Welcome to Padova, Italy! Experience the perfect blend of history, culture, and beauty in this enchanting city. Marvel at the breathtaking architecture of the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, stroll through the charming Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe, and explore the renowned University of Padova, one of the oldest universities in the world. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the lively markets, where you can savor delicious local cuisine and indulge in authentic Italian gelato. With its rich heritage and picturesque streets, Padova is a city that will capture your heart.

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Indulge your taste buds in the flavors of Padova, Italy. Start your culinary journey with a refreshing Aperol spritz served with different appetizers to awaken your senses. For a taste of tradition, savor the “bigoli al ragu”, a hand-made pasta such as large fresh spaghetti made with flour, eggs, water and salt that comes with different kind of ragouts (meat, hen, duck). The Bollito Misto is a true feast, featuring various cuts of beef, cotechino, Padovian hen, goose, or duck, all flavored with mustard sauces, green sauce, or horseradish sauce. And don’t miss the local specialties like Padovana figassa (fig cake) or the typical Pazientina, a dessert with very ancient origins, dating back to 1600, that takes its name from the term “patience” to indicate the time and care needed to make the cake, with its two layers of pastry filled with zabaglione cream and, finally, generously garnished with gianduia chocolate flakes. Padova’s culinary delights are a true reflection of its vibrant culture and will leave you craving for more.

Local Restaurant Map (click to enlarge)

Getting Here

By Plane

The closest airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport – VCE which is 50km from the city of Padova (50 km). You can continue from the airport using the following services:


  • Radiotaxi cab service (Padova): to be booked with twenty-four hours’ notice  The trip takes about 45 minutes. LEARN MORE
  • Airservice private collective shuttles: also bookable twenty-four hours in advance. The trip takes about 45 minutes. The driver will wait for guests in the arrival hall just outside the customs exit, holding a board with “AIRSERVICE” on it. LEARN MORE
  • Regular Buses: run by BUSITALIA that leave every thirty minutes at ATVO Ticket Office of Venice Airport (located in the luggage claim hall) and at the ticket machine in Platform D of Venice Airport. LEARN MORE
  • ATVO Buses: which will take you in less than 20 minutes to the nearby Venice Mestre train station, from which you can get to Padova. LEARN MORE

By Train

Padova is located between the cities of Vicenza, Treviso, Venice and Rovigo. It is easily reachable by train: with the high-speed trains you can reach Padova without changes in about 4 hours from Rome or Turin, just over 2 hours from Milan or Florence.

Internationally, you can reach Venice with the nightjet train network from Germany and Austria. These trains fill up quickly, so book them early. Booking early also gives you affordable prices, e.g., approximately 120 euros for a one-way overnight trip in a sleeping compartment. If you are coming from countries other than Germany and Austria, you can book connecting trains through e.g., for Germany or for Austria. A general website with lots of useful information on train travel from different countries is

From Padova it is also possible to reach the main towns of the North-East by train: Venice and Vicenza in about half an hour, Verona and Treviso in an hour, Cortina in 2 hours, even with direct connection.

The city center can be reached by foot in less than 20 minutes, or by public transport (buses and tram).

Train times and tickets: TRENITALIA (high speed and local trains) – ITALO (high speed trains). For information in English, the Trenit app provides live departure information on Italian trains.
Trenitalia tickets must be validated before the departure of the train using the validators (yellow machines) at the station at the location of the start of the journey. From the time of validation, the ticket is valid for 4 hours.

By Car (toll motorways)

Padova is at the centre of the main motorway junctions: A4 Milan-Venice for the west-east route, A13 Bologna-Padova for those coming from the south.

  • Venice – Milan (A4) motorway: exit Padova Est if you come from Venice – exit Padova Ovest if you come from Milan. Follow the signs to the city centre.
  • Bologna – Padova (A13) motorway: exit at Padova Sud, follow the signs for the centre of Padova or continue in the direction of A4 Milan-Venice heading east.

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Please note: the centre of Padova is a Traffic-Restricted Area (ZTL) bounded by electronic gates that read the vehicle license plate. Traffic in the ZTL is only permitted to vehicles with a special traffic permit.  More information is available on the website of the Municipality of Padova.

Getting Around

By Bus

Bus and tram services in Padova are provided by FSBusItalia.

All tickets are valid if validated in the space provided before the next stop after boarding.


Cooperativa Radio Taxi Padova is a 24-hour radio taxi service. Taxi rank in the centre of Padova Train Station square. 

Cooperativa Serenissima Taxi Service is a 24-hour radio taxi service.

Scooters & E-bikes

Download the App, locate yourself, and immediately discover the most suitable vehicle for your daily commute.

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