Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua (Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova) Tours
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Topped by soaring domes and spires, the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua (Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova) is the most important church in the city and is visited by pilgrims from across the globe. With its mix of Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic architecture, and rounded domes reminiscent of St. Mark’s Basilica in nearby Venice, this church is one of Padua’s top attractions.
Built during the 13th century, the Basilica of Saint Anthony includes in its design the small pre-existing church where St. Anthony was buried. Inside, notable artworks include 14th-century frescoes by Altichiero da Zevio, an ornate 16th-century candelabrum by Andrea Briosco, and bronze statues by Donatello. Saint Anthony’s body was originally entombed in the Madonna Mora Chapel; today his tongue and jaw bone are displayed in elaborate gold reliquaries, and the rest of his remains are in the Chapel of St. Anthony.
The basilica is included in small-group Padua tours or day trips from nearby Venice, along with other main attractions in Padua like the Scrovegni Chapel—with frescoes by Giotto—and elegant Prato della Valle square.
Things to Know Before You Go
- If you join a walking tour of Padua, opt for comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
- Photography is not allowed in the church.
- The basilica is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
- Visitors must wear modest attire that covers knees and shoulders.
- Restrooms are located off the Blessed Luca Belludi Cloister.
- A shop located off the Magnolia Cloister sells religious articles and books about the life of Saint Anthony.
How to Get There
The Basilica of Saint Anthony is in Padua’s historic center, an easy walk from the city’s train station and main Prato della Valle square.
When to Get There
The feast day of Saint Anthony is celebrated each year on June 13 with special Masses and services. Pilgrims from across the world gather at Padua’s basilica to honor the beloved Franciscan friar, making the month of June a crowded but special time to visit the basilica.
Highlights of the Basilica of Saint Anthony Complex
In addition to the church, you can tour the adjacent Franciscan Friary and its five cloisters: the Paradise Cloister, the Novitiate Cloister, the Magnolia Cloister, the General Cloister, and the Museum (or Blessed Luke Belludi) Cloister. From the Museum Cloister, you can tour the basilica’s Anthonian Museum and the Museum of Popular Devotion; in the General Cloister, you can see a Multimedia Exhibition on the life of St. Anthony.
Address: Piazza del Santo, 11, Padua 35123, Italy
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua (Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova)
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".
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Your tour at the discovery of one of the most enchanting cities in Veneto starts at 8.40 from the railway station of Venice. Here you will take a speed train that will bring you to Padua in only 25 minutes. Your private guide will wait for you at Piazza Garibaldi, which can be easily reached with a pleasant 10 minute-walk or, in alternative, with public transportation. Thanks to an expert guide you will discover the treasures of the historic centre. After the sightseeing tour, treat yourselves to a refreshing lunch and have some free time. In the afternoon, we suggest you to visit the Botanical Garden, nominated World Heritage site by UNESCO. Your visit will end at 18.53 at the railway station where you will catch a train back to Venice.
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Take the train from Venice to Padua for a day of exploring with this tour. Visit St. Anthony’s Basilica (Basilica of St Anthony), Scrovegni Chapel, and one of Italy’s largest public squares, Prato della Valle. Plus, see the medieval town hall, Palazzo della Ragione. If you choose, you can stay in Padua longer, and go to the Zuckermann Palace or the Eremitani Civic Museum—both entrance fees are included with this tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua (Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova)?
The best ways to experience Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua (Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova) are:
- From Venice, Tour to Padova
- Day Trip by train from Venice to Padua. Private tour
- Padua Half-Day Tour from Venice
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