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The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua

One of the most beautiful and historic chapels in the city is the Scrovegni Chapel (Arena Chapel). Its decor is impressive and is undoubtedly a must-see destination in Padua. Here we have tips and useful information for you not to miss this attraction in Padua!

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The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua

Padua is one of the oldest cities in Italy and one of the most classic. Full of monuments, history and culture, it is also surrounded by churches. One of the most beautiful is, without a doubt, the Scrovegni Chapel. Let’s learn more? Shall we visit the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


Padua is an ancient city that has always devoted special attention to art, culture and science, a city that brings curiosity and has many attractions; one of them is, without a doubt, the Scrovegni Chapel, also called the Arena Chapel, one of the most beautiful works of art in the ruins of the ancient arena of Padua. 

Its History and Architecture

It is also known as the Annunciation or the Arena. It was built and painted between 1303 and 1306, on demand from Henry Scrovegni, who had the desire to rescue the reputation of his father, a famous notorious. The Chapel has a very simple architecture, in fact it has sober lines, like a single rectangular building with a barrel-shaped roof. An elegant window divided vertically into three characterizes the brick facade, while on the south wall there are six windows with a single opening. The rigor of the external structure contrasts with the extraordinary scenic and emotional impact of the interior space, entirely covered with frescoes. What makes it one of the most precious religious monuments in Italy, is the fresco cycle by Giotto. Also read What to visit in one day in Padua?

1) The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua –  ATTENTION TO THE GIOTTO’S FRESCO CYCLE

The pictorial cycle was done with the fresco technique. In practice, it was painted on fresh plaster, because the color had to impregnate it before it dried to preserve itself, with its incredible colors (like the famous ultramarine blue). When telling many stories of the old and the new testament, among the paintings emerges that of the Last Judgment which covers an entire facade of the chapel and represents Christ as a judge and a king among the apostles, under which the forces of evil grasp and sink sinners. Wonderful is the vault of stars in a blue sky that remembers, disturbingly, the vault of the Basilica of Saint Francis, in Assisi. Observing the various representations, Giotto was able to infuse the characters, giving them a precise physiognomy and an emotional description. Christ, the Virgin, the angels and the saints fully express passions and feelings, demonstrating their own fragility and humanity.

2) The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua – ATTENTION TO MADONNA AND CHILD

In the Scrovegni Chapel there is also a large Madonna and Child, by Giovanni Pisano, carved in the same period, a true masterpiece of indescribable beauty. The scenes with the virtues and vices are unique, a true vade-mecum of behavior for Christians of the time.

3) The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua –  VISIT THE MUSEUM OF THE HERMITS

To complete the knowledge of the council, in addition to the Scrovegni Chapel, you can also visit the neighbor, the Museum of the Hermits, where the Crucifix is, over two meters high, painted by Giotto at the end of the fresco cycle, or perhaps during a later stay in Padua.

Useful information

To prevent the frescoes from deteriorating, visits are strictly controlled and require a lot of attention. The visit is allowed only upon reservation, with the possibility of access to only twenty-five people per shift. The reservation must be made at least one day in advance (it is not allowed to book for the same day) and I recommend booking before your trip. Between each round of visitors, the chapel must have the air renewed, so if you want to make sure you can visit the chapel, the only thing to do is buy tickets online. Take advantage of being in Padua and take a city tour on foot and with wine tasting! Click here for more information!

Opening hours:

All year round, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. From December 27th to 29th and from January 2nd to 6th, it is open at night, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The closing days are Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day.

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How to get to Padua?

Padua, due to its geographical position in the center of the Veneto plain, can be easily reached via the main roads in Italy.

1) How to get to Padua? BY AIRPLANE

The nearest airports are those of Venice – Marco Polo Airport (How to get from Marco Polo Airport to the center of Venice?) and Treviso. You can reach Padua with both, by bus or taxi with fixed rates. The train station is reached by most urban buses, in fact, the station is 10 minutes from the historic center, special, do not underestimate it.

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2) How to get to Padua? BY TRAIN

It is easily reached because all the trains on the Milan / Venice and Bologna / Venice axis stop in Padua. With the fast trains you can arrive in 4 hours from Rome or Turin, just over 2 hours from Milan or Florence. It is also possible to reach the main locations in the northeast by train: Venice and Vicenza in half an hour, Verona and Treviso in an hour, Cortina in 2 hours, also with direct connections. Also find out “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.

3) How to get to Padua? BY CAR

Highway A4 (Milan – Venice), exit at West Padua or Highway A13 (Bologna – Padua), exit at South Padua. The signs to reach Venice are very clear. TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLE OF ROUTES. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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The Scrovegni Chapel is one of the absolute masterpieces of world art, an unmissable stop when you go to Padua. And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.

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