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Unipd cultural heritage: enjoys record visits in 2022


In 2022, the year in which the University of Padua celebrated its 800th anniversary, a record number of visitors enjoying the cultural heritage of the University of Padua grew thanks to the extended open hours of operation and the restorations.

The cultural heritage of the University of Padua exceeded its past historical reach of 291,776 visitors in 2019.  Due to the CoVid pandemic, the University witnessed a reduction of visitors in 2021 with 136,933. The 300,000 total number of visitors in 2022 includes 213,965 visitors to the UNESCO heritage site of Padua’s Botanical Garden. Adding 62,845 guests visiting the areas of Palazzo Bo restored in the twentieth century, the 17,249 visitors of Villa Parco Bolasco in Castelfranco Veneto, and 14,962 visitors who experienced university museums united in the Grand Tour of Sciences: Archaeological and Art sciences, Sala dei Giganti at Palazzo Liviano, Geography Museum, Giovanni Poleni Museum, and the Enrico Bernardi Museum of Machines.

The University of Padua Rector Daniela Mapelli shares her thoughts: 'Having exceeded three hundred thousand visitors to the museums of our university is a symbolic goal that offers a great sense of satisfaction.  As we celebrated our 800th anniversary, we demonstrated our ability to enhance a diverse and beloved cultural heritage that pays homage to the multidisciplinary figures and founders of the University of Padua as culture proves to be a universal language capable of attracting visitors not only from Italy but from all over the world. A language we must continue to speak fluently. In 2023, we will inaugurate a new Botanical Museum, complete with a revisited layout, and a Museum of Nature and Humankind that will stand as the largest university scientific museum in Italy'.