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Geocaching: searching for places of research

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt where participants search for various shaped, coloured, and sized containers marked by a single clue: its geographical coordinates.

In celebration of the University of Padua’s 800th Anniversary, students, staff, and the local community can discover an engaging activity that links research, university life, and the city over the past eight centuries through anecdotal clues and related historical curiosities.

The goal is to reach at least 800 participants within the eight scheduled events, one event for each century of our history. Organized in groups of 10, participants set off on foot, collecting points for each found container. To carry out their mission, participants use a GPS device, an ancient map of the city, and descriptions of each geocaching location. Additional clues include riddles, anecdotes and related historical curiosities of the university’s heritage. Collecting the most points in the shortest possible time, the winning teams also include those who have taken the best photos, rewarded with Unipd-branded gadgets.

The Department of Historical, Geographical, and Antiquity Sciences successfully promoted urban and rural tourism, including almost 1500 participants engaged in various geocaching events within the Veneto region. Organized in collaboration with the Department of Geosciences, the eight scheduled events are an opportunity to celebrate our 800th anniversary.

Participants of all ages can enjoy geocaching teamwork that promotes engaging in physical activities and learning about specific places within our city, with a touch of healthy competition.

Participants must register for each event.

Info about the project “Geocaching”: museo.geografia@gmail.com

SCHEDULED GEOCACHING EVENTS
TBD

Friday, April 29 | 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Open to Unipd students

Saturday April 30 | 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Open to Unipd staff

Saturday May 21 | 3 – 6:30 pm
Open to Unipd students and public

Saturday June 11 | 3 – 6:30 pm
Open to the public (all ages)

Sunday June 12 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Open to the public (all ages)

Monday September 26 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Open to the public (students between 11-14 years old)

Wednesday September 28 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Open to the public (students between 14-18 years old)

Friday 30 settembre (Researchers’ Night) | 7 – 10 pm
Open to the public (all ages)