Urbs Picta: itinerary to discover the UNESCO heritage frescoes of Padua
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Chiesa degli Eremitani
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Palazzo della Ragione
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Cappella della Reggia Carrarese
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Chiesa degli Eremitani

In July 2021, the eight cycles of 14th-century frescoes in the historic center of Padua were proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is possible to visit them by following an itinerary through the city's most picturesque places, which we will illustrate in this article.

But why a complex of different works was included on the World Heritage List? According to the UNESCO commission's assessment, the frescoes of Padua demonstrate how, during the 14th century, different artists, starting with Giotto, introduced new and important style innovations into the history of art. Such as the ability to capture and depict human feelings, to render pictorial space realistic through the exploration of perspective possibilities and trompe-l'œil effects. These innovations were so important that they influenced new generations of painters up to the Renaissance and beyond.

Padua urbs picta card

To visit Padua's 8 UNESCO heritage sites, you can purchase the Padua Urbs Picta Card at city IAT points (Station, vicolo Pedrocchi and Piazza del Santo), the Eremitani Civic Museums ticket office or by calling 049.2010020. There are two formats: €28 lasting 48h or €35 valid instead 72h. The cards also include free use of public transportation, buses and streetcars.