The PadovaCard is an ID card that allows you to visit the most important sights of the Province of Padova in an easier, cheaper, and innovative way.
Since 1 January 2008, two new versions of the Padova Card are available:
--> 48 hours card: € 15
--> 72 hours card: € 20
Holders of the new Padova Card will have the opportunity to visit the entire museum network in the Province of Padova for free: the Scovegni Chapel (not incl. € 1 for reservation), the Museo Eremitabu, Palazzo della Ragione (reduced entry fee for exhibitions), Palazzo Zuckermann, Museu del Risorgimento (exhibitions from the Risorgimento period and contemporary exhibits), the Botanic Garden (Orto Botanico), Battistero, Loggia, Odeo Cornao, the S. Rocco and S. Michele oratories, the luxury rooms of Caffé Pedrocchi, the Petrarca House and Arqua Petrarca.
The card gives access to the entire public transport network (urban and suburban) and includes free use of the main car parks of the city.
It also offers discounts and reductions for visiting the main sights in Padova and in the province of Padova: museums, villas, churches, gardens, castles and historic residences, for navigating the Brenta river, for staying in B&B accommodation, for booking a tourist guide in order to discover the architectonic and cultural jewels of the city.
Palazzo della Regione
Palazzo della Regione, the Municipal Palace, was built in 1218 by the Comune of Padova as the seat of the Podesta and the Law Courts. It was designed by Giovanni degli Eremitani, the architect friar.
The spacious upper floor was divided up by walls into three sections; Tribunal with the judges', Great Council and the office of the Podesta. Later on, the whole upper floor was turned into one great hall, as it is today.
The great Trojan horse, situated inside, was copied in 1466 from Donatello's bronze horse, by Annibale Capodilista.
Bo - the university of Padova
After Da Carraro family left the building became hospitium reserved excusively for ambassadors, military captains and noble guests who might stop in the town.
The downfall of the Da Carraro family, in 1405, did not harm the hospitium, as it was wellknown all over Europe until 1493, the year in which it was rented and later bought by the governors of the University.
What To Bring on a Long Stay
Luggage with wheels is a must if you bring a lot of luggage items.
Remember you will be dragging it over cobble stoned streets and up stairs.
Italians take stairs like mountain goats, and I wish for escalators and elevators. Months of September through April---light jacket is minimum needed
December through March 1--heavier jacket
Long stays--sweat pants, sweat shirt and long sleeve shirts during winter (they turn the heat off at 11:00 am, back on later)
folding umbrella for winter neosporin
The farmacias have all the same medicines and some of it is possible to get without prescription.
mosquito bite medicine to reduce irritation They have the same things, wires, chips, etc. that you find in the U.S. They have umbrellas, tables with removeable legs, folding chairs, etc. for sale in camping shops. Padova has an awesome camping store near the center and one further out. the electric converters sold in the states may not be enough for hair dryers. (I burned mine up recharging my electric shaver.) The surge at the beginning of turning a hair dryer on is too much for some converters. I also had to buy the parts for and put together a converter for my kitchen aide mixer, as it uses a lot of electricity.
Bring several of the plugs that change from US plugs to Italian ones. These do not change the current, only the hole/plugs.
And for a smile or two, I provided some photos for you.
This is the only museum open for tour. The other 3-4 are under renovation. Some of the artifacts and paintings have been moved over to here, but that makes it a hodge podge of a museum, with archeological section, frescoes, sculptures, religious items and icons, and some modern art. The archeological items dates back into 200 BC, but most are from medieval times. There are some nice 14-15th century frescoes Tommaso, Bellini, Lotto, etc.
Ticket price is only 3 euro, so I guess it is practical enough for what you see. The dissappointment is the other museums are apparently closed for quite some time and re-opening unknown.