It was Giotto in the early fourteenth century to inaugurate an extraordinary season for narrative and monumental painting. Today Padua retains a matchless heritage of “narrating walls”, large fresco cycles that embellish sacred and profane buildings, public and private.
We advise you to discover this unique and extraordinary heritage in two days, moving on foot, by bicycle or by public transport. The route will take you to the most significant and open to thr public places. For some it is necessary to book or advise, but it's worth it. Do not be surprised though if visiting Padua you will discover countless other frescoed places, not indicated in this itinerary, will be further confirmation that Padua is the city of the fresco!
Make sure you have booked to time your visit to the Scrovegni Chapel and to start your day soak in Giotto's masterpiece. Complete the visit to the Medieval and Modern Art Museum of the Eremitani Civic Museum where you can admire the works of the followers of Giotto, and have fun in learning more about the fresco art in the Multimedia Room. Revenue then in the ancient Eremitani Church to study the Guariento' style and the Andrea Mantegna's frescoes.
Following via Eremitani and after crossing the rivers, passing under the ancient Altinate Gate, you reach the heart of Padua. Here there are concentrated frescoes made during at least six centuries. In via S. Lucia you will find the stories frescoed by S. Rocco inside the oratory of the same name. Reach then the della Frutta e delle Erbe squares to immerse youralef in the vast and extraordinary cycle of astrological theme of the Palazzo della Ragione.
After lunch, visit the beautiful frescos of Piazza Duomo. Half an hour of magic in the intense environment of the Baptistery of the Cathedral, to contemplate the “Paradise” painted by Giusto de'Menabuoi. In the Diocesan Museum you can admire the Bishops' Hall, frescoed in 1505 with the portraits of the first 100 Paduan bishops and the S. Maria degli Angeli Chapel, a real gem in miniature of Padua's sacred art. To end the day after a relaxing break in the historical Caffé Pedrocchi go up to the main floor of the coffee itself for a walk in the decorative eclecticism wanted by Antonio Pedrocchi in the nineteenth century.
Walk via S. Francesco and halfway visit the S. Francesco Church to admire the beautiful frescoes' cycle of the sixteenth century by Girolamo dal Santo. If the nearby Oratory of Charity is open not miss a visit to the precious frescoes by Dario Varotari. Once inVia Cesarotti entrance in the Odeo Cornaro and observe its splendid grotesque decorations and the expansive landscapes painted by Lambert Sustris. The morning ends at the Basilica del Santo, a true art and spirituality treasure. Within, two chapels with magnificent frescoes by Giusto de 'Menabuoi and by Altichiero da Zevio in the fourteenth century but also twentieth century frescoes by Achille Casanova and many other contemporary authors.
Reain in Anthony area to visit the beautiful frescoes', which decorates the S. Giorgio Oratory, work by Altichiero da Zevio and Jacopo Avanzi, and then go up to the Saint School and do not miss the frescoes by Tiziano and other artists of the sixteenth century.