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“Should be better known...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scrovegni Chapel

Scrovegni Chapel
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Padova, Asolo and the Venetian Villas Day-Trip from Venice
Ranked #1 of 360 things to do in Padua
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Berkshire, England
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“Should be better known...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

...one of the great art treasures of Europe. See it if you are at all interested in art. If any one of the panels was in a gallery somewhere it would be promoted as a must-see masterpiece - there are 37 of them, plus the end walls, the ceiling etc. The experience is a bit frustrating, with strictly timed 15 minute slots, but if that is the price to pay for seeing these stunning pictures, so be it, and it is preferable to the noisy scrum in some comparable places. Some practical tips:
book up your slot on the website as soon as you know when you can go - it does get booked up.
if you can get there early, there is a multimedia centre where you can see a film that is different to the compulsory one in the aclimatisation room (with an English language version)
the bookshop has a guide that includes reproductions and commentary on every panel, so if you really want to prepare for what you are seeing and have not had the chance before leaving home, you can read up on that as well - again, available in different languages.

Visited April 2013
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“History is wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

See this place. Imagine how the people lived, worked and worshipped here. Such old things, carefully preserved add interest to a place. Not every visit needs to be to somewhere famous, the tucked away place can be just as interesting.

Visited August 2012
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“Scrovegni Chapel WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you care about art then do not miss this Chapel in Padova. You must get tickets in advance. You will see Giotto at his best. This is the basis of the Renaissance. He was the godfather of them all. You can park close and get walking directions. Otherwise, Padua no big deal.

Visited March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

A must see. The ceiling in the chapel is magnificent. The museum is just the right size--not to big and not too small.

Visited March 2013
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“Don't Hesitate: Go Here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Scrovegni Chapel is recognized as one of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world. It is not only important, however, but it is also incredibly beautiful. The chapel is made up almost entirely by frescoes by the great artist Giotto. The colors are crisp and vibrant and the images generally clear.

If you simply have the chance to see it, go. You can enjoy it just by walking into it and looking around. A little knowledge of the New Testament will help in understanding some of the scenes, but they all contain a sense of anticipation and drama as well as the story line. They show a video (with English subtitles) giving you enough background to enjoy what you are seeing. By the way, be sure to look up to the star-covered ceiling. You enter by a wall with a large depiction of judgment day that itself is packed with intriguing images.

If you want to know a little more, it might help to read up on some of the scenes ahead of time, if nothing else than to know what to look for. You should find no shortage of materials on line, as this is the beloved subject of countless art historians and others.

You need to reserve tickets in advance. The works are fragile and they limit visitors to about 25 at a time and for only 20 minutes. I would have liked a little more time, but appreciated every second we were there.

Don't judge the interior from the bland exterior. The chapel was once attached to a palace that was demolished many years ago and apparently a plaster coating on the exterior was also removed. You are coming for the spectacular interior.

Incidentally, the original Giotto cross is in the civic museum next to the chapel. If you ask, they will tell you where it is. They also have a nice gift shop with postage cards of many of the chapel images, as well as books and other materials.

Visited March 2013
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