Theres no place quite like Italy- a country that boasts good eating, dressing in style, and a bit of vino in between. Padova has all of that to offer and more! It’s close to major cities like Venice and Verona yet is worlds away with a historic grandeur.
Padova is known as the city of arches- the entire city center is lined with arched walls dating back to the ancient Roman era. But that’s not all! You’ll also find churches and piazzas with historical significance dotted across the city. This city is the perfect blend of charm and history.
In this guide you’ll find a list of spots not to miss, budgeting tips, and highlights of the city from personal experience.
Accommodation – 40€ per person per night for a double room in an apartment/Airbnb booked in advance. Try to look for accomodation in the historical city center.
Food – budget around 30-50€ per day per person. You can easily find delicious and cheap dining options. For example, opt for the menu del giorno (menu of the day) for around 10-12€ for lunchs and 15-18€ for dinner. Do as the Roman’s do and go out for Aperitivo (like Happy Hour, but better!). When ordering the quitessential Italian Aperol Spritz it will come with a light snack or buffet options.
Transportation – budget around 1,70€ for the tram (one-way). The city center is definitely walk-able, so you don’t really even need to budget for transportation unless you plan on taking the tram or the taxi. There is only one tram line that goes through the city cente with stops at the best monuments. You can easily cover 75-80% of the top places to see in Padova with the tram.
You should also consider taking a day trip to Venice- the “City of Canals”! It’s just a 25-minute ride away and costs only 4,35€. Train stop: Venezia S. Lucia.
Suggested daily budget – 90-150€ (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in an apartment, eating out a little, and using local transportation. This is inclusive of accomodation, food, transportation and enterntainment costs.