Discovering Padova

A city definable as truly student-friendly, Padova hosts 58,000 students within a population of little more than 200,000 inhabitants: these are the numbers depicting one of the oldest university towns, where student and city life coexist in close proximity on a daily basis.
The student-filled piazzas, the open air of the river banks enjoyed by joggers, a summer aperitif on the Piovego waterfront, not to mention an abundance of cultural, musical and sporting events... all features of a vibrant and welcoming city where students can spend time in places full of history, art and beauty, like the Botanical Garden where they can go free of charge. Many different languages can be heard when walking around the city streets, not least as a result of the continuous flow of foreign tourists, which numbered 688,000 in 2016 alone.

Padova is also well-endowed with parks, green spaces and bicycle lanes (currently 162 km), allowing students to get from A to B quickly and easily, every day. And if the need arises, there is also a car-sharing scheme available, with 28 docking stations. Similarly, people keen on sports are well catered for, with the University Sports Centre (CUS) offering a wide range of activities, individual and team alike.

There are always plenty of opportunities to hear good music, and many of the shops in the city accept the Studiare a Padova Card, which entitles university students and employees to price discounts.
More and more initiatives are being introduced for low price admission to theatres and concert halls with Zed, including shows at the Gran Teatro Geox, subscriptions and special price tickets for the Teatro Verdi, and admission free of charge to events staged by, the university's web radio station.

Music and shows
Cultural Landmarks
The Veneto Region
University Cultural Heritage
The History of Padova
City Museums and Exhibitions