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University of Padova

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Address: via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 , Padua, Italy
Phone Number: 049/8275111

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Fascinating place

Professional staff. Fascinating history which started in 1222. Make sure to visit the autopsy amphitheater.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Professional staff. Fascinating history which started in 1222. Make sure to visit the autopsy amphitheater.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was so amazing, especially the courtyard. It is incredible that people actually study there... it was absolutely magical, totally reminded me of Hogwarts! :)

Thank Russalia K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

they say its the oldest university in history so its is a must see you need a local guide to give you all the info you need

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Palazzo Bo and Anatomical Theatre at the University of Padova is definitely worth a visit. However, you have to make a reservation with the university as you can only visit this UNESCO Heritage site with an university guide guided tour.

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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Amazing to think that they still hold lectures in the same room as Galileo. Need to investigate were it is, inside the university.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Palazzo Bo, the site of the first university in Padova, is a very old building and a tour of it is pretty cool. they have the podium from which Galileo lectured, and an anatomy 'theatre' where dissections were done, one of only 3 or 4 surviving in Europe. The tour is guided and costs only a little. If you are... More 

Thank eridotto
Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Be prepared to be shocked to learn that this is where the ancients studied (Galileo for one) and to know that this is the second oldest University in the world (Bologna Italy is first).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Beautiful building to visit, it's not open often but you should check the times of the tour that takes you around the main rooms including teatro anatomico. Good to remember, that numerous notable people studied here: Galileo, Kopernikus, Zamoyski, Kochanowski and Messner, one of the greatest mountaineers in history.

Thank KarolaRS
Chautauqua County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were so looking forward to a great tour and they do a slipshod job and don't show much. There must be a better tour.

Thank Sam L
Lennox Head, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The University of Padova is reputed to be the third oldest university in the world. It still functions today as normal and graduates are presented their degrees in the halls where Galileo and Copernicus taught. The most outstanding features after the great hall is the anotomical theatre. A wooden circular construction where post mortems were conducted and viewed by medical... More 

Thank Peter K

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