Padua Excursion

8 November
Depart: 11.00, Return: 16.30

Coaches will arrive to take you to the Scrovegni Chapel, frescoed between 1303 and 1305 by Giotto – one of the most important masterpieces of Western art. The frescoes, which narrate events in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ, cover the entire walls.

Then you will be taken to historic centre of Padua where you can stroll around the Prato della Valle, a 90,000 m2 elliptical square lined with 78 statues. Donatello’s equestrian statue of the Venetian general Gattamelata (Erasmo da Narni) can be found on the main piazza in front of the Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova. It was cast in 1453, and was the first full-size equestrian bronze cast since antiquity. Not far from the Gattamelata statue are the St. George Oratory (13th century), with frescoes by Altichiero, and the Scuola di S. Antonio (16th century), with frescoes by Tiziano (Titian).