Guided tours to Palazzo Bo


For precautionary purposes, in line with the prophylactic measures taken by the University regarding Coronavirus and in compliance with the requirements set by the Ministry of Health, all type of guided tours in Palazzo Bo and Palazzo Liviano-Sala dei Giganti are suspended from March 8th. 
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The Bo Palace, the main campus of the University of Padua, is located in the city's historical center (on Via VIII Febbraio 2 - 35122 Padua).

An historical tour of the Bo Palace (Palazzo Bo - Giro storico) is available from Monday through Friday. Visitors are invited to explore the courtyards (and see the works of art on display there), as well as the "Anatomical Kitchen" and Anatomical Theatre. Other sites offered on the tour include the Galileo Galilei Great Hall (l'Aula Magna Galileo Galilei), the Hall of Forty (la Sala dei Quaranta), the Hall of Medicine (la Sala di Medicina), and the Hall of Law (Sala di Giurisprudenza). These last are subject to availability, as university activities and events are commonly held there. Please note that because the Bo Palace continues to play a crucial and operational role in the university's daily academic life, visitors to the Bo Palace are not guaranteed access to every site offered on the tours provided.

Visitors who wish to visit the Bo Palace must book a tour. For reasons relating to safety and to the restrictions laid out by the COVID-19 health emergency, please be aware that tour reservations to the Bo Palace are mandatory and that each tour will be limited to 15 people only

  Security general conditions

  • Access to the Bo Palace shall be monitored with a maximum capacity of 15 people allowed per tour
  • During the tour, visitors are not permitted to touch the doors, the decor, and any surfaces (both inside and outside the palace) 
  • The entire tour will be completed on foot, and visitors are not permitted to sit on any chairs or benches 

By purchasing a ticket, the visitor accepts the general conditions of access to the Bo Palace, established on the basis of the measures outlined in the Prime Ministerial Decree of May 17, 2020, of the Ordinance of the President of the Regional Council of Veneto (l'Ordinanza del Presidente della Giunta regionale del Veneto), n. 48 of May 17, 2020 and of the General Protocol for the fight against and the containment of COVID-19, compiled by the University of Padua, which further states that all visitors must:

  • Acknowledge the containment measures of the COVID-19 contagion in place from today, as well as the relative penal sanctions, including those for false statements; 
  • Acknowledge the obligation of self-isolation at one's domicile or place of residence and the withdrawal of access privileges to the Bo Palace should individuals present flu-like symptoms (having a fever above 37.5°C, coughing, having respiratory difficulties, and showing other symptoms such as widespread myalgias (muscle pain), ageusia (loss of taste), and anosmia (loss of smell);
  • Acknowledge that if individuals who have been in contact with other individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days are not permitted to access the premises; 
  • Acknowledge that access to the Bo Palace of persons who previously tested positive for COVID-19 must is satisfactory only upon providing a medical certificate attesting to a negative result;
  • Acknowledge that access to the Bo Palace is only granted to persons who will wear a mask both inside and outside the building; 
  • Acknowledge that everyone must comply with social distancing procedures that require individuals to maintain a distance of 1 meter from each other throughout the entire site, as well as during all stops and waiting periods throughout the tour; 
  • Promptly notify the site's surveillance staff if symptoms of discomfort (e.g. fever, cough) emerge during the visit, making sure to remain at a suitable distance from other persons present on site, as well as to have read and complied with all the measures detailed in the Prime Ministerial Decree of May 17, 2020 and the Order of the President of the Veneto Regional Council no. 48 of May 17, 2020 and the General Protocol for the fight against and containment of the COVID-19 virus drafted by the University of Padua.

  Scheduled tour

"Palazzo Bo - Giro storico" - from Monday to Friday
11.00 am (italian) - 12.00 am (english) - 3.30 pm (italian) - 4.30 pm (english) - 5.30 pm (italian)

  Tickets: prices and sale

Tickets include guide

Ticket office is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm. It is located in the hallway between the Old and the New Courtyard of Palazzo Bo. Reservation is mandatory.

Palazzo Bo - Tickets "Palazzo Bo - Giro storico"

  • € 7,00: single adults (26-64 years);
  • € 5,00: over 65, teachers and professors no Unipd, Padova card, Unipd Alumni;
  • € 4,00: Unipd arts e science (showing the ticket from Botanical Garden / Sala dei Giganti); 
  • € 3,00: young people (13-25 years), Servizio Civile volunteers;
  • € 15,00: family ticket: 2 adults plus 1 to 3 children (max. 17 years)
  • Free admission: children (0-5 years), under 13 (6-12 years with a paying adult), Unipd Students, Unipd Professors and employees, Unipd Senior Scholars, journalists , guides, groups couriers, disabled people and their helpers, institutional guests and authorities on official visits to the University.

  How to get to Palazzo Bo

The nearest airport to Padua is the Marco Polo International Airport (about 30 Km) Connections are provided by a bus service (Busitalia), running every half an hour to the Padua train Station (Trenitalia; Italo), which is close to the city centre. From there you can reach Palazzo Bo on foot in about 15 minutes. There is 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 at the Park Rabin (15 minutes, on foot), piazza Insurrezione (often crowded) and at Padova Centro Park, near the Scrovegni Chapel.
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Public Engagement Office

Call centre -  bookings: +39 049827.3939
Everyday: 9-17