• The CLEF2010 conference (20-21 September) will be held in the "Aula Magna" (Main Assembly Hall) at the Palazzo del BO, the main historical building of University of Padua.

  • The lab workshops (22-23 September) will be held at the Faculty of Statistical Sciences in Padua.



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  • Palazzo del Bo (blue marker on the map)

  • Faculty of Statistical Sciences (red marker on the map)



What to see in Padua
Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony or as the economic capital of Veneto,
Padua is one of the most important art cities in Italy.



Padua's treasure is the Scrovegni Chapel, Giotto's masterwork; the adjacent Eremitani Church, built at the turn of 13th century, has a wonderful wooden ceiling, due to Fra' Giovanni, and many monumental tombs.Badly damaged by bombing in 1944, it keeps in the Presbytery some frescoes by Guariento (1368 1370) and some juvenile masterpieces by Andrea Mantegna (1448-1457) in the Ovetari Chapel.

Not far away, separating Piazza delle Erbe from Piazza della Frutta, stands Palazzo della Ragione, commonly called Il Salone, a building of 1218, rebuilt in 1306 by Fra' Giovanni degli Eremitani. A busy market occupies daily the ground floor and the adjoining Piazze. The upper floor is one vast hall (81 mt long, 27 mt wide and 27 mt large). On the walls is an interesting cycle of frescoes of religious and astrological subjects (1425-1440).

 Palazzo della ragione

 Piazza dei Signori

The nearby Piazza dei Signori is attractively enclosed by buildings. On the W side, Palazzo del Capitanio (1599-1605) incorporates the Torre dell'Orologio with its astronomical clock dating from 1344. The arch is by G.M. Falconetto. Beyond the Arco dell'Orologio is Piazza Capitaniato with the building of the arts faculty, the Liviano. It incorporates the Sala dei Giganti with frescoes dating from the 16th century.

Padua is also a pilgrimage city, millions of pilgrims come here every year to visit the "Basilica di Sant'Antonio", where the grave of St. Anthony is preserved.


 Prato della Valle

'Prato della Valle' is a huge oval form island surrounded by a channel, in the middle of one of Europe's largest square. There are many sculptures on the channel sides. These sculptures are representations of culture and art personalities.

Between the 'Prato della Valle' and the Basilica there is the "Orto Botanico" (1545), with exotic flowers and plants.  The Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of all botanical gardens throughout the world, and represents the birth of science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It has made a profound contribution to the development of many modern scientific disciplines, notably botany, medicine, chemistry, ecology, and pharmacy. For this reasons from 1997  is under the UNESCO patronage.

 Orto Botanico

For more details and pictures please check the official Padova website official website

Tourist information:
Information and free city maps are available at Tourist Information Office, in Galleria Pedrocchi, behind Caffè Pedrocchi, near Palazzo Bo and City Hall.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturdays 9am-1.30pm; 3pm-7pm. Closed on Sundays.
IAT - Tourist Information Offices
Galleria Pedrocchi Tel. 049/8767927



Some basic information to easily get to Padua and to move in the city.

Getting Padua by Air


Marco Polo Airport

Padua can be easily reached from Venice Airport by:

  • cab or shuttle : there is an Air service (Radio Taxi, tel +39 049 651333) with a collective minibus at the cost of approximately € 25 per person. Book at least 24 hours in advance by e-mail.
  • coach : there is a coach which takes approximately 1 hour from the airport to the Padua coach station. In the timetable select from "VENEZIA AEROPORTO TESSERA" to "PADOVA AUTOSTAZIONE" (coach station).
  • bus/train : reach the Mestre-Venice railway station by ATVO Fly Bus or ACTV bus n. 15; for ACTV see the timetable from AEROPORTO (Airport) to STAZIONE FS (Railway station), feriale (weekday) or festivo (holiday). Take a train to Padua (see Getting Padua by Rail).


Antonio Canova Airport

Padua can be reached from Treviso Airport by

  • coach : the coach stop is in front of the airport. The journey takes approximately 1 hour. In the timetable select from "TREVISO AEROPORTO" to "PADOVA STAZ. FS" (railway station). Buses are available from 5:30 to 20:00.
  • bus/train : the bus line 6 connects the Treviso Airport to the Treviso railway station. Tickets are available at the airport. Buses are available from 6:00 to 22:00. The journey takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The journey by train from Treviso railway station to Padua railway station takes approximately 1 hour (see Getting Padua by Rail).


Orio al Serio International Airport

Padua can be reached from the Bergamo Airport by bus/train. Two of the possible routes are:

  • via Bergamo: from the Bergamo Airport to Bergamo railway station by bus (approximately 10 minutes) and then from Bergamo railway station to Padua by train (on average three hours).
  • via Brescia: from the Bergamo Airport to the Brescia railway station (approximately 1 hour) and then from Brescia railway station to Padua by train (approximately 2 hours).

Information about the shuttle bus from the airport can be found here.
For information about trains see Getting Padua by Rail.


Linate and Malpensa Airports

The information about the connection between the two Milan airports (Linate and Malpensa) and the Milan railway station can be found at the Milan Airport Website. Padua can be reached from the Milan railway station in 2-3 hours according to the type of train (see Getting Padua by Rail).


Guglielmo Marconi Airport

Padua can be reached from the Bologna airport by train. The Bologna railway station can be reached from the Bologna Airport by taxi or by the shuttle service Aerobus BLQ. For further information visit the G. Marconi Airport Website. The journey from Bologna railway station to Padua railway station takes approximately 1 and half hour (see Getting Padua by Rail).

Getting Padua by Rail

For information to reach Padua by train visit the Trenitalia Website.

Tickets are available at the ticket-office at the railway station or on-line. It is forbidden to buy the ticket on board.

Mainly there are three types of trains:

  • Eurostar: fast connections with modern trains (saving money by booking several days before by TARIFFA AMICA)
  • Intercity: quite fast connections (prices are often comparable with Eurostar).
  • Regional: cheap but slow and not always comfortable.

In front of Padua railway station there are the taxi parking and the stops of the APS buses (public transports).

Transports to/in Padua

Shuttle to/from airoports: AirService, online booking, phone +39 049 8704425

Taxi: Radio Taxi, phone +39 049 651333

Public Transport: APS Mobilità

The tickets for the APS buses (local buses) are available:

  • at the APS office outside the railway station
  • at the ticket machine outside the railway station
  • at the APS office in the coach station (Autostazione)

The complete location list to buy the tickets can be found here.

Bike: as in every Italian city, bicycle is an efficient means of transportation. Bikes can be rented at the railway station.