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KEY DETAILS
Type of service
Transfer Tours
Duration
2 hours
Suggested departure time
9.00am OR
Meeting/Departure point
at your accommodation in Florence/P.le Roma car terminal in Venice
Language
English

Via Padua

Florence to Venice via Padua


For those of you who like places that are “off-the-beaten-track” of mass tourism, Padua is another recommended stop to make to and from your transfers between Venice and Florence.

Geographically situated in the center of the Veneto region, Padua was the cradle of the paleoveneta cities of the 9th century AC. It became a free commune in the 12th century and underwent an extraordinary economic, cultural, and religious boom. Today you will see a fascinating city - elegant and discreet - immersed in a medieval atmosphere. Every corner of the historic center has something worthwhile to see. It’s center is made up of narrow medieval streets, of porticoes and monumental squares reminding all of its noble and ancient past.

The Padua you see today is the Padua from the 12th century. Its famous university is from this period as is the “Palazzo della Regione”, the building of the Basilica del Santo, and the first city walls.

In the 14th century Padua reached its height of political and military power with the leaders “Carrarese”, the confirm the city’s role as fundamental center of Humanist and Renaissance culture, attracting many writers and artists. When Padua became part of the Republic of Venice, the last public buildings, churches, and the new city walls are built. Today much of the 15th century walls are visible. You will see a part of 18th century Padua as well. The immensely scenic Prato della Valle is one of the largest and most celebrated squares of Europe. Built on the site of a large theater in the Roman period, “Lo Zairo” whose foundations came to light during the construction of the new square.

While in Padua you should make a stop at the historic “Café Pedrocchi”. In business since 1831 and still an important part of the city scene in Padua, this café was once a meeting place for students and intellectuals, becoming then the symbol of independence from the Austrian Empire.

Don’t miss a visit to the Basilica of St. Anthony. The beloved saint Anthony was born in but spent a large portion of his life in where in fact he died near Padua in 1231. According to his wishes his boy was brought to the little church of Santa Maria Mater Domini in Padua to be buried. It was on this spot that the actual Basilica stands - the result of three different reconstructions that took place over a period of 70 years between 1238 and 1310. Of particular interest in this basilica is the Chapel of the Treasury where St. Anthony’s relics can be seen.

Padua has always had an active cultural importance and was the birthplace of Pietro d’Abano who was a physician, philosopher, scientist, and a professor at the Sorbonne in Paris. Galileo was another important scientist who chose this city to build his observatory. Many artists have created masterpieces in Padua, for instance Giotto and his incredible cycle of frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapels, Giusto de’ Menabuoi who painted in the Duomo and the Baptistery, and Andrea Mantegna in the Ovetary Chapel. The ancient University, still very much active today, attracted students such as Dante and Petrarch. At the end of this stop, your private transfer will end up at your destination.

Please note:
The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.
Included
English speaking driver, A/C vehicle, taxes, parking, tolls and gasoline. No hidden costs

Not included
  • Gratuities (not mandatory and entirely at the client's discretion).

Prices per party (NOT PER PERSON) Party of 1-2 people EURO 650
Party of 3-4 people EURO 700
Party of 5-6 people EURO 750
Party of 7-8 people EURO 800
Party of 9+ people ASK US

Availability and schedule Departures: all year round
Pick up/drop off location: at your accommodation in Florence/P.le Roma car terminal in Venice
Pick up time suggested: 9.00am
Tour duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Cancellation Policy
  • No charge or penalty for tours cancelled at least 7 days in advance
  • 6 to 3 days prior - 50% of cost of service
  • 48 hours or less or NO SHOW - full forfeiture
  • No charge or penalty if your ship will not dock in port due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions, itinerary change, etc.)


 
PRICES PER PARTY
Party of 1-2 people
EURO 650
Party of 3-4 people
EURO 700
Party of 5-6 people
EURO 750
Party of 7-8 people
EURO 800
Party of 9+ people
ASK US
NEVER MISS THE SHIP - GUARANTEED TIMELY RETURN TO YOUR SHIP
We have been offering shore excursions for a very long time and we never had a customer that missed the ship. In the extremely unlikely event that you miss your ship due to the late arrival of one of our tours, we will arrange and pay for your accommodations, meals, and transportation to the next port of call.
PS. We know very well that on the ship they try to terrorize you, saying that if you reserve your day with a private tour company and you are late, they will not wait for your return and you will miss the ship. As you can imagine, in cases of bad traffic, accidents, etc. the big buses they use have to wait in line just like all the other vehicles, and if you are on one of our small vehicles it will be much easier to find alternative routes to bypass the traffic problems.

WORRY FREE CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
No charge or penalty if you cancel your tour up to 7 days prior the date!
No charge or penalty if your ship will not dock in port due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions, itinerary change, etc.) and if your tour has been paid in advance, we will refund you.
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