Padua, known for the frescoes by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel (1303-05) and for the great Basilica of Sant’Antonio (13th century), is a city full of culture and art. The streets of the historic center are characterized by arcades and elegant cafes frequented by students of the University of Padua, founded in 1222.
Every day there is always something to see or to do in town. For this reason StudentsVille Staff has chosen all the best Padua events: art exhibitions, concerts, festivals, University of Padua related events and initiatives.
Discover Padua with our guides:
What’s happening in Padua
- Thanks to Mibact’s initiative “Io vado al Museo” Padua State museums open free on first Sunday of month.
- The commercial heart of the city is Piazza delle Erbe: home of the fruit and vegetable market and flanked by the beautiful Town Hall. Here you must stop in the evening for a spritz, so read our guide if you want to discover the upcoming Padua Italy events.
- “Encounter and Embrace”, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, November 16th 2019 – February 9th 2020
An art exhibition with thematic development (among the few in Italy), “Incontro e Abbraccio” explores, through a powerful exposition of 120 sculptures of the twentieth century, the multiple singularities of the human condition. You can read more about it: here.
- “VAN GOGH, MONET, DEGAS. The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts”, Palazzo Zabarella, October 26th 2019 – March 1st 2020
The exhibition “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas” in Padua will show 70 works by the likes of Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh and many others, all from the Mellon Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. More info: here.
- “Egypt of Belzoni”, Centro Culturale Altinate San Gaetano, October 25th 2019 – June 28th 2020
Exhibition dedicated to Giovanni Battista Belzoni from Padua, explorer, engineer, pioneer of modern archaeology and Egyptology. It is realized on the occasion of the bicentenary of Belzoni’s return to Padua, after the three trips made at the beginning of the nineteenth century along the Nile.
- Procol Harum, Gran Teatro Geox, March 10th 2020
Procol Harum, British Prog Rock legends, are on their way back to Italy. The band of Gary Brooker and Geoff Whitehorn will be on stage of Gran Teatro Geox to celebrate a career of over 50 years.
- Paolo Conte, Gran Teatro Geox, March 21st 2020
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of one of the great songs of Italian music “Azzurro”, Paolo Conte arrives in concert on March 21, 2020 at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padua.
Accompanied by an extraordinary orchestra, Paolo Conte will entertain the audience of the Gran Teatro Geox with the great classics of his repertoire.
- Yes, Gran Teatro Geox, April 30th 2020
YES, one of the most important prog-rock band in history and true legend of the genre, returns to Italy for “THE ALBUM SERIES TOUR 2020”. The band will be Thursday, April 30 at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padua.
- Kraftwerk, Gran Teatro Geox, May 21st 2020
Kraftwerk, pioneers of electronic music, will take their 3-D tour on May 21st, 2020 to the Gran Teatro Geox in Padua for an incredible Italian show dedicated to music and performance art.
- Salone dei Sapori, 12-17 May 2020
Salone dei Sapori – Food Festival is a beautiful Taste Fair: great guests, showcooking, tastings, meetings, workshops, conferences, live music, wine itineraries will alternate in the good lounges of the historic center of the city. More info: here.
- Transit of Saint Anthony, June 12th 2020
Historical commemoration in costume celebrates the last trip from Camposampiero to Padua of friar Antonio, who, feeling close to his death, asked to be taken to the beloved Paduan convent of Maria Mater Domini, the first nucleus of what later became the Antonian basilica.
- Feast of Saint Anthony, June 13th 2020
After a solemn mass celebrated in the morning by the bishop in the basilica, a second solemn mass follows in the afternoon, celebrated by the provincial father of the Friars Minor Conventual, after which the relic of the chin of the Saint, preceded by the statue, is carried in procession through the streets of the city center, followed by a parade of the confraternities with their respective banners, and by the authorities.