Santa Sofia
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Santa Sofia showing street scenes, cycling and heritage elements
Step inside a church that is one of Padova’s most ancient, a carefully preserved religious relic of the Roman Age. 

The Church of Santa Sofia is perhaps the oldest church in the city of Padova. Come today to see a structure that dates back to the Roman period, with construction having begun in the early 12th century. However, a place of worship is known to have stood on this site even earlier than this. The building is an impressive testament to the long history of Padova, a city defined by its deep roots and ancient buildings. 

Try to imagine when a very different building stood on this spot. It is thought that the earlier place of worship here was likely a pagan temple. Inside the church’s vault is a sacrificial stone dating from these early pre-Christian days. The remains of the building’s original foundations are preserved here too. Inside, look for beautiful artwork including Madonna with Child by Giovanni da Gaibana.

Stand outside the church and look up at the stately façade of the building. It is built from a combination of bricks and stone. Like many of Padova’s buildings, it has a warm, sandy colour. The geometry of the exterior is very neat and simple, with the shape of the roof and the arched details marking the building as Romanesque. 

The church stands close to a wide range of other cultural attractions. The surrounding area has a cluster of museums housed in beautiful buildings, including the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of the History of Physics, the Eremitani Museum, which houses archeological artifacts, and the Third Army Museum. Find several other churches in the vicinity too, including the gorgeous Scrovegni Chapel in the lovely green Giardini dell’Arena. Allow time to visit the Roman arena that is located in this delightful park. 

Walk to the Church of Santa Sofia in about 20 minutes from Padova’s main train station. The route is very pretty and will take you across the photogenic Brenta river. The church is open daily, with morning and evening hours. After you visit the church, consider heading back north and strolling along the river’s lovely banks, which draw cyclists, walkers and joggers in good weather.

Step inside a church that is one of Padova’s most ancient, a carefully preserved religious relic of the Roman Age. 

The Church of Santa Sofia is perhaps the oldest church in the city of Padova. Come today to see a structure that dates back to the Roman period, with construction having begun in the early 12th century. However, a place of worship is known to have stood on this site even earlier than this. The building is an impressive testament to the long history of Padova, a city defined by its deep roots and ancient buildings.

Try to imagine when a very different building stood on this spot. It is thought that the earlier place of worship here was likely a pagan temple. Inside the church’s vault is a sacrificial stone dating from these early pre-Christian days. The remains of the building’s original foundations are preserved here too. Inside, look for beautiful artwork including Madonna with Child by Giovanni da Gaibana.

Stand outside the church and look up at the stately façade of the building. It is built from a combination of bricks and stone. Like many of Padova’s buildings, it has a warm, sandy color. The geometry of the exterior is very neat and simple, with the shape of the roof and the arched details marking the building as Romanesque.

The church stands close to a wide range of other cultural attractions. The surrounding area has a cluster of museums housed in beautiful buildings, including the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of the History of Physics, the Eremitani Museum, which houses archeological artifacts, and the Third Army Museum. Find several other churches in the vicinity too, including the gorgeous Scrovegni Chapel in the lovely green Giardini dell’Arena. Allow time to visit the Roman arena that is located in this delightful park.

Walk to the Church of Santa Sofia in about 20 minutes from Padova’s main train station. The route is very pretty and will take you across the photogenic Brenta river. The church is open daily, with morning and evening hours. After you visit the church, consider heading back north and strolling along the river’s lovely banks, which draw cyclists, walkers and joggers in good weather.

812 Cheap Hotels Near Santa Sofia

Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
4 out of 5
Via Venezia 30, Padova, PD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$126 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Padova Fiere, Hospital of Padova and Scrovegni Chapel. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua ...
4.3/5Excellent! (792 reviews)
"This is an inexpensive and out-of-the way apartment. The gym is thinly equipped with strange machines to use and only a random collection of light dumbells. There seems little capacity or willingness to fix things. I reported a recurrent noise in the room next to mine that woke me up repeatedly in ..."

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
Methis Hotel & Spa
Methis Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Riviera Paleocapa 70, Padova, PD
The price is NZ$173 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in City Center Padova, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Padua Cathedral and University of Padova. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (268 reviews)
Great value in historic center of Prato
"Beautiful property in the middle of town. FRiendly host, great interiors and beautiful garden fir breakfast. Furnishing are in very goody taste. Place is super clean. Use of kitchen is great."

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019

Methis Hotel & Spa
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
Piazza Eremitani 18, Padova
The price is NZ$252 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of the Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel and Giardini dell'Arena. Pedrocchi Cafe and University ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Book the blue room
"We loved the place although it’s more like an B&B than a hotel. I gave it 4.5 stars only because I booked the most expensive pink room but it turned out the blue room had the doors open up to the courtyard. So book the the less expensive blue room!"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Palazzo Mantua Benavides Suites and Apartments
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Donatello
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3 out of 5
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Best Western Plus Hotel Galileo Padova
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The price is NZ$173 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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4 out of 5
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The price is NZ$122 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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