Harvey and even Francis Walsingham (Elizabeth I’s spymaster) all strolled through these hallowed portals … and what a privilege it is to be able to follow in least some of their footsteps. Understandably, perhaps, the only access is by guided tours.
And yet, and yet … it’s all so appallingly organised.
We turned up at the (unmanned) ticket desk about 20 minutes before the next scheduled tour, only to join a somewhat lengthy queue. Oh well … never mind, we (foolishly) thought – it won’t take too long. Eventually, someone turned up, rather nonchalantly, and eventually began to issue tickets. The queue inched forwards. We got to about fourth in line when the person issuing tickets announced that all had been sold, and that we should all come back in an hour’s time. Understandably, some frustration ensued amongst those remaining in the queue – not everyone was free to return in an hour’s time. But we, along with some others, decided to wait.
There were very few seats available in the room where tickets are issued, and some elderly people soon occupied them. I didn’t want to lose my place in the queue, so simply sat down – almost in protest – on the floor. A hangover, I suppose, from my erstwhile hippy days. My wife found a seat. Eventually – an hour later – the earlier farcical scene repeated itself. People incrementally joined the queue for tickets for the next guided tour: the queue grew longer. Eventually, the same ticket-seller lady appeared and began issuing tickets. Cash only of course (and no change, if I remember correctly). Being at the front of the queue, I secured my required two tickets. But others were not so lucky, and people towards the end of the queue left in some frustration.
The tour itself was reasonably interesting – though I would rate it no higher than that. We were told that no photos were allowed, but I discreetly ignored that (why on Earth not, as long as flash is not used!?).
Overall, I would say that this is an interesting venue, but the organisation that supports it is appalling. Visitors, and the standing of the institution itself, deserves better. If you want to visit it, be sure to take your place in the queue at least 30 minutes before the ticket desk is scheduled to open – and have your exact cash at the ready!
Written June 1, 2017
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Brandon C
Vancouver, Canada116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
This is the 2nd university in Europe, and site of the first anatomical theatre in the world! For just 5 euros, you get a tour of the building with the monumental great hall, and a couple other rooms. Definitely check out the coats of arms on the walls from each class council for the last 600 years.

The anatomical theatre was the highlight for me, and there are some funny stories (listen to the tour guide, won't ruin them here). Smaller than you'd expect, it's perfectly preserved. Unfortunately you'll only be able to look up from the bottom, but it's still cool.

When buying tickets, make sure to get there right on the hour before the tour (begins at :15, 3 times a day). It's a first come/first serve kind of deal, so make sure you don't have to wait another 45 minutes!
Written March 20, 2015
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JAAPMKC
Boston, MA15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The University tour is about an hour long, and stops at 4 of the most important historical rooms/areas of the University (including the old anatomy/dissection theatre). Our tour guide was efficient and interesting, although she mostly stuck to her "script".

I'd recommend the tour to those who have a particular interest in the history of Padova or the history of higher education in Europe, or who want to get a "peek" inside some of the most interesting areas of this very historic University.
Written May 5, 2008
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LightFighter
Lafayette, CA1,907 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The tour was a complete disappointment - completely disorganized!

People crowded into a small room haphazardly waiting for tickets to go on sale. A lady, who appears to hate her job, showed up late, yelled at everyone to only give her the exact amount as she won't give out change, sold a number of tickets then turned away everyone else including a number of people who arrived with us and who were ahead of much of the crowd.

The same lady them led the tour in a monotone voice repeating the same information in multiple languages. She made it quite clear that no photographs would be tolerated.

A disappointment on many levels. As a former medical student, I planned the trip in part to see the anatomical theatre. As it was, we were led to a tiny dark room under the theatre and allowed to look up through a small hole for a few moments at the impressive room. Hardly what I envisioned.

The university has a long, impressive history. The tour in no way does justice to it. The tour of the University and the anatomical theatre in Bologna was far, far better better organized.

Fire the tour guide, fill the coin box with change, sell tickets in advance for specific times, hand out a headset with the tour pre-recorded by an enthusiastic narrator in multiple languages and allow photos. As it is now, a huge disappointment!!!
Written September 7, 2017
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