The tourist office is in the train station (tel. 049-875-2077; fax 049-875-5008; www.padovanet.it or www.apt.padova.it). April to October it's open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 9am to noon; November to March, hours are Monday to Saturday 9:20am to 5:45pm and Sunday 9am to noon. From the train station, bus nos. 3 and 8 head downtown (as do nos. 12 and 18 Mon-Sat and no. 32 Sun). There's another office at the cathedral on Piazza del Santo (tel. 049-875-3087). It's open daily: summer 10am to 1pm and 3 to 6pm and winter 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm. Another, more central office on Vicolo Pedrocchi is set to open "soon" (though they've been saying that for a few years now). You can also visit the APT office at Riviera Mugnai 8 (tel. 049-876-7911) for information.
Feast of Sant' Antonio
The beloved Sant'Antonio is celebrated with a feast day on June 13, when his relics are carried about town in an elaborate procession joined in by the thousands of pilgrims who come from all over the world.
Angelo Beolco "Il Ruzante"
Angelo Beolco, also known as Ruzante (1500-1542), was a great storyteller of the Renaissance. His work as a writer-actor started early in life.
Ruzante, together with his colleagues set up the Commedia dell' Arte Italiana, from which great European playwrights drew much inspiration, in particular Moliere and Shakespeare.
Casa del Petrarca
The house, where the great Italian poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) spent the last years of his life (1370-1374), is situated in the enchanting medieval borough of Arquà, amid the Euganen Hills. The house keeps some original furniture (chair, bookcase and cupboard), rooms with fresco decoration inspired by the poet’s works, a photographic display, manuscripts, books and other items.
Entrance is free with PadovaCard.
The Church of the Eremitani
The church built by order of the Commune di Padova for the Eremitani Friars who came to Padua in 1256, it is a typical 13th c. preaching church with one spacious nave ending in a great central traceried apse with smaller apses on each side.