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The Basilica of St. Anthony

The Basilica of St. Anthony: Our most recommended tours and activities

Padua: Highlights Private Walking Tour & Scrovegni Chapel

1. Padua: Highlights Private Walking Tour & Scrovegni Chapel

Home to one of the world’s oldest universities, the spectacular pilgrimage basilica of Saint Anthony and a landmark of Renaissance art in Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, Padua is a treasure trove of art, history and culture that you can’t afford to miss. In the company of an expert local guide you’ll wander through an atmospheric tangle of medieval streets, explore an incredible 800-year old covered market, discover a glittering array of sculptures, frescoes, architecture and much more. Just half an hour from Venice, Padua makes for a perfect day trip from the Serenissima. Historic Padua is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Our half-day Padua tour is the perfect way to get to grips with the city. We only work with expert local guides who know everything there is to know about the city and are passionate about sharing their hometown with you. At the heart of everything in Padua is its massive, dizzying cathedral, and the Basilica di San Antonio will be one of the highlights of our itinerary. Begun in 1233 just a year after the eponymous Anthony's death as a fitting burial place for the revered saint, the vast basilica is a fascinating mish-mash of architectural styles and cultural influences. Within, a maze-like array of chapels are home to some of Italy's finest artistic masterpieces. Among the highlights we'll see on our tour are the sculptural reliefs by Donatello on the church's high altar and a series of incredible medieval frescoes by local master Altichieri da Zevo. As the burial place of St. Antony, the basilica is also one of Italy's most important pilgrimage destinations. We'll also have a peek into the Cappella del Santo, where the saint's tomb is covered by requests for intercession from the faithful. The Renaissance sculptures portraying the life of St. Anthony by the Lombardi brothers here is another unmissable highlight. Wandering through the historic center of Padua we'll get the chance to stop by at the city's incredible covered market, which has been in continuous operation in the arches of looming Gothic Palazzo della Ragione for 800 years. The twin piazzas of Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta to either side of the palace is the perfect spot to stop for a drink and watch the denizens of Padova go about their business in a ritual that seems little changed over the centuries. There's so much to see in Padua that we're happy to customise your tour to suit you. If you have some extra time in the city and would like to see more of its amazing artistic heritage, we can include a visit to the Ovetari Chapel in the church of the Eremtiani to admire Mantegna's masterful frescoes of St Christoper and St James - blown to smithereens by a World War II bomb but painstakingly restored over the last half a century. Other highlights that we can include on your tour are the city's magnificent Baptistery, where Giusto da Menabuoi's depictions of heaven are amongst the wackiest examples of Medieval cosmology anywhere.

Padua Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

2. Padua Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

Take a City Sightseeing tour of Padua and hop on and off the bus at your leisure, at stops conveniently located along the route. Don’t miss a chance to see the famous Basilica of St. Anthony with its impressive Romanesque architecture and the Gothic-style aisles and eastern apse that were added in the 13th century. Visit the University of Padua, where you can learn about the history of the city and see some of the most interesting areas of this historic institution. Hop back on the bus and head to Piazza delle Erbe, which is overlooked by the Palazzo della Ragione. The palazzo, dating from 1218, was the ancient seat of the city courts. Note the roof that’s shaped like the hull of an upside-down ship. The piazza hosts a vegetable market by day, and by night it comes alive with locals enjoying refreshments at the cafés. Starting point: Stop 1 Duration: 60 minutes Frequency: Every 60 minutes

Padua: City Highlights Exploration Game

3. Padua: City Highlights Exploration Game

Discover Padua’s famous locations while playing the role of a supernatural traveler trying to uncover the use of magic in the city. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. After you book a game, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. Head to Prato della Valle, where the game will start. It will take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace. Pause the game and resume at any time from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the famous Bo Palace. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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What people are saying about The Basilica of St. Anthony

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

The bus stop in piazza erbe 5 was not there so we had to keep scanning the road for the bus. However, the driver was incredibly helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, the church on one of the stops was closed. As the buses only run every hour or so we had to walk to our next destination. It’s advisable to check the different times at the stops.

This is a great way to explore a city at your own pace and with the added element of making it in to a game. The clues are quite simple so not over taxing or complicated and so I think this works for both couples and families.

Very easy to book.

Very informative. Good bus driver. Only one problem, didn't switch on the air condition when we were seated in the lower deck. My children were all ' melting. '

Fun game even if only in English, I read some curiosities and it took me to places I would not have visited just by walking. I want to try it for another city!

Nice way for everyone, with or without children, to explore the city.