“Since for the great desire I had, to see fair Padua, nursery of arts…” wrote William Shakespeare. Padua is located in the heart of the Veneto plain, between the hills and the pre-alps. It is known as the city of science, because of its prestigious University and the botanical gardens, as well as the cradle of Veneto’s culture, and it is a city truly worth exploring. Admire Giotto’s frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, lose yourself amid the stars of the Observatory's tower, or spend a day in nearby Venice. A good way of discovering all of the city’s secrets is to stay at the B&B Hotel Padova!
Where to book in Padua
Are you looking for an inexpensive quality hotel in Padua, close to the centre of town? Welcome to the B&B Hotel Padova! The B&B Hotel Padova is located in the trade fair district, close to the main roads and strategically situated for reaching the city centre with ease. Whether it is for business or for pleasure, you can't go wrong with the B&B Hotel Padova. Its proximity to the trade fair will make every commitment easier and fast access to the railway station will transform all your visits away from the city to the nearby locations of Venice, Treviso and Vicenza etc. into an untroubled and worry-free outing.
History and urbanism
According to the local parlance, Padua is famous for what it doesn’t have:
the Saint without a name (Saint Anthony, often referred to only as "the Saint"), the lawn (Prato) without grass (Prato della Valle is in actual fact a city square) and the café without doors (the famous Pedrocchi Café, which, until 1916, used to keep its doors open 24 hours a day 365 days a year).
At one time all of Veneto's cities were connected by a dense network of canals that also linked them to the Venetian Lagoon! The traditional local boats of the time were called Bruchielli and it is still possible to arrange boat tours from Padua to see the Venetian Villas of the Brenta Riviera or to Venice.
Padua is a city with a profusion of gardens and natural parks, including Parco dei Colli Euganei, a veritable oasis planted in the Veneto plain and formed by hills of volcanic origin. It's the perfect destination if what you want to do is to spend a day in touch with nature, or to follow the Wine Road of the Colli Euganei. An alternative is to allow yourself to be captivated by the beautiful Brenta Riviera, where the canals link Padua with the basin of St Mark in Venice. Once back in your hotel room you’ll undoubtedly dream beautiful dreams!
Visiting Padua is something truly mesmerising. Discover the city’s medieval jewels such as its walls and ramparts and then allow yourself to be enchanted by the Venetian style buildings that encircle Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti and Piazza dei Signori. The perfect tour is not complete without a visit to St. Anthony’s Basilica, a walk to Prato della Valle and some time spent in the Scrovegni Chapel, with Giotto’s frescoes – a heritage of inestimable worth.
From the feast dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua in June, to the entertaining atmosphere of the traditional Carnival that permeates all the city’s squares, there are occasions aplenty to admire the city in its most vibrant moments. But there are also fêtes, festivals and cultural events: you’ll be spoilt for choice when you stay in Padua, because it’s a city that never says no to having fun!