You can visit Padua in one day only if you arrive in the city following an itinerary you have already arranged.
The city is not very big but it preserves some works of art, palaces and important places and not to miss out on what is really important, you need to have a clear idea about what you want to see.
From the Basilica of Saint Anthony, where the relics of Saint Antony are kept, to the Scrovegni Chapel housing the masterpieces painted by Giotto. Everything seems to be at hand!
So, here is a list of things to do if you want to visit Padua in only one day. With this list you won’t miss out on the authentic beauty of the city.
Padua in one day
Before starting with some tips on three things to do in Padua in one day, you’d better read the post What to see in Padua without spending your money, where you’ll find a list of museums and important works to see.
It’s a summary of all the main attractions, but if you have only one day at your disposal you can’t see everything.
So, here are three things to do in Padua in one day.
PADUA IN ONE DAY: BASILICA OF SAINT ANTHONY
Visiting Padua in one day and not entering the Basilica of Saint Anthony means missing out on one of the most important places in the city.
The Church keeps the mortal remains Saint Anthony, and his relics are kept inside masterpieces of Veneto goldsmithing.
The Church houses works by Donatello and Titian and you need at least 2 hours to visit the Basilica.
My advice to you is to book a local tour guide who can explain to you all less-known and most curious aspects. You’d a better book in advance the tour to the Basilica in order to get your ticket – Private tour. Basilica of Sant’ Antonio in Padua
PADUA IN ONE DAY: WALKING TOUR
Padua is the seat of one of the oldest Universities in the world, but is also the city of the first Botanical Garden in history.
It takes you about two hours to walk along the streets of the historic centre, and if you’ll be led by a local tourist guide you can ask several questions and discover curiosities you can’t usually find in travel guides.
To book the world’s most fascinating historic and artistic walk, visit the page– Padua walking tour
PADua in one day: BOAT TOUR
Padua is crossed by the Brenta River, that links it with Venice.
In the past centuries some of the most beautiful villas in the world, designed by Andrea Palladio in the Renaissance,were built along the river, and now are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You can’t visit Padua without admiring these masterworks of architecture.
To enjoy this experience you need to book one of the available tours and you can choose your favourite on the page – Boat Tours in Padua