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The University’s 800th anniversary tells a story of the tradition and modernity of people, events, and places through the close interweaving of relationships developed over eight centuries. Padua and its University continue to endure as a place for meetings, exchanges, arrivals and departures, and as a central point in the dissemination of culture and knowledge with the world.

The 1968 Student Protest Movement at the University of Padova
The University of Padova is the protagonist of the 1968 Student Protest Movement and the years of protest right from the start: the student body, enormously increased (from about 10,000 …
William Harvey
(Folkestone, 1.4.1578 – Roehampton, 3.6.1657) This English doctor, who discovered blood circulation, is one of the 40 illustrious foreign students to be depicted by Gian Giacomo Dal Forno in the …
Olof Rudbeck
(Västeras 1630 – Uppsala 1702) Swedish Doctor and Botanist Rudbeck was the son of Bishop Johannes, the chaplain of King Gustav II Adolph the Great. Rudbeck received his early education …
Peder Hansen Resen
(Copenhagen, Denmark 1625 – Copenhagen 1688) Danish historian and State Councillor Son of Bishop Hans Hansen, he began his early education at home in Copenhagen before completing his studies abroad. …
Torquato Tasso
(Sorrento, 11.03.1544 – Rome. 25.04.1595) When he was still a child, he moved from Sorrento to Rome in order to be reunited with his father, the poet. He then went …
Oliver Goldsmith
(Pallas, Longford 1728-1774 London) Irish playwright, poet, and apothecary’s assistant Son of Charles and Anna Jones, Goldsmith’s father was an ecclesiastical rector of Anglo-Irish origin.  In 1745, Goldsmith entered Trinity …
Student associations
Following the multi-national chancellor posts attested in 1228 and 1241, the structure of the students’ associations was clearly set out in the charters of jurist students, whereby, from 1260 onwards, …
Edmund Davie
(unknown – London, before 1688) Edmund was the son of an English merchant who emigrated to Boston in 1662. He had already been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from …
Klemens Janicki (Klemens Januszkowski)
(Januszkowo, Poland 1516 – 1543 Krakow, Poland) Polish poet Born into a peasant family, Janicki went to an elementary school in Żnin, then to the Lubrański Academy in Poznań, where …
Universitas Artistarum founded
Nel corso del Trecento il vincolo corporativo che legava gli scolari “artisti” nei confronti dei “giuristi” andò via via col diventare troppo stretto ai primi, consapevoli dell’importanza sempre crescente degli …
The Galilean School of Higher Education
In partnership with the Scuola Normale of Pisa, the Galilean School of Higher Education is established in Padua in 2004 with the aim of developing a university culture based on …
Costantino Cantacuzino
(ca 1650-1716 Costantinopoli) Romanian philosopher and writer Constantin Cantacuzino was born in a Wallachian boyar family of Greek origin, which claimed descent from the Byzantine imperial family Kantakouzenos.  Following the death of his father in …
Before the Bo: the acquisition of the “Hospitium Bovis”
Since when the university was established and throughout the XV century, lessons were not held in a fixed building, but it was instead up to the professors to find appropriate …
Giovanni Antonio Capodistria
(Corfu, Venetian Ionian Islands 1776 – Nafplion, Greece 1831) Physician and First Independent Greek Head of State Born to a noble Corfiot family, who had originally come from Koper.  In …
The ancient Palazzo Bo
After the Hospitium Bovis was initially used as a teaching venue, it became the official seat of the University of Padova in 1539.
Palazzo Cavalli
Palazzo Cavalli was built in the mid-16th century by the family of the same name, who went on to live there for more than two centuries. It made news just …
Alessandro Maurocordato
(Phanar, Costantinopoli 1636/1641 – 1709/1710) Doctor, Chief Dragoman of the Empire Council Son of a silk merchant, Nicola and Roxana Beglitzi, Maurocordato was born into a Byzantine family who had …
Il campus di Agripolis
Didactics, research and experimentation in the agricultural, veterinary and forestry fields at the University of Padova: today it is the Agripolis campus, built in the Nineties
Johann Wesling
(Minden, 1598- Padua, 30.8.1649) Wesling studied medicine at the University of Leiden between 1620 and 1622 and studied botany further under the guidance of Aelius Everhardus Vorstius.
Marino Becichemo
(Shkoder, Albania 1468 – 1526 Padua, Italy) Albanian humanist, orator, and chronicler Son of the secretary of the Republic of Venice, Marino and Bianca Pagnano of the Milanese merchant family. …
Stefano Báthory
(Somlyo, Transilvania 1533 – 1586 Grodno) King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stephen Báthory was born on 27 September 1533 in the castle at Somlyó, also known as …
Michel (de) L’Hospital
(1505 Aigueperse, France-1573 Etampes, France) Jean de L’Hôpital, Lord de La Roche Jean de L’Hôpital, seigneur de La Roche Son of Jean de L’Hospital and of Marie de La Guiole.  …
Giovanni Argiropulo (John Argyropoulos)
(1415 Constantinople, Ottoman Empire – 1487 Rome, Italy) Greek Scholar Son of a Manuel, his early education was dedicated to literary and philosophy. In 1439, he was a member of …
Demeter Dimitrija
(Zagreb, Croatia 1811- Zagreb, Croatia 1872) Greek Croatia Poet Born into a wealthy merchant family of Greek origin, at the age of sixteen Dimitrija wrote his first drama “”Βιργινία” (Virginia), …
Emanuele Sciascian
(Constantinople, Ottoman Empire 1775 -1858) Armenian physician Son of Boghos, a famous Armenian doctor, Sciascian studied in Venice with the Mekhitarists, a congregation of Benedictine monks. He then enrolled in …
The two Antonio Vallisneri, senior and junior
Antonio Vallisneri Senior (Tressilico, 3.5.1661 – Padua, 18.1.1730) studied medicine under the guidance of Marcello Malpighi in Bologna. He then graduated from the Medical College of Reggio Emilia
Giacomo Casanova
(Venice, 2.4.1725 – Duchcov, 4.6.1798) The Venetian Giacomo Casanova arrived in Padua in 1734 at the age of 9, where he studied and immediately showed his brilliant mind. In Padua, …
Anatomical dissections between the 15th and 16th centuries
Before the Anatomy Theatre was completed in 1595, anatomy was taught in Padua through the dissection of corpses in demountable theatres made from wooden galleries that would be put together …
Tullio Levi Civita
(Padua, 29.03.1873 – Rome, 29.12.1941) He graduated from the University of Padua in 1894 with a dissertation entitled ‘Sugli invarianti assoluti’.
Thomas Bartholin
(Malmö, Sweden 1616 – Copenhagen, Denmark 1680) Danish doctor of anatomy Son of anatomist Caspar Bartholin, Thomas Bartholin left for his medical pilgrimage in 1640, traveling first to France then …
Nicolò  Cusano
(Bernkastel-Kues, 1401 – Todi, 11.8.1464) German-born Nicholas of Cusa was a jurist, philosopher and philologist and is one of the illustrious foreign students depicted by Gian Giacomo Dal Forno in …
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