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Palazzo Bo and Anatomical Theatre

As one of the oldest and most picturesque buildings in Padua, Palazzo Bo has long stood as the heart of the University of Padua.

Encompassing several buildings, Palazzo Bo holds both an Ancient and a New Courtyard.  Lined with coats of arms embedded within its walls, the 16th century Ancient Courtyard gives way to the majestic Aula Magna and the renowned Anatomical Theatre, which is known as the oldest permanent anatomical theatre in the world (1595).  Passing through a small corridor, Palazzo Bo opens up to the New Courtyard. This 20th century courtyard leads to a series of rooms designed and decorated by the brilliant Italian architect Gio Ponti. Responsible for redefining the area of the Rectorate and the Aula Magna, the splendor of Gio Ponti’s vision for Palazzo Bo’s interior has recently undergone an impressive restoration.

Expressing its contemporary artistic component, Palazzo Bo also incorporates paintings and sculptures from leading Italian artists of the 20th century. Adorned with frescoes and mosaics, Palazzo Bo features works by Filippo De Pisis, Achille Funi, Ferruccio Ferrazzi, and Gino Severini. Dedicated to the Partisan commander Primo Visentin, the sculpture Palinuro (1947) by Arturo Martini also pays homage to those of the Italian Resistance. In recognition of Italy’s fight against fascism and on the anniversary of its liberation, the New Courtyard unveiled the sculpture Resistenza e Liberazione by Jannis Kounellis in 1995.

History of Palazzo Bo

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The artistic heritage of Palazzo Bo is open to the public. Explore it with guided tours.

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