Sep 12 – 14, 2022
Europe/Rome timezone

Social Activities

For those of you who would like to visit some scenic and meaningful locations at our university, we have planned the following social activities.

1) Monday afternoon: Giovanni Poleni Museum

What is physics? How was it practised in Padua in the 18th century and later? And today? The museum answers these questions by proposing a "journey through time". 

The common thread throughout the Museum is the Cabinet of Physics started in Padua by Giovanni Poleni in 1739, famous in Europe at the time, which his successors enriched not only with cutting-edge devices, but also with 16th and 17th century instruments which they used for teaching. The Museum’s objects therefore have "biographies" that are intertwined both with the history of the University of Padua and with the developments of science from the Renaissance to the 20th century and beyond. This is the collection now preserved and studied at the Giovanni Poleni Museum.

It reveals links between local physicists and the national and international scientific community, connections with disciplines such as art, architecture, music and psychology, as well as insights into issues in science and society. Stories of successes and failures highlight the political, social and economic context, as well as the deep connection of the collection to the territory.

More info about the Poleni Museum here.

2) Wednesday afternoon: Bo Palace

The Bo Palace ("Palazzo del Bo") is the historical seat of University of Padua since 1493. It is still home to the Rectorate and the School of Law, and it is also home to the oldest anatomical theatre in the world. The Bo Palace continues to play a crucial and operational role in the university's daily academic life.

A tour of the Bo Palace includes the courtyards (and see the works of art on display there), as well as the Anatomical Kitchen and Anatomical Theatre. Other sites offered on the tour include the Galileo Galilei Great Hall ("Aula Magna Galileo Galilei"), the Hall of Forty ("Sala dei Quaranta"), the Hall of Medicine ("Sala di Medicina"), and the Hall of Law ("Sala di Giurisprudenza").

More info about the Bo Palace here.