Visiting the University

Guided tours to Palazzo Bo

Self-guided tours are not available at Palazzo Bo: access to the building is only possible by guided tour.

The guided tour of Palazzo Bo includes the anatomical theatre, the Galileo Galilei’s Aula Magna, the Sala dei Quaranta (The “Hall of the Forty”) and the Aula di Medicina (where lectures on medicine were originally given). From Monday to Saturday.

Tour guides speak Italian and English.

  • Palazzo Bo is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Guided tours will be suspended on Saint Anthony's day (June 13), to celebrate the town's patron saint; guided tours are also suspended Monday, June 12. It is also not possible to visit Palazzo Bo on University closing dates. 
    Guided tours will be suspended from August 14 to August 19 due to University closing dates.
  • You can access the interior spaces of the building exclusively through guided tours (attention: it is forbidden to visit them without an authorized guide).

Tickets and infos

The airport nearest to Padova is the Marco Polo International Airport (about 30 Km). Connections are provided by a bus service (Busitalia), running every half an hour to the Padova train Station, which is close to the city centre. From there you can reach Palazzo Bo on foot in aboout 15 minutes. There is a also a tram service - Sir 1 line - running every 10 minutes from the station to the vicinity of Palazzo Bo (Ponti romani tram stop).

Palazzo Bo lies in a limited traffic area (ZTL) where cars are not allowed without a special permission. The nearest parking lots can be found in Prato della Valle area (15 minutes, on foot).


The "UP" University store is located inside Palazzo del Bo and has been opened to visitors since March 2002. The store was created and designed with the intention of making both students and visitors familiar with the history and traditions that have made the University famous throughout the world. Occupying 80 square metres, the shop offers merchandise such as caps, T-shirts, pens, scarves, watches and postcards, all bearing the University crest.
Purchases may also be made online through the e-commerce site.
Well-trained staff are on hand to help student and tourist with information regarding the University.

Up Store
Palazzo Bo - via VIII febbraio 2
tel.:  +39 049 8273110 - fax +39 049 8273111
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 6 pm

Guided tours to the Hall of the Giants at Palazzo Liviano

Unfortunately the Hall of the Giants is closed to the public until the end of August 2017. Nevertheless only groups of 10 persons (or more) can arrange guided tours upon request at

Meeting point: Arco Vallaresso, entrance of the Sala dei Giganti (Hall of the Giants).

For any further information:  +39 049/827.3047

Tours and guided tours of the Botanical Garden

Admission prices and opening times

Guided tours of the Botanical Garden are available by booking, both for schools and for groups. The itinerary will lead the visitor to the discovery of the oldest University Botanical Garden of the world.
Information and bookings:

Guided tours to the museum La Specola

The ancient astronomic observatory of Padova.

Admission prices and opening times