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Padova and the Birth of the Renaissance

3 nights starting from

  • Timed visit to the Scrovegni Chapel, the birthplace of Renaissance art

  • Church of San Zeno Verona

  • Abbey of Pomposa

  • Padova with its host of artistic treasures

Often called the ‘father of the Renaissance’ Giotto broke away from the two-dimensional figures of Byzantine and Gothic art to use more natural line and form in his paintings. Although a Florentine by birth, it was in the culturally and intellectually influential city of Padova that he produced his masterpiece – the frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel. The pivotal work of Renaissance painting as a whole, many consider these frescoes to be the most important masterpiece of Western art. Join Clare Ford-Wille to explore Giotto’s influence and to enjoy the fascinating and wonderful city of Padova, Pomposa and San Zeno in Verona.

Available Departures


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Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 28th March 2019 at 09:25

Returning: 31st March 2019 at 21:25


Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Verona and transfer to hotel in Padova to check-in for a three-night stay. Evening welcome drink and lecture, ‘Giotto and the Art of Fresco in the Arena Chapel in Padua’ followed by dinner with wine in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2: Morning Padova and afternoon Pomposa.
Morning visits to the University and Anatomical Theatre and 12th century Baptistry of the Cathedral. Afternoon visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Pomposa, a little-known gem with its frescoed church and 11th century campanile.

Day 3: Full day Padova including Scrovegni Chapel.
Morning timed visit to the Scrovegni Chapel, lavishly decorated by Giotto from 1303 to 1305, to see Giotto’s masterpiece depicting biblical scenes and the renowned “Coretti,” an exercise in perspective that creates the illusion of an arch with a room beyond. This is followed by the 13th century Eremitani Church, famed for its magnificent roof and 15th century frescoes by Mantegna. Afternoon visits to the Basilica of St Anthony and the Scuola del Santo and Oratorio di S.Giorgio, which includes the earliest documented painting by Titian, dating from the early 1500s. Evening lecture, ‘Painting in Padua after Giotto: Giusto da Menabuoi to Mantegna’ followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4: Verona and home.
Morning visit to the lovely city of Verona including the Church of San Zeno and Castel Vecchio before the return flight to London Gatwick.

Please note: Visits in Padova are undertaken on foot so there is a considerable amount of walking involved.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.


  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Verona
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star NH Hotel, Padova, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception and two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Clare Ford-Wille and tour manager throughout


  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


NH Hotel, Padova
This modern four-star hotel is located close to the heart of Padova within walking distance of most of the main sights including the Scrovegni Chapel. Facilities here include 12th floor breakfast room, bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

NH Hotel Padova Website

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Clare was so good - really enjoyed it. Exhausting at times trying to take in all information but a great experience.

Review by Mrs Christine Marriott who travelled 14-March-2014

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Review by Bishop who travelled 18-October-2013

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My first trip with Travel Editions and I don't want it to be my last! A very intensive three days, I must say, but very interesting. Clare was very knowledgeable and authoritative. She was also great company as were all the other members - very friendly.

Review by Davis who travelled 01-October-2013

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