Free time

After class you can relax and enjoy the historic city centre of Padova. Its squares, porticoes and old cobbled streets tell the story of a wealthy, beautiful medieval city, which was renowned for its art and culture. While in town for the Winter School, you will have a chance to visit the Scrovegni Chapel (with Giotto’s paintings), the ‘Specola’ (the astronomical observatory), the Museum of History of Medicine (MUSME), the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the Botanical Garden, and Prato della Valle square.

To get the most out of your stay, you can acquire the Padova City Card, which includes admittance to most monuments and museums, as well as discounts on many other services including boat trips and the City Sightseeing Bus.

Further information about Padova and surroundings can be found here:

Moreover, you can make the most of your Winter school experience by also visiting other nearby cities and towns. Venice is only 45 minutes away by train, and Vicenza (with Palladio’s architectural achievements) is less than 30 minutes away. Furthermore, you could recover from the busy schedule by visiting the famous spa resorts of Abano and Montegrotto Terme.

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