Padua Private Tour with the Botanical Garden
- Basilica of St. Anthony: Take the time to explore the wealth of frescos, carvings and statues in the main altar as well as the smaller chapels. The basilica houses the relics of a saint and a pope, and amazing bronze works by Donatello.
- Botanical Garden: This beautiful garden founded in 1545 as a place to grow medicinal plants and herbs is considered the world's first botanical garden by UNESCO, which declared it a World Heritage Site in 1997.
- City center: Experience the colors and aromas of the Piazza della Frutta (fruit market) and Piazza delle Erbe (vegetable market), both connected by the 270-foot-long colonnaded Palazzo della Ragione.
- Small group = more personal: Share your experience with only people you know; enjoy the luxury of deeper interaction with your guide and a more flexible itinerary.
About This Padua Tour
There are many splendid landmarks in Padua, but only one contains relics from both a saint and a pope: the Basilica of St. Anthony.
Construction began in the year 1232, and the main portion was finished by the turn of the century. The large, multi-domed structure has a decidedly Romanesque exterior, while the interior is pure Gothic. But the treasures inside are what make St. Anthony's an international shrine, and one of Christianity's most celebrated and visited churches – treasures in the form of priceless art and sacred relics.
The main altar is dominated by Donatello's stunning bronze Crucifix from 1446, and the side chapels are dressed with beautiful sculptures, frescos, marble reliefs of miracles performed by St. Anthony, even magnificent 17th-century silver candelabras. The Chapel of the Relics that has drawn pilgrims for centuries.
The niches in the Treasury Chapel contain a foot bone, a fragment of skin, some hair, and the actual undecomposed tongue of St. Anthony, who died in Padua in 1231. When his body was exhumed 30 years later for transfer to the basilica, only the tongue remained intact. For believers, it was proof of the eloquence that had earned him elevation to sainthood: He had preached throughout Italy and France, though he was Portuguese and never learned either language, and reconciled husbands and wives thought to be hopelessly estranged. He even located an unknown burial site, helping to exonerate an accused murder. To this day, Anthony is venerated around the world as the patron saint for the recovery of lost items.
Guns and roses
Founded by the University of Padua in 1545, the world's oldest botanical garden has seen a lot of history, and even played a role in winning World War II. It became the location for clandestine meetings of Italian partisans fighting both Mussolini and the Nazis, thanks to a resistance leader who also happened to be the university's vice-chancellor.
Please meet in the lobby of your local-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you. Your driver waits with a GoBe sign with your name.
In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Expect to walk for approximately 4 miles, over varying surfaces and up steps and inclines. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.
Private Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for children ages 6 years or older as they may find 2 hours of walking/standing difficult.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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