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Prato della Valle Tours

Prato della Valle
The largest public square in Italy is in the city of Padua, although Prato della Valle is much more of an oval than a proper square. The huge space of more than 96,800 square feet (9,000 square meters) has an island in the middle that's surrounded by a canal that has rows of statues on either side. This was once a swampy area, but in the late 18th century, a drainage system was installed and the piazza took on its present look.
 
There are 78 statues in the Prato della Valle set in two rings, including one dedicated to the man whose idea it was to drain the swamp and build the piazza. There are bridges over the canal so people can walk to the island – Isola Memmia. It's often the site of local festivals.

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The Prato della Valle is located south of Padua's city center, near the botanical garden at the university.
Address: Via Michele Sanmicheli, 49, Padua, Veneto 35123, Italy
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Prato della Valle

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Private Padua Highlights Tour including Scrovegni Chapel and St Antonio Basilic

Private Padua Highlights Tour including Scrovegni Chapel and St Antonio Basilic

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This 4-hour private tour together with an expert local guide allows you to discover this wonderful historical city in the best way possible. Meet your local guide in Prato della Valle, one of the biggest Squares of the City and immerse yourself in the art and culture of the City of the Saint. You will have the privilege to admire the famous Sant Antonio Basilica, a religious symbol of the city where are the remains of the Saint that welcomes tourists every year on pilgrimage, especially on June 13, the day dedicated to the Saint and you can choose to visit from inside the incomparable Scrovegni Chapel which contains masterpieces by Giotto. In the historical center you will cross important commercial squares such as Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta where you will admire Palazzo della Ragione, ancient seat of the city's courts. Then on, one of the oldest Italian universities which hosts a famous Botanical Garden up to the very famous and ancient Caffe Pedrocchi.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$319.97
Price varies by group size
From
$319.97
Price varies by group size
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Padua City Sightseeing Walking Tour of Must-See-Sites with Local Guide

Padua City Sightseeing Walking Tour of Must-See-Sites with Local Guide

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Travel from Venice to Padua, a neighboring city in the Veneto region. With a local guide, explore the highlights of this charming city, which is filled with piazzas, monuments, gardens, and students. Learn about its past and rich cultural heritage as a hotspot for European artists and writers. You’ll also visit the Pedrocchi Café, which was a hub for the Italian literary crowd.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$209.48
Price varies by group size
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$209.48
Price varies by group size
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Padova Bike tour

Padova Bike tour

Nestled on the banks of the Bacchiglione River, the beautiful city of Padova is home to arcade streets, traditional squares, and historic medieval fortifications. On this tour, hop into the saddle to explore the city by bike with your guide, and find out what makes Padova special. Follow ancient waterways to top attractions such as Santa Giustina Basilica and the 18th-century Pedrocchi Café—with pickup and drop-off at your Padova hotel included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.09
From
$80.09
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Private Padua Walking Tour

Private Padua Walking Tour

Explore historic Padua during this 3-hour private walking tour of this beautiful Veneto town. Stroll through the Prato della Valle, one of the largest public squares in Europe. Discover stately Medieval structures. Visit the Basilica of St Anthony, home to a 16th-century botanical garden (garden visit not included). Learn about the ancient university, founded here in 1222. See the famous Caffé Pedrocchi. All this is located about 30 minutes (25 miles/40 km) from Venice by high-speed train.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$367.04
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From
$367.04
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From Venice, Tour to Padova

From Venice, Tour to Padova

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This tour will take us, together with a local accompanist, will lead us to discover the real Padua. We will take a walk around the city to discover the most important sights and monuments. We will see Prato della Valle, the largest square in the city of Padua and among the largest in Europe, which with its 78 statues is an album of the important characters of Padua. The Basilica of Sant’Antonio or “Il Santo”, a destination for millions of pilgrims each year and a romantic mix of styles and cultures from all corners of the world. Along the cobblestone streets we will reach the medieval heart of the historic center. We will see the ancient Ghetto of the city that with its narrow streets has become a meeting place for young students. Then the Squares, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta with the views of the Palazzo della Ragione and often enlivened by the stalls of the Market and the swarming of people under the "Salone" where we will stop for a glass of wine and a typical "cicchetto". We will reach Piazza dei Signori, a meeting place for Paduans at the aperitif and once the home of the Lords of the city. Palazzo Bo, headquarters of the University of Padua, founded in 1222, which has always attracted students from all over the world. We will conclude the tour with a stop to the historic "Caffè Pedrocchi".
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.70
Price varies by group size
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$115.70
Price varies by group size
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Touring bike

Touring bike

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We rent  normal bikes for your bike tours and holidays in Veneto Region, the inland of Venice.  We offer assistance and bike taxi with our bike trailer and minibus between the main airports and railway stations. For example Venice, Treviso, Bologna, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Bolzano, Belluno and so on. Please feel free to contact us for information and quotes.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.45
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$30.45

Padua 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour Including the Botanical Garden

Padua 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour Including the Botanical Garden

Explore the historical center of Padua on a walking tour that includes the city’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Botanical Garden, which dates back to 1545. Learn about Padua’s history, landmarks, palaces and more from an informative guide. This is a great introduction to the city and leaves you plenty of time for the rest of the day to continue enjoying Padua on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$435.45
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$435.45
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Padua private tour with Church of the Hermits and Baptistery of the Dome

Padua private tour with Church of the Hermits and Baptistery of the Dome

Don’t get held back by a big tour group when you go to explore Padua. This private Padua tour is led by a private guide with just your own group, so you can go at the pace that seems right for you. Along with a thorough tour of Padua's old town, you’ll also see attractions such as Church of the Eremitani.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$303.26
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$303.26
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Padua Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Padua Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Join us on this private walking tour through the historic and fascinating city of Padua. Although closely associated with Venice, the city has a distinct story and has played a significant role in Italian history since the Middle Ages. As you venture through the streets of Padua you’ll discover hidden streets, hear about local myths and legends, and marvel at the historic palazzos over the echoed laughter of students and visitors enjoying a hot espresso or crisp aperol spritz.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$249.00
per group
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$249.00
per group
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